Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, a remake of the original Mario Kart 8 which was developed for Wii U, has been the only Mario Kart entry on Nintendo Switch since it released shortly after the platform's launch. While the Deluxe edition came with new graphics, new battles, and other welcome additions, fans of the series were left waiting for a Switch-exclusive release.
That remained true until Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit was announced by Nintendo on September 3rd. The announcement was part of Nintendo's celebration of the 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros., widely recognized as the first mainline video game in the Mario universe. You can check out the announcement trailer below:
Live: Home Circuit departs from the Mario Kart formula by giving players the opportunity to control a real remote-controlled car in their homes. It uses augmented reality technology to interface between a physical RC car and a shared game world.
The game goes even further by allowing players to place props throughout their home and watch them appear during races. Given the popularity of the Mario Kart series, it wouldn't be surprising for Live: Home Circuit to become one of the most best-selling augmented reality video games to date.
Live: Home Circuit is set for exclusive worldwide release for Nintendo Switch (and Switch Lite) on October 16th. Unlike previous Mario Kart games, it's being developed by Velan Studios. 8, Wii, and Double Dash, the three console releases before 8 Deluxe, were all developed by Nintendo Entertainment Analysis and Development. Live: Home Circuit will be their first project.
Switch owners will be able to buy either the Mario or Luigi version for $99.99. The software itself will be available as a free download, so you'll be paying for AR props, the RC car, and a charging cable. We'll update this story as we receive more information about the game.