New Nintendo Switch title Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit has already sold out in stores after an impressive launch on October 16, 2020. The innovative cart racing game that combines physical toys and video games is sure to be this year’s hot holiday stocking stuffer.
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit was originally announced by Nintendo just last month on September 3. Pre-orders went live at that time through large online retailers, such as Target and Best Buy, and sold out immediately. New quantities were made available from retailers at launch, but those units also burned rubber, leaving the game nowhere to be found. Now that the dust has settled, resellers on Amazon are offering the product at nearly double its suggested retail price of $99.99.
Currently, two different sets have been unveiled - a Mario set and a Luigi set. Each set includes a digital copy of the game, a physical racing cart with an equipped camera and four cardboard gates. Players are invited to place these gates however they want in their homes, creating their own custom Mario Kart track. The gates, the camera, the cart and a Nintendo Switch Console (sold separately) used to control the cart work in conjunction with one another to produce an augmented reality race track.
Nintendo’s official promo videos demonstrate that the game’s AR features bring familiar Mario Kart objects to life in the real world - item boxes, gold coins, Koopa shells, and Bob-bombs are all par for the course. Players can go head to head in multiplayer if they own both a Mario and a Luigi set. Up to 4 Nintendo Switch consoles (with four sets of the game) can play together at one time. Or players can race each other with one Nintendo Switch and Kart, taking turns in a time trial challenge. A player can also go up against digital opponents just like in the classic game - AR versions of Koopalings will be your opponents and race you for first place!
No word on when more units of Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit will be in stock in the US but we can cross our fingers that it’s soon.