Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit News
News Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit Dev Announces Hot Wheels Follow-Up
A Nintendo release would be cool
Velan Studios last week made a tough announcement - revealing it would be shutting down its free-to-play multiplayer title Knockout City on 6th of June this year. In the same update, it said it had other IPs and products it was "very excited about". If you were wondering what's next, it seems the American developer...
Deals My Nintendo Store US Releases Preview Of Black Friday Offers, With Switch Bundles, Games And More (US)
Brace for Black Friday
Update: Nintendo's Black Friday deals are now live, including the Mario Kart Switch bundle detailed below. <products id="21441"> Original Article: Nintendo has provided a sneak peek preview at some of the Black Friday offers that will be available this year from 20th November. There looks to be discounts on Switch...
Random Mario Kart 64 Nearly Had A 'No Item' Mode To Appeal To F-Zero Fans
If you look at the Mario Kart franchise and the F-Zero franchise, it's pretty easy to determine which of the two has been more successful. On the one hand, Mario Kart has seen major releases all the way up to 2020 with Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, and will see a whole bunch of DLC launched for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe all the way...
Poll What's The Best Mario Kart Game?
Rate them Rainbow Roads
Some of us here at Nintendo Life Towers are convinced that your favourite Mario Kart game is simply the one you played first with three other players in the same room — or just one other player if you were there at the very beginning with Super Mario Kart on Super NES. We tend to think this because while we can all agree...
Random The Power Glove Is An Inventive Way To Play Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit
Even more hands-on
The Power Glove wasn't great. We know it, you know it, everyone knows it. It's infamous for being one of the worst controllers ever. Yet that doesn't stop people from being fascinated with it and trying new things out with the peripheral. Further reading: Feature: Uncovering The Unlikely Story Of The World's Worst Controller In...
News Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit Version 2.0.0 Is Now Available - Adds Split-Screen Multiplayer And More
If you've been looking for an excuse to revisit Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, here it is! Nintendo and Velan Studios have released a brand new update for the real-life kart racer - bumping the title up to Version 2.0.0. Once you've downloaded the Version 2.0 software update, you'll be able to race up to two karts on a single screen, in...
Random Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit Doubles Up As The Perfect DIY Companion
Mario's on a new mission
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit's already earned the titles of 'most unique take on a Mario Kart title' and 'game most likely to aggravate your cat', but now it's going for the honour of being the most likely game to help you out in a tight spot at home, too. As you may already know, Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit's karts –...
Talking Point Nintendo's Quirky Creativity Hasn't Always Paid Off On Switch, But It Matters
Standing out from the crowd
Nintendo is in a particularly strong position in the games industry at present - it's a hugely popular, talked about brand, and the company is still selling tens of millions of systems each year that - by this stage - will be increasingly inexpensive to produce. When you take relatively old, readily available technology...
News Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit Update 1.1.0 Adds New Mario Cup, Three New Environments And A Yoshi Kart
Download it today
Well, here's some surprising news, the latest update for Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit has added some brand new content to the game. It's entirely free and includes a new "Mario Cup", three new courses/environments, a "Gate" to use in course creation, and a new Yoshi kart. Here are the full patch notes for Version 1.1.0, courtesy...
News Nintendo Bosses Reveal Their Favourite Games At The Latest Shareholder Q&A
Lots of Famicom Disk System love
When it comes to Nintendo shareholder Q&As you generally get a mixture of very dry queries about sales performance or exchange rates, the rare juicy question and an occasional left field, bat crap question which has you wondering how these people got in the building in the first place. The latest shareholder...
News 'Mario Kart Live' Not Real Enough For You? Then Check Out This Full-Size Rival
Chaos Karts "combines real-life racing with augmented reality"
Mario Kart Live was a bit of a revelation due to the way it took the core gameplay of the Mario Kart series and transplanted it in the real world using remote-control karts equipped with cameras – and the power of the Nintendo Switch, of course. However, if Mario Kart Live wasn't...
Deals Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit Drops To Just £55 In The UK
Way cheaper than Nintendo's £99 asking price
Update: Did you grab one in time? It now looks like the Mario edition has sold out, and Luigi has returned to a higher price point. Hopefully they'll plummet in price again in the future. Original Article: If you haven't yet picked up Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit for Nintendo Switch, there's never...
