Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit

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Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit
MKL Logo.png
For alternate box art, see the game's gallery.
Developer Velan Studios[1]
Publisher Nintendo
Platforms Nintendo Switch
Release date Japan October 16, 2020[2]
USA October 16, 2020[3]
Europe October 16, 2020[4]
Australia October 16, 2020[5]
HK October 16, 2020[6]
South Korea December 17, 2020[7]
Genre Racing
Rating(s)
ESRB:ESRB E.svg - Everyone
PEGI:PEGI 3.svg - Three years and older
CERO:CERO A.svg - All ages
ACB:ACB G.svg - General
GRAC:GRAC All.svg - All ages
Media
Nintendo Switch:
Media DL icon.svg Digital download
Input
Nintendo Switch:

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit is an installment in the Mario Kart series for the Nintendo Switch announced as part of the 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. The game makes use of physical kart products of Mario and Luigi with a camera attached to the back of the kart, which live streams the surrounding area to the player's Nintendo Switch. Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit released worldwide on October 16, 2020.

Creating an ID card for the game was one of the related My Nintendo missions for the Super Mario Bros. 35th Anniversary (though purchasing the game itself was not necessary to complete it).

Gameplay[edit]

The game screen

To set up a course, the player has to place the four gates around the room. Lakitu will come down and paint the kart, and the player has to then drive through the gates, marking how they want the course to appear on the screen. The appearance can be from a simple loop to a curvy track through their furniture. The gates can also be customized, having Item Boxes, Boosts, or hazards. The controller connects to the kart product and controls it, similar to an RC Car. Items affect the kart product when used, such as Mushrooms making the toy move faster or a Koopa Shell making the toy stop momentarily. Using augmented reality, items, Bowser Jr. and the Koopalings appear on the player's screen, as well as the second player's kart.

Modes[edit]

Explore Mode[edit]

Explore Mode is the mode the player starts off in. Here, they are free to drive around and are able to customize gates. Any items collected in this mode will always be either Mushrooms, Triple Mushrooms, or Golden Mushrooms. Stopping in front of Gate 1 and pressing X Button will call Lakitu and bring up the menu for the other modes. The previous race created can be viewed in this mode.

Grand Prix[edit]

The player can compete against CPU opponents in cups, in which trophies can be obtained. There are four different engine classes: 50cc and 100cc are available from the start, while 150cc and 200cc are unlocked when the player has collected a trophy on respectively 5 and 10 different cups. When the player has collected a trophy on 15 different cups, they will unlock Mirror Mode. Each race in Grand Prix is five laps long, regardless of how long or how short the player makes the race.

Point spread
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
15 11 8 5 3

Time Trial[edit]

In Time Trial, the player has to complete their course in the fastest time possible. The player can change the kart speed, the number of laps (3, 5, or 7), the music that plays, and the environment to play it. After creating the course, the player will then have to race through it as fast as they can, and the customized gates are taken into account. The only items that can be obtained in this mode are Mushrooms. After racing, the player has the option to keep the current course or change it; changing it will result in inaccurate times and ghost data, which the player is also given the option to clear for a new race. Any coins earned will count toward unlocking a new kart customization.

Custom Race[edit]

The player can create courses using their own rules. The player can change the kart speed, the number of laps (3, 5, or 7), the music that plays, and the environment to play it, and the customized gates are taken into account. After creating the course, four random Koopalings will come down for the player to race against. Any coins earned will count toward unlocking a new kart customization.

Characters[edit]

Racers[edit]

Playable[edit]

Outfits

1 - Unlocked when the player has collected a gold trophy on all 100cc cups.
2 - Unlocked when the player has collected a gold trophy on all 150cc cups.

Opponents[edit]

Other[edit]

Kart parts[edit]

Karts[edit]

Horns[edit]

Courses[edit]

