Nintendo and Hot Wheels have today announced a partnership which will see a global release of Hot Wheels Mario Kart die-cast vehicles and tracks.
The collection will be made up of three Mario Kart game-inspired track sets and plenty of characters from the franchise. At launch, Mario, Yoshi, Luigi, and Bowser will all be available as 1:64th scale vehicles, with others such as Princess Peach, Koopa Troopa and Toad "coming soon".
The three track sets we mentioned will include the following:
- Hot Wheels Mario Kart Track Set Course-Inspired Assortments:
--- Piranha Plant Slide Track Set
--- Thwomp Ruins Track Set
- Hot Wheels Mario Kart Circuit Track Set
Matt Brutocao, Senior Director of Global Brand Marketing at Hot Wheels, has shared the following statement:
“Mario Kart and Hot Wheels are two of the most iconic brands in play, each with their own storied history and devoted fan base, so the combination of the two is something very special. Our new Hot Wheels Mario Kart line creates an exciting Mario Kart play experience, complete with fun characters, authentic details and the type of out-of-this-world racing challenges that are synonymous with Hot Wheels.”
The tracks and cars will be available globally in select markets and retailers from this summer and, to celebrate the launch, Hot Wheels will feature Mario Kart at San Diego Comic-Con from 17th - 21st, giving attendees the chance to check out a Metal Mario vehicle which will be exclusive to Mattel's booth and on Mattel's official site.
Right, hands up. Who needs that track immediately? We're reorganising the office as we speak.
This is not the Mario Kart Maker that I wanted.
Two of my favorite things from my childhood come together... It's times like these only that I wish I was indeed a kid again
I'm staring at this thing wanting to know if Thwomp does anything so badly.
There should make a Rainbow Road track that has to guard rails on the sides of the roads
@Sunsy There seems to be a yellow toggle in front of the Thwomp. So I'm thinking that if you flip it then the Thwomp will lower, covering both sides of the track.
The concept definitely seems cool and I'm interested in getting it for my boys, but that Mario... shudders
@patbacknitro18 That should be really fun to see in action, like those times when Twomps crush the other racers and you're the one who narrowly avoids getting hit.
I hear you about feeling old!
Fortunately, I have young daughters who will be my excuse for investing in one of the play sets. 😁
My kids will love this!
I’m so glad that I have a 9 Month old Son! 🤗
I’ve been a Nintendo fan since I was 4 years old, and I’m happy to share the Nintendo world with my Son!!!
I'm 38 and I want this, is that bad?
Dang it, I'm almost 27 and childless but so tempted....
I used to have a box full of toy cars and motorcycles till I gave them to my cousin's son. Mario Kart is one of my top 3 favorite game IPs (the others being Zelda and Sims).
@AlternateButtons It's so good to see more people having reverse nostalgia, agreeing that things when they were young not only were not as great as people remember, but also kids of today are often really lucky, having stuff that we never had and we would love.
Finally after 5 years, a new Mario Kart.
I don't need this...I don't need this...I don't need this...
Jokes aside, these things are fun. I have the MK8 slot car set, and my daughter loves it. This looks just as fun.
@AlternateButtons ha! eBay existed when you where a child?
If I wanted a Mario figure I had to make it myself with play-doh!
These kids today...
@Zequio Yeah, back then I bought warhammer orcs and goblins and pretended they were Moblins and Bokoblins ahahaha I think pokemon had the first toys that I had, polly pocket type things.
I have a 1 yr 4 month old... He sort of likes playing with hot wheels, so I guess it's slightly justifiable
Is this backwards compatible with OTHER hot wheels tracks? If so, then I can make the tracks of my DREAMS! But i'm 16 and too old to be playing with toys! I WANT TO BE A LITTLE KID AGAIN DARN IT!😡
@AlternateButtons My brother and I had the Banjo from Diddy Kong Racing and Link on Epona figures back in 2001. They weren't easy to find but I remember seeing a wide range of Mario Kart and Donkey Kong figures, Nintendo plushies and more. I also had a Yoshi watch. But you are right the variety these days is ridiculous compared to 15 years ago. Also look at the bright side; kids these days will never know what it's like to experience games Ocarina of Time when it first came out.
My son is going to love this!
I’m fifty, and I’m definitely getting this. I might let my three-year-old daughter play with it too...
Nintendo is sitting on a gold mine with this things. After hot wheels, the next step is joininh a doll company for a lineup of "Nintendo Princesses"
@Zequio You mean you actually had Play-Doh??? We had to fashion our mario figures out of my dad's leftover beard shavings. So jealous...
