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  • Summary: Control a real-life Mario Kart with Nintendo Switch and watch it come to life in the game. Race a real-world Mario Kart™ through your home! Use the Nintendo Switch™ system to control your kart and watch as it reacts to what’s happening in the game as you boost and drift to victory. YourControl a real-life Mario Kart with Nintendo Switch and watch it come to life in the game. Race a real-world Mario Kart™ through your home! Use the Nintendo Switch™ system to control your kart and watch as it reacts to what’s happening in the game as you boost and drift to victory. Your in-home course comes to life on-screen with a view from right behind the driver’s seat. Expand
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  1. Positive: 30 out of 47
  2. Negative: 0 out of 47
  1. Nintendo Force Magazine
    Apr 28, 2021
    95
    Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit has brought my sons more smiles than any other toy I've ever bought them. [Issue #49 – November/December 2020, p. 63]
  2. Oct 27, 2020
    85
    Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit is one of the biggest surprises in 2020. It's a product that works perfectly fine from a technological point of view and that has a good design so it can avoid some restrictions derived from being a RC car. The biggest problem of this revolution is that it comes with a big price to pay, so it's not suitable for every wallet.
  3. Oct 14, 2020
    80
    With Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, you drive a physical toy kart across virtual tracks that you design around your home. It's not a full-on Mario Kart experience, but the augmented reality game offers plenty of racing thrills.
  4. Oct 22, 2020
    80
    The idea is absolutely brilliant and brings to life the childhood games of many players. If the execution lacks a little something to make the experience unforgettable, we must still praise the ingenuity of this new use of the Nintendo Switch. Perfect to gather the family around the elaboration of the craziest possible circuit, MKL struggles to convince on the long run. The limitations of the concept are quick to show.
  5. Oct 20, 2020
    75
    Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit does nearly everything it can to offer a commendably fun-filled AR racing experience. Although it has its inherent limitations, it's definitely a novel concept with a lot of promise, especially if you want to create your own real-life courses.
  6. Oct 22, 2020
    70
    Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit is a unique experience that is really impressive at first glance. I enjoyed putting the courses together and exploring the variety of Grand Prix’s, but after a while, the experience does lose its charm much faster than normal Mario Kart experiences.
  7. Oct 14, 2020
    60
    At its core, there’s a solid Mario Kart game here, and I hope the environmental and gate effects are brought over to the main series for the proper ninth installment, as I think those additions could add something to the franchise. Still, Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit has too many little annoyances that can only be alleviated by having a perfectly sized, perfectly lit space — like the one in Nintendo’s promotional materials. This might still be a hit with children, or anyone else less interested is Home Circuit as a game than a toy, but anyone hoping for depth or replaying the game will be disappointed.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. Oct 18, 2020
    10
    This is simply Magical! Real karts combined with AR and Nintendo’s Mario Kart series, creates a unique videogame that can be played solo, withThis is simply Magical! Real karts combined with AR and Nintendo’s Mario Kart series, creates a unique videogame that can be played solo, with CPU players or in local multiplayer. The Karts are very responsive and react to everything going on in the game: Crashes, slow-dows, wind, explosions, special powers and weapons. You use the Switch to control your Kart and the in-Kart camera transmits all live feed to your Switch Screen or TV (with your Switch docked). Creativity and fun factor at their highest. 10/10 Expand
  2. Oct 17, 2020
    10
    Como siempre, Nintendo un paso por delante. Tanto para niños como para adultos, el pique por bajar una décima en cada vuelta es increíble.Como siempre, Nintendo un paso por delante. Tanto para niños como para adultos, el pique por bajar una décima en cada vuelta es increíble. Buen control, lag inapreciable y mucho mejor de lo que pensaba! Expand
  3. Oct 18, 2020
    10
    I think the critics are a little out of touch on this one and missing the magic. This game is like playing something straight out of yourI think the critics are a little out of touch on this one and missing the magic. This game is like playing something straight out of your imagination. It does rely on your own creativity, and, as with many things in life, the more you put into your tracks, the more you’ll get out of it! Maybe those who are getting easily bored/ citing repetition as the main drawback just aren’t harnessing their imagination and getting creative... they’re battling through the experience to write a review and not sitting back and engaging with the game as intended.

    Have fun, break the rules and push the tech to its limits. I guarantee you’ll have a great time!
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  4. Nov 14, 2020
    9
    C’est une idée incroyable, qui encourage énormément à faire preuve de créativité. On doit vraiment applaudir Nintendo pour cette idée. LaC’est une idée incroyable, qui encourage énormément à faire preuve de créativité. On doit vraiment applaudir Nintendo pour cette idée. La course contre l’IA est amusante comme toujours, même si jouer avec d'autres joueurs est plus intéressants, le mode exploration qui consiste à conduire à travers la maison avec le kart vous donne cette nouvelle perspective intéressante de votre maison à partir d’un petit kart et de jouer avec vos animaux.
    Le jeu est très bien fourni avec de nombreux élément connu de la série des Mario Kart mais le jeu apporte une nouvelle variété d'éléments, d'environnement et d'items. Ces nombreux éléments permettent de créer diverse course et de ne pas avoir une redondance au bout d'un certain temps. Après avoir fait la campagne avec les coupes et de débloqué tous les éléments et il vraiment possible de personnaliser l'ensemble des éléments de courses (portique, environnement et kart) pour variété les expériences.
    Le jeu fonctionne très bien dans un environnement bien connecté et lumineux et répond extrêmement bien aux commandes sur une bonne distance. Néanmoins jouer entre plusieurs pièce peut commencer à être plus difficile avec les murs s'ils sont plus ou moins épais. L'autonomie est très bonne et permet de bien jouer avant de devoir le recharger pendant quelques heures. Et fixé bien les portiques avec des poids, ils bougent très vite dans l'action d'une course.
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  5. Oct 17, 2020
    8
    I understand the idea Nintendo is doing with Mario Kart, and it's a great idea. It's enjoyable, and fun. This is a very good way to getI understand the idea Nintendo is doing with Mario Kart, and it's a great idea. It's enjoyable, and fun. This is a very good way to get creative and Nintendo did that very well with Mario Kart Live. Expand
  6. Jan 16, 2021
    8
    The idea is very original and it works pretty well. The car is nice, but the wheels can quickly get dirty and stop doing their job right. TheThe idea is very original and it works pretty well. The car is nice, but the wheels can quickly get dirty and stop doing their job right. The AR works well, although the camera of the car is a bit poor, and it can lag if your circuit is too long (then you have to walk behind your car so it's not too far away from the console). It's better with long circuits of course, so you must have quite a big place to play. Also it's a shame that you have to buy at least two complete sets to play in multiplayer.
    But it's still a funny and original game, very unique.
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  7. Jan 19, 2021
    3
    I find this an interesting game but very gimmicky. This thing costs more than $150 in Australia (which is overpriced) and its not worth it atI find this an interesting game but very gimmicky. This thing costs more than $150 in Australia (which is overpriced) and its not worth it at all. The camera quality sucks and very blurry, the 'AR radio signals' aren't very strong as it cannot go through my walls, meaning I can only play this game in my one and only hallway. The other problem is that the content just gets boring after a while, it just feels like a prototype device that needs polishing. Making tracks are also a pain, it takes way too long and too long-winded. Oh yeah and you can break the game entirely too easily, if you knock a gate down, you ruin the entire course, if you crash into a wall, you damage it and gotta pay that $150 to buy a new one. I just feel that this is underpolished and a waste of money. Expand

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