Mario Kart Live Home Circuit Review (Nintendo Switch)

  • Genre: Racing, VR
  • Platforms: Nintendo Switch
  • Developer | Publisher: Velan Studios | Nintendo
  • Age Rating: 6+ | ESRB E for Everyone
  • Price: UK £99.99 | US $99.99
  • Release Date: 16th of October 2020

Mario Kart Live Home Circuit has finally arrived. I guess I have always dreamt of a real life Mario Kart to play with. Of course we have remote controlled karts of Mario Kart which you can buy here via Smyths Toys, but having VR instead? Always a dream, 50/50 probability of happening too. Yet Velan Studios and Nintendo have teamed up to make it reality.

Gameplay

Everything you expect in a Mario Kart game is in Live Home Circuit too. Firstly, you will be introduced in a tutorial how to set up the gates, how to position them so the camera on the back of Mario or Luigi can register, make your track and have fun! When you create your own track. Bowser Jr and the gang soon arrive and challenge you to a race. You can have four CCs settings 50cc, 100cc, 150cc and 200cc. I would suggest a big room if you want to play at 150cc and 200cc.

Once you are racing you have the usual item boxes. If you get hit the Kart will stop and you will soon get going again. Mushrooms giving you speed boosts or hitting through the gates give you a boost also which you can tell a difference when you see the Kart in action. If you are a parent or non parent the gameplay is brilliant, and you can drift too! Looking forward to the Mario Kart Live Home Circuit drift racing championships soon… I best copyright that?

You can also pick up coins. If you have played Mario Kart 8 Deluxe its the same formula. You can earn more Karts, clothing and even horns for your karts too.

The possibilities are endless with Mario Kart Live Home Circuit. I’m sure we will see some fantastic tracks from people across the globe.

There are many cups as well you can play via single player. You have the following cups available:

  • Mushroom Cup
  • Flower Cup
  • Shell Cup
  • Star Cup
  • Banana Cup
  • Leaf Cup
  • Lightning Cup
  • Special Cup
  • And finally Random Cup.

Each cup consists of 3 stages which will turn your room into a chain chomping glacier or the magical rainbow road. Earn the gold cup in each CC to claim all bragging rights too.

Graphics, Sound and Performance

Visually playing on the Switch Lite it looks brilliant and the Switch via TV also looks good too. The sound is brilliant, crisp and clear and the usual Mario Kart themes. You can even change radio via the dpad or in other words to change theme anytime you like.

Performance is something people will have a lot of questions over. I have had no issues playing on the Switch or the Kart having issues in my current set up. I’m sure different floor surfaces could hinder the Karts performance of speed, turning etc. The turning circle of the Kart is enormous on the higher cc, yet that is where the drift can help you out big time and of course how you place your gates.

In the box comes supplied with a USB cable to charge the Kart which can be plugged in via the Dock. It does say that you will need a flat surface roughly 3.5m x 3m to get the best out of Live Home Circuit. Both karts (Mario & Luigi) have 90 minutes of play which in turn can take upto 4 hours charge.

Conclusion

If you want something different to the norm and have everybody involved, Mario Kart Live Home Circuit is right at the top of the list. With Christmas coming and with these unprecedented times causing havoc for all of us. I’m pretty sure Mario Kart Live Home Circuit will provide many hours of laughter and enjoyment for you and your family. Again, this isn’t just aimed at families, this game also appeals to fans of Mario or Mario Kart in general. Live Home Circuit is available and accessible to everyone and that is what makes Nintendo unique in the world of videogames.

Verdict
In the words of Mario (Charles Martinet) “Hoo hoo! Just what I needed!” Mario Kart Live Home Circuit is a must have for all Switch owners!

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