News Animal Crossing Crowned Family Game Of The Year At The 2021 D.I.C.E. Awards
Mario Kart Live wins best racing game category
Animal Crossing: New Horizons has already won a bunch of awards over the past year, and now to top it off, it's taken out the best family game at the 24th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards. The other games in this category included Astro's Playroom, Dreams, Fall Guys and Sack Boy. The only other first-party...
News Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit Is Now Available In The UK For £79.99
Be sure act fast!
If you haven't picked up Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit yet and happen to be located in the UK, now might be a perfect time. According to Eurogamer, it's the cheapest it's ever been available for in this region, reduced from £99.99 now £79.99. That's a great value when you consider everything that's included! This offer is...
News Mario Kart 8 Overtakes Mario Kart Wii As Best-Selling Series Entry
Combining Wii U and Switch sales, that is
Having published its latest quarterly financial results, it appears Nintendo is doing all right — if you define selling software by the truckload as Switch outperforms 3DS lifetime sales less than four years into its lifespan 'all right'. One of the secrets to Nintendo's success is the evergreen appeal of...
News DICE Awards Finalists Include Hades, Ori, Spiritfarer, Animal Crossing, And Mario Kart Live
Hades gets 8 noms, ACNH bags just three
The 24th annual DICE Awards is due to take place on April 8th, 2021, and ahead of the (virtual) event, the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences has announced the finalists for their 23 categories, including "Game of the Year", "Outstanding Achievement for an Independent Game", and "Adventure Game of the...
News Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit Decorations Are Now Redeemable On My Nintendo (Europe)
Just pay shipping
My Nintendo has been offering a much-improved range of physical goods recently, like Pikmin 3 coasters, Mario posters, and even an adorable Animal Crossing tote bag, and now you can pick up something that should hopefully enhance your game time on
Random This Mario Kart And LEGO Mario Fusion Is A Work Of Genius
Augmented augmented reality
We're starting to get a bit scared of Mario. The behatted, bemoustached plumber has has been slowly leaking into real life, with Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit using AI to turn our messy living room into a go-kart course, and LEGO Super Mario letting us scan barcodes to create platforming levels made entirely out of...
Random Super-Clever AR Hacks Make Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit Really Shine
Wanna be inspired?
With the right setup, Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit can be a real blast. If you've got the imagination – and perhaps more importantly, the space – it can offer a Mario Kart experience truly unlike any other. Of course, some creative folk are taking things well beyond the norm, including the annoyingly imaginative people...
Random 3D-Printed Rainbow Road Takes Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit To A Whole Other Level
We've all been doing it wrong
The fact that Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit allows you to design your own real-life tracks means that the creative freedom available is already through the roof, but some are now taking that to wonderful extremes. 3D printer manufacturer, BCN3D, has decided to take things into its own hands and create a surprisingly...
News Animal Crossing: New Horizons Nominated For Game Awards 2020 GOTY
Will it be the game of the year?
The nominations for this year's Game Awards have been revealed and Animal Crossing: New Horizons is in the running to take out the game of the year. It's up against, Doom Eternal, Final Fantasy VII Remake, Ghost of Tsushima, the indie hit Hades, and The Last of Us Part II. An
Video Nintendo Shares Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit Course Creation Tips
Amazingly, Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit has already been out in the wild for almost a month now, and we're sure plenty of you have been building all sorts of crazy courses around your homes – probably annoying your cats in the process. If you're feeling a little stuck and are in need of some inspiration, though, the video above...
Japanese Charts Nintendo Switch Claims The Entire Top 10 This Week
Top 11, actually
Famitsu's Japanese chart figures are now in for 19th - 25th October 2020, showing that Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit has slipped down to number 5 as Animal Crossing: New Horizons regains the top spot in time for Halloween. Impressively, Switch games take every one of the top 10 entries, with Minecraft at number 7 and Pokémon Sword...
News New Pikmin Themed Goodies Are Now Available On My Nintendo (US)
Some Mario Kart items, too
This week sees the arrival of Pikmin 3 Deluxe on the Switch and to celebrate this particular release, Nintendo has added some new and appropriately themed rewards to My Nintendo in the US. Shipping fees apply. First up, we have a set of Pikmin 3 coasters (set of four) - available for a total of 400 Platinum Points. My...
