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Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit Review

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Posted: 12 months ago, last updated 9 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

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

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 16/10/2020

Platforms: Switch

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

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: @VelanVentures

CommitmentCommitment

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.

CostsCosts

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit

Switch Free
 
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.


Skill Rating: This game is enjoyed by 10+ year-olds as it's a good match for their ability and maturity.

AccessibilityAccessibility

You can select different speeds of Karts for different difficulties: 50cc, 100cc, 150cc and 200cc. Because you layout the circuit yourself you can also control how hard it is to navigate. There is an Auto Assist for steering that enables you to race by just using the accelerator and brake.

There is a map of the course on the screen, although it is quite small. Because of the augmented nature of the game, you can choose to race watching the car or the screen. You need the screen to see opponents and power-ups but well marked out time trial races can be completed without looking at the screen.

Nice tip to make any of the tracks easier: take some detours between gates when mapping the course. When you race you can shortcut these while the AI characters follow them religiously.
 
Our Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit Accessibility Report details 25 accessibility features:

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