In this game, you don't just hold the wheel of Mario and Luigi's racing cars. You can also control RC cars of iconic Nintendo characters in the real world.
Yes, Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit comes with an RC car. When you play games on the Switch console, you also drive a car in the real world.
Combining virtual elements with the real world like this is nothing new for Nintendo. Six years ago, this Japanese company introduced Amiibo for the Wii U and 3DS consoles. The game brings Nintendo-made action figures to the virtual world.
Then, Nintendo released Labo for Switch in 2018. Utilizing augmented reality (AR) technology, this game comes with cardboard pieces that can be arranged into a variety of unique games, from piano to fishing rod to small robots.
With unique game mechanics and collectible physical toys, Amiibo and Labo are also successful in the market. What about Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit? Does this game have the same potential for success?
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit is the latest edition of Nintendo's flagship racing game series. Different from the previous series, Mario Kart Live comes with one RC car. So, this makes Mario Kart Live one of the unique gifts for gamers.
Who is the driver in the car? Of course, the plumber Mario. However, Nintendo also provides a Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit package with Luigi in the open cabin of his car.
Another interesting thing about this game is the racing circuit. It's not Nintendo anymore that determines the limits of track choices, but you because the racing circuit in this game is your home.
In addition to RC cars, the Mario Kart Live sales package includes a set of Labo-style cartons that can be arranged into racing checkpoints. Install the cardboard arrangement at the points you want and run the RC car through each checkpoint to form a racing track.
Mario Kart's racing track is certainly not complete without tons of obstacles. You can also use items in your house to create challenging trails. Coupled with the virtual obstacles and various power-ups available in the game, the racing session will feel even more exciting.
Interestingly, the RC car that you run on the track in your house will react according to the condition of the car in the game. For example, when you get hit by a bomb or hit an obstacle on the track, not only will the virtual car stop moving, the RC car will also stop.
The speed also depends on the class of vehicle you choose. There are four classes available at Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, ranging from the lowest 50 ccs to the highest 200 ccs. The higher the class, the higher the speed of the virtual car and RC car.
The costs that you have to prepare to enjoy racing on the console, as well as your house at the same time, are not cheap. To have Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, you have to be prepared to spend starting from $ 164.99.
With this high price, you get a lot of completeness in the box. The first is of course a car with Mario or Luigi as the driver. Then, there are four checkpoint fences, two-player speed directing arrows, and a USB-C cable for charging the RC car.
If the budget is available and you are a big fan of Mario and Mario Kart, you shouldn't miss this game. Are you ready to buy it?