Random Sorry, Mario Kart Live - Sega Beat You To The Punch Over 30 Years Ago
You won't fit this track in your house, however
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit is one of those "wow" concepts which can't help but raise a smile; being able to drive a tiny car around your living room and terrorise your pets is a good time, as you'll know if you've consulted our review. However, this isn't the first time a Japanese
News Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit Receives Its Very First Update
Includes some camera improvements
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit might be a different type of video game experience, but it seems it will still be receiving the same level of support as Nintendo's standard first-party releases. A few weeks after it raced onto the Switch, this real-life kart racer has now received its very first update. This bumps...
Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? (October 24th)
Here are our picks, but what are yours?
Here we are at the end of another week, which this time brought us a seriously hot take on Nintendo's business practices, a Super Mario Bros. 35 bombshell, and the announcement of an iconic
Japanese Charts Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit Speeds Into First Place
As Nintendo takes nine of top ten
Famitsu's Japanese chart figures are now in for 12th - 18th October, revealing that Nintendo's Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit has debuted in first place. Combined sales of the Mario and Luigi bundles reached an estimated 73,918 units in its opening week, comfortably sitting ahead of the second-place game, Animal...
Random It Turns Out Some Cats Love Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit
Nintendo Life cats meet Mario
At the end of last week, we shared an article highlighting the struggles being faced by the world's cat population as a result of Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit. The extremely important and serious piece of journalism explored a variety of lovely kitties, finding that many appeared to be scared of the zooming Mario RC...
Feature Nintendo And Velan Studios On Bringing Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit Into The (Real) World
"This is perhaps the most technologically complex and riskiest project I've worked on"
Following its announcement back in September, Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit recently sped into homes across the land, and no doubt many of you have been crafting intricate circuits around your home, pulling off daring manoeuvres between chair legs, leaving tyre...
News If You're Feeling Creative, Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit Even Works With Ramps And Tunnels
The ceiling's the limit
Nintendo's shiny new toy, Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, is now available to buy on Switch. It might be rubbing people's cats up the wrong way, but this clever, creative way to play one of the best multiplayer series of all time is certainly providing lots of enjoyment for new buyers. If you've
Random Sakurai's Cat Is Also Curious About Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit
The demon beast appears
Legendary game designer and director of the Super Smash Bros. series, Masahiro Sakurai, has been playing Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit this weekend, and like other cats, his own seems to be equally as intrigued by Nintendo's latest release. He shared the following image over on his Twitter account yesterday. This cat in the...
Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? (October 17th)
Here are our picks, but what are yours?
The air's getting colder and the days are getting darker, but this week has been just as busy as ever in the world of Nintendo. The company has been dishing out legal hammer blows against a fan-made Zelda project and a popular TikTok star, Minecraft's Steve arrived in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – along with...
PSA You Can Play Mario Kart Live Outside, But We Wouldn't Recommend It
It's against the rules
Keep this to yourself, but it's perfectly possible to play Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit outside. Nintendo doesn't want you to know this - in fact, the game's packaging warns against doing so - but you can, if you so wish, drive your little RC car outdoors. Because the connection exists between the Switch console and the car...
Random Yep, Cats Really Aren't Liking Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit
Less than impressed
Any cat owners receiving their shiny new copy of Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit today were probably already worrying about how their feline friends would adapt to a new, speedy Mario kart boosting around the living room. As you might expect, early indicators reveal that it's not going well. The thing's only been in people's hands...
News Ruined Your Mario Kart Live Cardboard Gates? Don't Worry, You Can Print More At Home
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit is out today, meaning Switch players all over the world are now busy setting up their very own Mario Kart race tracks in their living rooms. Should things take a bit of a wrong turn, however, Nintendo's got your back. As you'll know if you've read our Mario Kart Live review, the software and Mario RC...
Guide Where To Buy Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit On Nintendo Switch
Speed is of the essence
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit might not be the Mario Kart sequel you were expecting in 2020, but it's sure to become one of the year's hottest products. You use your Switch and the wonders of "Mixed Reality" technology to control a RC car and race it around a custom-built track in your living room, kitchen or bedroom. The...
Poll Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit Is Out Today On Switch, Are You Getting It?
