I still remember the days when a cartridge is used to play a video game instead of optical discs. And some of my favourite games, such as Super Mario and Mario Kart, featured the infamous plump Italian plumber, Mario and his younger brother, Luigi. Hours of fun were spent playing these video games, either on the Super NES system or on the handheld Game Boy system.
When Nintendo engaged West Coast Customs to make a working life size replica of the two Italian brother’s go-karts, I just could not believe my eyes. In conjunction with the release of Mario Kart 7 on their 3DS system, Nintendo commissioned the car remodelling company, West Coast Customs, to build a life size version of Mario’s and Luigi’s kart from the Mario Kart series.
If the name West Coast Customs sounds familiar, it is because the company was used as a workshop site for MTV’s Pimp My Ride show for several seasons. The company also have their own reality TV show called Street Customs and a new series titled Inside West Coast Customs.
The two karts are currently being displayed at the LA Auto Show (from November 18 – November 27 2011). This is the first time Nintendo has ever had a booth or a display at an auto show.
Since the game is going to be released on their 3DS system, Nintendo planned to display the real life karts as a way of showing the public how it feels like to play the game on a 3D gaming system. Nintendo of America’s president mentioned that these two are the only cars at the auto show that were designed to work in both air and water.
It might sound really strange to hear something like that especially coming from a president of a video game company. But actually, what he meant was the variety of new features in the new video game. The new Mario Kart game will offer modifications to the karts such as a glider for flying through the air and a propeller for helping it swim under water (like a submarine).
Nintendo also plans to give away the karts to Gamestop (video game retailer) customers. Nintendo didn’t say how they are going to do that but most probably it will be through a lucky draw or some competition.
If only West Coast Customs or any other company would produce these karts in masses. Then we all can imitate the crazy antics from Mario Kart but before that I would need to get a Bowser costume.
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