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Mario Kart Live Home Circuit brings AR racing to your living room

Nintendo has announced an augmented reality remote control car edition of Mario Kart you can play at home via the Switch called Mario Kart Live Home Circuit.

The announcement was made as part of a surprise Direct presentation to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros alongside a physical Game + Watch handheld console and 3D All-Stars, a collection of old Mario games remastered for the Switch.

Live Home Circuit will see racers take control of small battery-powered cars that can be driven around invisible circuits in the home. They’re invisible in real life because you’ll only really know where you’re going by the display on the Switch console (including the Lite).

A small camera on the karts will mean you can see where you’re going without even being in the same room. The augmented reality features don’t stop there because the physical karts will respond to things like boosts and getting hit by items in-game.

You can play with up to four players in local multiplayer mode and although arches will be placed around the room for the karts to drive through, the layout of the track can be completely custom.

Nintendo said: “Race against Koopalings in Grand Prix to unlock skins to customise courses and costumes for Mario and Luigi,”

Mario and Luigi karts will be the only ones available at launch on 16 October at a price of $99 per set. Watch the full trailer below.

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