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.
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:
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.
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!
The last Nintendo Direct this year has been shown and full of goodness for Nintendo fans.
Bravely Default II
We begin with Bravely Default II. The direct shows us more gameplay and features that will be in the game when it launches. With its lush visuals, sound and unique perspective of how the world is traversed. Bravely Default II will be a favourite for the fans and new players alike. 4 different play styles such as Vanguard which can take advantage of their huge defences which can protect their allies. The bard is talented musicians, which can help allies with their melodies and hinder their enemies too. The beastmaster can tame/summon monsters to fight for them. And finally the gambler. The gambler can push their luck for all glory, but the wheel won’t always spin in their favour which players will need to be careful about!
Bravely Default II arrives on the Nintendo Switch February 26th, 2021. Preorders are available now on the Nintendo eShop.
Story Of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town
A new instalment in the Story of Seasons. This time, you leave the city to go out to your grandfather’s farm in a new life in Olive Town. When you get there, its massive forest instead of a farm. Players will be starting from scratch, chop wood, build, gain seeds and look after wild life. The possibilities are endless on what players can do in Olive Town.
Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town releases on the Nintendo Switch, March 26th 2021.
Surviving The Aftermath
Paradox interactive and ice flake studios team up to deliver a post apocalyptic surivial game. Players will be building their own settlements, defend against rival factions and build to survive the harsh environment bestowed upon you.
Surviving The Aftermath will be coming to the Nintendo Switch spring 2021.
Immortals Fenyx Rising
This is a game that many players will be wanting to get their hands on. Ubisoft releasing this game on the Nintendo Switch just proves how popular the Switch is, regardless of the Xbox Series X/S and PS5 launching soon. Immortals is a open world Greek mythology game. Defeat beasts/monsters/titans and earn the gifts of the gods. Players will be able to change their appearance, upgrade armour and skills.
Immortals Fenyx Rising releases on the Nintendo Switch December 3rd 2020
Upcoming Nintendo Switch games
Bakugan Champions of Vestroia – November 6th 2020
Griftlands: Nintendo Switch Edition – Summer 2021
Tropico 6 Nintendo Switch Edition – November 6th 2020
Hitman 3 – Coming Soon
Control Ultimate Edition available now on the Nintendo eShop
No More Heroes
No More Heroes and No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle are now available on the Nintendo eShop. With more gameplay shown for No More Heroes 3 and showing off the previous instalments of the No More Heroes games. Players don’t have to wait to play some Travis before the 3rd instalment arrives in 2021.
Part Time UFO
Players control a UFO helping people by picking up their things and scoring as much points as possible. Throw another joycon to another player and you can play couch co-op and reap the rewards even more. Not just helping people moving things and stacking. Players can explore in a treasure hunt style mode and get all those lush treasures.
Part Time UFO is available today!
Hyrule Warriors: Age Of Calamity
That’s right, Hyrule Warriors Age of Calamity is getting a demo and it’s available right now off the Nintendo eShop. You can play the complete first chapter and the save progress can be transferred to the full game when it launches. Experience Hyrule before the calamity hits, where our champions are pitted against Ganons forces. This is must for all Zelda fans, especially Breath of the Wild prior to the second instalment.
Hyrule Warriors Age Of Calamity releases on the Nintendo Switch November 20th 2020.
That’s all from the last Nintendo Mini Direct this year. Nintendo have lots of games for everyone this year and coming soon. We hope you like our overall round up of the direct!
Insert Coin have released the Story of Seasons collection, which is available to purchase.
These cute merch will no doubt go down well for the fans. Insert Coin aren’t just releasing the collection on its own… 5 lucky orders/preorders this weekend will get a chance to win Friends of Mineral Town. Get those orders in!