I would have actually loved this as a kid. I liked both Mario Kart and Hot Wheels. Good move Nintendo.
Although, do kids even play with toys anymore? I see even little kids in stores now with their parent's smartphones and it makes me a little sad.
Reminds me of those Kn’ex Mario Kart sets. Anyone remember those?
adults will be buying this up lol
100% buying this for my son. He loves Mario Kart and Hot Wheels....this is a match made in heaven. I also love building these things together with him.
@Milton_Burle Yes, that is bad. I am 37 and I want this and I find that to still be an acceptable age, but 38... Grow up man!
@Milton_Burle: Yeah. Time to visit the psychiatrist
@Yomerodes: or LEGO.
@MischiefMaker You had a Dad? I I grew up with a discarded atom that I called Dad.
@Timsworld2 I'm 70 million years old and have impregnated millions of beings over that time. With the creation of billions of offsprings. None of them are good enough to play with the Mario Kart Hotwheels. I will have to travel throughout the universes and time to eradicate all of them.
Thanks Nintendo all that work is for nothing.
Definitely will be getting these. I have four kids and out of that number I have three boys that would love this set. My eldest has been wanting those Mario KNex sets but they are hard to find. I’m sure he will be happy with these instead and I will probably end up buying all of the sets.
Just the Yoshi kart and maybe the Toad kart for me. Look nice on my desk. File under corporate stress toy
@AlternateButtons at least you had eBay, when I was a kid if it wasn't sold at Argos or Electronics Boutique you had no chance.
To be quite honest I think Hot Wheels and Matchbox were 1000% better when I was a kid. So many of them had opening doors and other gimmicks, and the attention to detail was much higher.
A lot of things have gotten better since I was a child in the Middle Ages, I mean the Seventies. Hot Wheels aren't among that number.
I'm grown, but I'm going to buy this for myself. It looks fun, so why not?
This would have been great as a child, since I used to love Hot Wheels. I'm going to pass the torch onto my nephews and get it for them instead for the holidays. Translation: "Build the set for them, and have fun watching the cars go round and round the track like the good old days."
@Daniel36 Growing up is associated with taxes, retirement funds, credit, bills, and other boring things. I think it is okay for grown men to love these toys, since the nostalgia is very strong among us. I'm 27 and I feel like I can never grow out of video games, toys, and other fun things because being an adult sucks. It's nice to just fool around a bit once in a while, otherwise we'll age too fast from stress.
Early Xmas present for daughters this summer... whether they like it or not
nice it will be fun for kids that's for sure
I find it hilarious that a video game company is making toys in a world that most kids just waste time playing Mariokart...
@Vectorman Nope, I was never really a fan of fighting or FPS games, though I play occasionally. #4 and #5 are probably Dragon Age and Spyro.
That looks so cool! 👍 But I bet if that came out when I was a kid, it would've been one of those super expensive toys that other kids always seemed to have 😅
@Vectorman I’m not writing them off, but they’re not my favorite genres. I play them when the mood strikes or someone else wants to play, but they’re not my go-to games. I have some FPS games and all but the 3DS Smash lying around in case I feel like playing. I have some other fighting games too and have some Assassin’s Creed. I have Dead Space and even a couple indie psychological horror games on my laptop.
I like the original Halo and picked up a copy for my Xbox One. When I actually had people to play with I was a berserker in the campaign and a sniper when playing against others. Gears of War is cool, but the Kryll remind me of a nightmare I had when I was little.
As for Smash, I used to like it a lot more when I was younger, but my nephew has managed to turn it into a pain. I’m not exactly happy to have a little kid telling me how to play a game I’ve played for 20 years when he spends more time watching YouTube videos about it than playing then I get guilt-tripped for kicking his butt. He’s interrupted date nights and college assignments then woken me up at 7 in the morning. I had to firmly tell him no means no and “maybe later” will become a hard “no” if he begs/complains because it’s my stuff and in my bedroom. I get nervous because he jumps around like a crazy person when he’s overexcited during the game and I don’t want him to damage anything or hurt someone. I freaked out when my room was filled with 5 people plus a cat then my 6-year-old niece decided to leap over the GC controller cord when it was stretched to the limit, forcing me to watch her nearly hurt herself and murder my console in one bound.
I love my nephew and he’s very sweet, but I don’t want to play the same thing every Friday evening when I have a large collection and backlog of various genres dating from the 80’s to this week. Maybe I just want to watch a movie on the TV instead of my laptop.
@penamiguel92 Just to be sure, I was of course joking about the "grow up man"! Not sure if you caught that, but it was very much a lighthearted joke on my part, because I fully agree with you!
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