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 Mario Kart RC cars and the downloadable software on Switch.
Last week, we shared our first impressions of Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit after being treated to a remote demonstration. While some diehard Mario Kart fans might be viewing this as a gimmicky take on the franchise, we think it does have an awful lot of potential. You can read our early thoughts here, or check them out in video form below if that's your thing.
How are you feeling about Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit? Are you excited for it? Not interested? Let us know in the comments.
This looks awesome but may wait until prices drop a little.
Fun Fact: Australia lost a war with Emus (those ostrich-like birds) and their next war is gonna be with the kids using these Mario Kart Toys.
At least it’ll be easy to drift the kart with those joycons
The Great Mario Kart Clash of 2020, a truly bloody battle.
It's a shame these little cars don't have removable shells, so that we could have a bunch of different characters to chose from without having to buy new cars.
Can’t wait to see the innovative and cool things people will do with this
Yeah, but what are the chances I can actually preorder and buy one?
Perfect holiday gift
I really much rather have a proper new Mario Kart installment. I wonder how many people are actually gonna get this and use it on a frequent basis.
Though I have to admit if they release a Yoshi variant I'll most likely dip into it too despite my total lack of space in my home.......
@willmasse Same. Can't find any pre orders anywhere.
I feel people need to stop looking upon this as a successor to Mario Kart 8. It’s not the intention. I’d have loved this as a kid. Nowadays? Not gonna buy it but I’m quite impressed by the tech (assuming it works more or less accurately).
Neat little toy, but so impractical for many people's living spaces.
@Yosher I would too. Bit this is not made by Nintendo and looks quite innovative so i will not complain
@arabiansanchez I don't know why some people think it's Mario Kart 9 or something instead of considering it as a spin-off.
Is this up for pre-order yet? I can’t seem to find it on Amazon...
I kind of want this, outside of the gimmicks it seems to have good solid Mario Kart gameplay at it's core.
However, i don't like the lack of splitscreen multiplayer.
Does anyone think it's likely or at least possible that they'll add splitscreen in an update?
@EmirParkreiner if there's enough backlash, ya
The Switch's Bluetooth can connect to 8 Joycons at once for 8 player games (Super Bomberman R, Smash Bros, Arcade Love Plus Pengo!), which includes sending different rumble information to each of the 8 Joycons, so i don't think that's a limitation.
It can clearly send and receive data to and from 8 devices at once, so 4 Joycons and 4 karts should be possible in theory.
In practice, things could be more complicated because the video data, and to be honest i don't understand enough about the technology behind this to know if there could be a technical bottleneck because of the size of the video data, but in theory, it should be possible.
Keep in mind that in 2/4 player splitscreen, each picture only takes up a half/quarter of the screen, so the Switch would only need to receive a picture in a half/quarter of the resolution.
There could be a broad variety of concessions that could be made to limit the data that has to be send/received, like allowing only one Joycon per player, deactivating rumble, or, IF the game runs at 60 FPS, lowering the framerate to 30 FPS so only half the number of pictures has to be received from every kart.
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