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GameSpot Video - Mario Kart Live Vs. My Cats

Mario Kart Live brings racing into your living room, making your home--and your pets--an obstacles to overcome. So how does it fare against two cats in a studio apartment?

WWE Superstar Xavier Woods plays Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit inside the WWE Thunderdome

Mario Kart in the squared circle!

WWE Superstar Xavier Woods is huge into gaming, and that includes the Nintendo side of things. Woods scooped up a copy of Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, and he actually set it up inside the WWE Thunderdome, which is where weekly television episodes are being filmed. See how the setup went in the video above!

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit speed comparison (50cc to 200cc)

Definitely buckle up for this one

It's pretty amazing how Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit makes 50cc feel like a decent clip, all thanks to the low angle of the camera. That means things really get cranked up when you're driving at 200cc! It might not look super fast if you're watching the kart from a third person perspective, but being in the kart cockpit makes it feel blazingly fast!

Nintendo discusses a specific problem with carpets they had to address in Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit

The rub with rugs

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit is now available on Switch, and countless players have been zipping around their homes having a blast. Most players would say that cats are the biggest challenge in playing the game, but Nintendo and Velan Studios actually had another unique issue to tackle during development. Nintendo's Hiroki Ikuta detailed the problem in an interview with Nintendo Life.

One issue we had was that when we lowered the speed of the kart to a level easy even for novice players to drive, the kart sometimes couldn’t run on carpet. To ensure players can enjoy Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit on a variety of different flooring, we implemented several ideas to cope with situations like that, such as making improvements to the hardware of the kart to increase torque, and taking data from the kart to work with the game and adjust the kart’s output.

Random Time! - User creates handcrafted Yoshi Circuit for Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit


In this special Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit video, we'll showcase the track we created the past couple of weekends. Time to meet our very own Yoshi Circuit!

Even Masahiro Sakurai's cat is messing with Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit

A catastrophe!

One thing that people have learned right away with Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit is that cat's can't resist it. Thousands of pictures and videos showing cats attacking/inspecting the Mario Kart RC toy have popped up since launch, and even Masahiro Sakurai is getting in on it.

The picture above shows off Sakurai's cat, who clearly took an interest in Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit. Sakurai shared the image on Twitter, along with a caption that read "the demon beast appears."

You can, but you really shouldn't use Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit outside

Keep it inside!

Nintendo and Velan Studios don't want you to use Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit outside. The box for the game specifically says the toy is for indoor use only. The thing is, there's nothing about the product itself that prevents outside play.

If you really want to, you can take your Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit experience outside and have Mario zip around on more solid surfaces like driveways, decks, and so on. That said, we really, REALLY recommend against it. The karts aren't built for outside use, and any dirt, moisture, or mud that get into/on the kart can permanently damage them.

We strongly suggest you follow Nintendo's guidelines and keep the action indoors. You'll ensure the longevity of your kart that way, making sure it's around and playable for years to come

Nintendo recreates a Super Mario Kart track for Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit

No Mode 7 here

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit lets you use your imagination to create the tracks of your dreams. It can also be used to recreate some classic tracks from previous Mario Kart games! That's exactly what Nintendo did in the video above, which showcases a real-life version of Mario Circuit 1 from Super Mario Kart.

Check out the launch trailer for Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit

In Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, create your very own course in your home as you watch the Mario Kart come into the real world like never before! Race in different Grand Prix Cups to unlock customization options for your own Custom Race, or play with up to 3 friends as you race for the finish line.

1 Lap on All 24 Track Environments in Mario Kart Live

Oh the places you'll go

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit launches today! Want to see a bit more of what the game has to offer? Check out the video above, which shows off a bit of footage from all 24 track environments.

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