During a surprise Nintendo Direct published on Thursday, Nintendo announced a new Mario Kart game, Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit. And it’s not your ordinary Mario Kart game — it’s part toy, part video game, allowing players to pilot a physical Kart that’s racing opponents in-game.
The game is developed in partnership with New York-based independent studio Velan Studios. The company, helmed by founder Karthik and Guha Bala, is known for innovations that mix toys and video games.
Players will set up courses, using special gates, inside their homes (or wherever else, really) to create the race world. Local multiplayer is available for up to four players, but you can also race Koopalings digitally, according to Nintendo. To play in multiplayer mode, however, you’ll need “additional games, systems and karts,” Nintendo said.
In the video published Thursday, Nintendo shows a kid playing Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit on his Nintendo Switch, with a toy version of Mario — in his Kart — racing by his feet and under living room furniture. Using the different barriers and gates, the players in the trailer create unique courses to race against each other.
Here’s the full description, straight from Nintendo:
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit: Created in partnership with Velan Studios, Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit brings the fun of the Mario Kart series into the real world by using a Nintendo Switch or Nintendo Switch Lite** system to race against opponents using a physical Kart. The physical Kart responds to boosts in-game and in the real world, stops when hit with an item and can be affected in different ways depending on the race. Players place gates to create a custom course layout in their home, where the only limit is their imagination. Race against Koopalings in Grand Prix, unlock a variety of course customizations and costumes for Mario or Luigi, and play with up to four players in local multiplayer mode.
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, with either a Mario Set or Luigi Set, will be released on Oct. 16 for $99.99.