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Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit Review

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Posted: 7 months ago, last updated 10 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit (Mario Kart Live, Mario Kart Home Circuit) is a kart racing game with a difference. You play on the Switch but use it to control a real life Mario kart that races around the floor of your living room. You see the race from the view of the car beamed back to the screen of the Switch and must battle other racers like Luigi and Bowser while also collecting power ups.

Image 228It's an augmented reality version of Mario Kart, but one that leverages the classic remote controlled toy fun alongside new video game mechanics. The physical kart even responds to the in-game power ups. Pick up a boost and you can go faster, get hit by a shell and you will stop dead.

A bit like Anki Overdrive or Hot Wheels Real FX, you place gates on the floor to determine the course. This is then scanned in by the toy kart to determine the course before the race begins.

You can race against Koopalings in Grand Prix, unlock a variety of course customisations and costumes for Mario or Luigi, and play with up to four players in local multiplayer mode.

DetailsGame Details


Release Date: 16/10/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Genres: Action, Creative, Physically Active, Racing and Sports

Developer: @VelanVentures


Duration: It takes between 3 minutes and 5 minutes to play a round of this game. Duration of each race depends on how quick you are and how large your room is. You also need some time to clear space, put down the racing gates and the drive the car around the course to mark it out.
Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. You can race Mario Kart Live with 2, 3 or 4 players in the custom courses in Custom or Grand Prix races. Each player does need their own Nintendo Switch system, the Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit game to provide a Mario kart or Luigi kart.


Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'. You need one set for each player, but this does expand how many gates you have to make the course. They come in two varieties Mario and Luigi and are $99/£99 each.
  • Two Players: To play two players you would need two of the bundled Switch and Mario Kart deals with would cost £598/$598.
  • Three Players: To play three players you would need two of the bundled Switch and Mario Kart deals with would cost £897/$897.
  • Four Players: To play four players you would need four of the bundled Switch and Mario Kart deals with would cost £1199/$1199.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

This game has been rated PEGI 3+.

This game has been rated ESRB EVERYONE.


Accessibility for this game is as follows:
System Settings

Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games... read more about system accessibility settings.

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