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Rideable Super Mario Kart races into reality (for kids anyway)

A battery-powered Super Mario Kart toy car speeds its way from the video game realm into your home, ready to take young Marios for a spin.

Super Mario Kart ride-on
You'll wish you were a kid again.
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Super Mario Kart's plumber-driven vehicle is driving into the lives of children as an actual rideable toy car. The brightly colored cart sports the Mario "M" on the front and the exaggerated design features of its video-game counterpart in Mario Kart 7.

The battery-powered vehicle has forward and reverse, functioning pedals, brakes, and a seat belt to keep your little Mario from flying out of the cart. It also makes sounds from the games. You will have to provide blue overalls and a red hat if you want to achieve the full Mario look.

There are a few features missing compared to the video games. There are (understandably) no flames shooting out the back pipes or red shells circling the cart. Also, Donkey Kong won't be chasing you around on a motorcycle. Your kid's imagination will have to fill in the racing competition.

There is one big bummer about this rideable car. It's only rated to hold 70 pounds. That means a lot of sad adults will be watching kids having fun, but won't be able to participate themselves. Maybe a clever maker can figure out a way to beef up the suspension to handle more weight. The $200 vehicle is scheduled to ship in early March.

(Via Nerd Approved)