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Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit (2020) 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.

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit

Our examiner, Jo Robertson, first checked Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 4 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Physically Active and Race game with Action, Collecting, Creative and Sports elements. You can play with 1 to 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.

An update to the game after launch enables two players to race together on the same Switch in Split-Screen. This means you can connect two karts to the same Switch, reducing the cost considerably.

A new Relay Race mode enables up to four people to play the game using a single Mario or Luigi Kart, taking turns on driving over the 8 laps.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: 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.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.


Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit

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There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
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. With the recent update you can race two Karts with one Switch in Split Screen mode.

An update added the Luigi Cup with Windmill Meadows, Music Broadway, and King Boo’s Courtyard. Doing well in these races unlocks Luigi’s Poltergust customization. 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 16/10/2020

Out Now: Switch

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1-4

Genres: Physically Active, Race (Action, Collecting, Creative and Sports)

Accessibility: 24 features

Components: 3D Third-Person

Developer: Velan Ventures (@VelanVentures)

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