Nintendo has lifted the lid on its next Mario Kart game, and we certainly weren't expecting it to look quite like this.
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit uses real RC cars with cameras attached to them. The idea is that you create your own course in the real world, and then race around it using the Switch.
The video feed from the RC car is relayed to your console's screen, with elements such as item boxes and rival races appeared via Augmented Reality. You can even rope in up to three more people for some multiplayer action.
The game has been produced in conjunction with Velan Studios. Here's some PR:
Velan Studios has partnered with Nintendo to design and power a magical new Mario Kart experience, Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, on the Nintendo Switch system. Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit is a mixed reality (MR) game that combines a camera-enabled physical kart and course gate markers to turn any living space into the next great Mario Kart circuit. With Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, players design and construct courses in the real world, and race the circuit in a mixed reality experience that blends the digital game world with the real world in an immersive way on the Nintendo Switch system.
“We are thrilled to partner with Velan Studios for Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit,” said Tom Prata, Nintendo of America’s Executive Vice President of Strategic Initiatives. “Through this collaboration, we are providing fans with a one-of-a-kind, interactive experience that is only available on the Nintendo Switch family of systems.”
Velan Studios is building on the legacy of its founders Karthik and Guha Bala and their core team, renowned for their innovations in fusing toys with interactive game experiences.
“Our mission at Velan is to create breakthrough games that are magic,” said Karthik Bala, CEO, Velan Studios. “We invented the initial mixed reality hardware and game prototype to really nail the exhilaration of racing in the real world with the play and feel of a video game. We showed the experience to Nintendo and were thrilled they saw its potential. That started a wonderful multi-year creative collaboration, which became Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit. We can’t wait to see the creative ways fans play when they race around their own creations as Mario and Luigi.”
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit launches on October 16th.