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Nintendo Download: Experience State-of-the-Kart Technology

Yes, it’s here. Or, it almost is anyway. Mario Kart is coming to your house this week, thanks to Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit. And yeah, there’s other stuff too.

Running the circuit

Let’s be honest for a second here – the rest of the Nintendo Download isn’t anywhere near as interesting as Mario Kart Live. It just isn’t. I mean, it’s Mario Kart racing, brought into the real world, with some of the coolest AR tech I’ve seen.

The game, which is effectively a remote control racer that works with the Switch, allows players to set up and race through Mario Kart tracks in real life. There are hazards, power-ups, competing racers… everything that makes MK so much fun. But of course, the hook is that you set up the courses in your own house (or wherever).

Mario Kart Live hits retail tomorrow, and could be brutally hard to find this Holiday season. So, if you want one and you see either a Mario or Luigi box set, you might want to consider grabbing it.

As for the other stuff… eh, there’s actually some good stuff. 9 Monkies of Shaolin looks pretty cool, as does Green Hell. Then there’s The Jack Box Party Pack 7, the new Zoids game, and a bunch of others. I can’t say any of it sounds or looks as awesome as Mario Kart Live does, but maybe that’s just me.

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch

  • Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit – The fast-paced racing action of the Mario Kart series is speeding into the real world. Using a Nintendo Switch or Nintendo Switch Lite system, you control a physical kart and race it on custom courses you create in your own home. Square off against Bowser Jr. and the Koopalings in eight unique Grand Prix cups. Each race will show off different customizations that you can use on your own course. Bring your imagination to life as your real-world surroundings transform into the ultimate Mario Kart competition. Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit will be available on Oct. 16. (Note: The physical Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit product is required to play the game.)
  • Röki  Every dark fairytale has its monster. Röki is an adventure game inspired by Scandinavian folklore, underpinned by a touching narrative, an alluring art style, ancient puzzles and atmospheric exploration. Join Tove on a fantastical journey to save her family – a journey that takes her deep into a hidden and long forgotten world of lost folklore filled with strange locations and even stranger creatures. Explore the ancient wilderness, solve its mysteries and save your family in this modern adventure game for all.
  • The Jackbox Party Pack 7 – Five new incredible party games to liven up any gathering! Check out the say-anything threequel Quiplash 3, the collaborative chaos game The Devils and the Details, the drawing fighting game Champ’d Up, the on-the-spot public-speaking game Talking Points or the pop culture guessing game Blather Round. Play with your phone, tablets or computers. No extra controllers needed!
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    • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Need some course inspiration for Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit? Try out Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and burn rubber across Mushroom Kingdom raceways – underwater, in the sky and even up-side-down in zero-g. You can select from a massive roster of characters, karts and tracks. The Inklings from the Splatoon series appear as all-new guest characters, along with returning favorites, such as King Boo, Dry Bones and Bowser Jr. Return to your Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit courses armed with an arsenal of ideas and a boost of that undeniable Mario Kart energy. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is now available in Nintendo eShop.

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Jason's been knee deep in videogames since he was but a lad. Cutting his teeth on the pixely glory that was the Atari 2600, he's been hack'n'slashing and shoot'em'uping ever since. Mainly an FPS and action guy, Jason enjoys the occasional well crafted title from every genre.

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