Mario Kart enters the real world
Today sees the arrival of Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit on the Nintendo Switch. Obviously, it's similar but also different from any other Mario Kart game ever released. Instead of taking control of a virtual kart, this time around you're operating a remote control car. Obviously, one big factor with this game is...
News New Mario Themed Physical Goodies Are Now Available On My Nintendo (US)
Get them while you can
Nintendo has restocked My Nintendo in the US with new physical rewards. This time around these goodies are all Super Mario themed and are "inspired" by Paper Mario: The Origami King, Super Mario 3D All-Stars, and the latest Switch release, Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit. Shipping fees apply. Paper Mari
Nintendo Download 15th October (Europe)
Mario Kart Live! Cloudpunk! G.I. Joe!
The latest Nintendo Download update for Europe has arrived, and it's bringing new games galore to the eShop in your region. As always, be sure to drop a vote in our poll and comment down below with your potential picks for the week. Enjoy! Switch Retail eShop - New Releases: 9 Monkeys of Shaolin (Koch Media,...
Nintendo Download 15th October (North America)
Mario Kart! Space Crew! Zoids!
The latest Nintendo Download update for North America has arrived, and it's bringing new games galore to the eShop in your region. As always, be sure to drop a vote in our poll and comment down below with your potential picks for the week. Enjoy! Switch eShop - Highlights: Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit (Nintendo,...
Video Here's A Look At All 24 Track Themes Available In Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit
It's out this Friday!
If you're itching to see more of Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit before it speeds into living rooms this Friday – can you believe we're only days away already? – then you'll want to check out the video above. A series of short clips have been uploaded to the game's official Japanese website, and Nintendo Everything has taken...
Video 17 Exciting New Games Coming To Nintendo Switch In October
Your backlog will be thrilled
Whether you're ready or not, the holidays are right around the corner and as per usual, they're bringing a batch of new games to Switch. The battle royale take on everyone's favorite platforming plumber, Super Mario Bros. 35 is off to a great start, Nickelodeon is taking another spin at the kart racing genre with,...
Video Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit Gets A Shiny New Commercial
It's out next week!
Next week sees the launch of Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit on Switch, Nintendo's latest attempt to bring innovative fun into your home through a combination of video games and physical toys. A new commercial has been posted online to build the hype (see above), showing off some of the exciting things you can do with the new...
First Impressions Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit
Don't get RC about it, you might like it
You probably don't need us to tell you that Mario Kart is one of Nintendo's crown jewels; the series has sold a staggering 150 million copies to date, with 35 million of those attributable to the most recent mainline instalment, Mario Kart 8 – which, in a rather unique twist, is currently the best-selling...
News Velan Reveals An Early Prototype Of Its Mario Kart RC
The finished product is "essentially a mini-console on wheels"
Nintendo has released a developer interview video featuring Velan Studios, the team behind Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit. While the entire thing is worth watching, one of the highlights would have to be a look at one of the prototype karts. Here it is, along with some extra insight from...
Video New Trailer Gives In-Depth Look At Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit
3, 2, 1...Go!
Nintendo has just released a brand new extended trailer for Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, coming to Switch on 16th October. It gives us our best look at the game yet - explaining how the kits, karts and tracks work. Set up for the game involves placing down four gates, then driving through each one to create a course layout. An area...
Guide Upcoming Nintendo Switch Games And Accessories For October And November 2020
Captain Olimar and the gang are back!
Well, that's September down and we're heading into the scariest month of the year (although considering the past nine months of 2020, we've had more than enough of scary events thank-you-very-much — we're hoping for a nice sedate October). September played host to some excellent Switch games, not least Super...
Poll Did You Know That Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit Supports Up To Four Players?
Or did you think it was just two?
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit might not necessarily be the future of the Mario Kart series, but it's shaping up to be a fun detour which mixes real-world RC cars with AR visuals displayed via your Switch's screen. The game's trailer does an excellent job of communicating just how cool a concept this is, but there's...
Gallery Here's A Look At Some Of The Costumes In Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit
Games launches this October
Let's be honest - none of us expected Nintendo's next Mario Kart title to use real RC cars and augmented reality. That's not the only different thing about Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit compared to the mainline series. The racers in this upcoming release will also be able to wear costumes. Something that we haven't...