Always wanted to race around the streets of Tokyo dressed up as your Super Mario character on a go-kart? Well you soon won't be able to do that, if Nintendo has its way in court.
While driving go-karts aren't exactly a new thing, MariCar's combination of being able to drive on actual roads while dressed up as characters from Super Mario have great appeal to tourists visiting Japan. The surge in popularity has not gone unnoticed, however, and Nintendo is taking action.
Nintendo claims that the company's name, MariCar, is a play on its popular Mario Kart racing games, and that MariCar is using Mario branding and apparel for advertising purposes with out permission.
MariCar, which charges a customer around 8,000 to 11,000 yen (about $70 to $100) for a 2-hour ride, lets customers put on a Mario onesie while driving around Tokyo's fashionable Shinjuku area in groups of 6 to 12.
And it's not a gig for slow drivers, according to this online review. The route takes you up on expressways alongside cars and buses, and you'll have to keep up with the convoy. A valid international driving license is also required, and no, you don't get to shoot turtle shells at other drivers. It's not really a race, after all.
If you're keen to try this out before it gets shut down completely, you'd best be heading on a plane to Tokyo as soon as possible before it all the fun ends.