During a surprise announcement today, Nintendo revealed the latest Mario Kart — and it’s an unexpected one. Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit is a racing game, but one where players use their Switch to drive remote-controlled cars. The cars, along with a virtual racecourse, then appear on the Switch’s screen. It’s sort of an augmented reality take on the iconic racer, and it was developed in partnership with a new New York-based studio called Velan Studios.
Here’s how Nintendo describes it:
The physical kart responds to boosts in-game and in the real world, stops when hit with an item and can be affected in different ways depending on the race. Players place gates to create a custom course layout in their home, where the only limit is their imagination. Race against Koopalings in Grand Prix, unlock a variety of course customizations and costumes for Mario or Luigi, and play with up to four players in local multiplayer mode.
Home Circuit is expected to launch on October 16th, and it will come in two varieties — Mario and Luigi — for $99.99 each.