Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit turns your house into a digital race track

This seems like a perfect way to pass the time at home.

Sean Szymkowski
It all started with Gran Turismo. From those early PlayStation days, Sean was drawn to anything with four wheels. Prior to joining the Roadshow team, he was a freelance contributor for Motor Authority, The Car Connection and Green Car Reports. As for what's in the garage, Sean owns a 2016 Chevrolet SS, and yes, it has Holden badges.
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Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit

I'm in.

Velan Studios

More of us are staying home amid the coronavirus pandemic to protect ourselves and others. But there are only so many projects and puzzles we can put together. Thank goodness for Nintendo because the company is literally ready to turn our homes into Mario Kart race tracks.

On Thursday, Nintendo and developer Velan Studios revealed Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit for the Nintendo Switch as part of the series' 35th anniversary celebrations. It's exactly what it sounds like: Your home is the race track, thanks to a mixed-reality experience. Details on how it all works are light for now, but players will be able to create their own race circuits from areas around their house. The studio also teased a new kind of local multiplayer with digital opponents on the homemade race tracks. It sounds awesome.

Despite this shift in gameplay, the studio promises the classic Mario Kart playability and controls. Add that to the ability to create your own tracks from your house, and it sounds like a formula for fun. Plus, who knows how creative gamers will get when it comes to building their own tracks? It's probably only a matter of time before we see a real-world Rainbow Road, honestly. 

Don't worry, you have time to draw up schematics. Mario Kart: Home Circuit is set for launch on Oct. 16 with more details to come in the month ahead.

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