MKL Icon Mushroom Cup.png
Mushroom Cup
MKL Icon Flower Cup.png
Flower Cup
MKL Icon Shell Cup.png
Shell Cup
MKL Icon Star Cup.png
Star Cup
MKL Icon Banana Cup.png
Banana Cup
MKL Icon Leaf Cup.png
Leaf Cup
MKL Icon Lightning Cup.png
Lightning Cup
MKL Icon Special Cup.png
Special Cup
MKLHC Live Circuit Course Icon.png
Live Circuit
MKLHC Freezie Frosts Course Icon.png
Freezie Frosts
MKLHC Work Zone Course Icon.png
Work Zone
MKLHC Royal Highway Course Icon.png
Royal Highway
MKLHC Mushroom Fields Course Icon.png
Mushroom Fields
MKLHC Magikoopa Mirage Course Icon.png
Magikoopa Mirage
MKLHC Jolly Workshop Course Icon.png
Jolly Workshop
MKLHC World 1-1 Course Icon.png
World 1-1
MKLHC Lightning Lagoon Course Icon.png
Lightning Lagoon
MKLHC Glazed Gardens Course Icon.png
Glazed Gardens
MKLHC Cheep Cheep Reef Course Icon.png
Cheep Cheep Reef
MKLHC Wibble Woods Course Icon.png
Wibble Woods
MKLHC Boo Fortress Course Icon.png
Boo Fortress
MKLHC Crafty Tropics Course Icon.png
Crafty Tropics
MKLHC Chain Chomp Stadium Course Icon.png
Chain Chomp Stadium
MKLHC Chain Chomp Glacier Course Icon.png
Chain Chomp Glacier
MKLHC Piped Wetlands Course Icon.png
Piped Wetlands
MKLHC Piranha Paradise Course Icon.png
Piranha Paradise
MKLHC Bowser's Castle Course Icon.png
Bowser's Castle
MKLHC Windswept Prairie Course Icon.png
Windswept Prairie
MKLHC Tornado Tundra Course Icon.png
Tornado Tundra
MKLHC Gusty Galaxy Course Icon.png
Gusty Galaxy
MKLHC Ember Island Course Icon.png
Ember Island
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Rainbow Road

There is also a Random Cup, which includes 3 courses with randomized environments and gate features.

Items[edit]

Image Name Description
MushroomMarioKart8.png Mushroom "Gives you a brief speed boost."
TripleMushroomMK8.png Triple Mushrooms "Three Mushrooms held in your hand. Press L Button to use one of them for a brief speed boost."
GoldenMushroomMK8.png Golden Mushroom "For a short time, allows you to use a Mushroom for a brief speed boost every time you press L Button."
StarMK8.png Star "Makes you temporarily invincible and increases your speed."
CoinMK8.png Coin "Gives you five extra coins. The more coins you have, the faster your kart will go. Collecting coins unlocks new kart themes, horns, and costumes."
BananaMK8.png Banana "Causes anyone who hits it to lose control briefly. Can be tossed in front of or behind the kart."
TripleBananaMK8.png Triple Bananas "Three Bananas held in your hand. press L Button to drop one of them."
RedShellMK8.png Red Shell "Red Shells lock on to an pursue the kart in front of you, knocking over the first driver they hit. They can also be thrown backwards."
MKW Spiny Shell Artwork.png Spiny Shell "Targets the driver in 1st place and causes a brief loss of control when it strikes. This one won't stop until it catches up with the leader!"
LightningBoltMK8.png Lightning "Strikes all opponents ahead of you with lightning, causing them to lose their items. It also temporarily reduces their speed!"
BulletBillMK8.png Bullet Bill "Temporarily transforms you into a Bullet Bill, steering you along the course. While in Bullet Bill form, you are invincible. Holding brake will cancel Bullet Bill form."
Bob-ombMK8.png Bob-omb "Bob-ombs explode a short time after use or on impact with a kart. Anyone caught in the blast loses control for a short duration! They can be thrown forwards or backwards."
BlooperMK8.png Blooper "Squirts ink on the karts ahead of you, briefly obscuring the drivers' views."
BoomerangFlowerMK8.png Boomerang Flower "Strikes the closest opposing racer, jolting their steering."
ChainChompMKL.png Chain Chomp "Attaches to the nearest kart, tugging it in different directions along the course. You won't be pulled while holding down B Button."

Environments[edit]

Image Name Description
MKL Environment Sunshine.png Sunshine "Default environment setting, with no effect on gameplay."
MKL Environment Rain.png Rain "Rain will cause Mushrooms to sprout up from the ground. Driving through a Mushroom will grant a brief speed boost."
MKL Environment Snow.png Snow "Falling snow will cause Freezies to appear. Driving into a Freezie will encase the kart in ice and make it unable to move for a short duration."
MKL Environment Sandstorm.png Sandstorm "Occasional gusts of wind will push the kart left or right. Keep an eye out for coins or a rare item box blowing across the course!"
MKL Environment Spooky.png Spooky "Boos and coins will float around the course. Colliding with a Boo results in a temporary loss of vision and a loss of coins. Honking near boos will cause them to hide and allow you to pass through them safely."
MKL Environment Underwater.png Underwater "Submerges your course underwater. Cheep Cheeps will swim around the course trailing a line of coins. Hitting a Cheep Cheep will result in a brief loss of control."
MKL Environment Rainbow.png Rainbow "Star-shaped boost gates appear along the course. Meteor showers of coins and Super Stars fly onto the course for players to collect."
MKL Environment Lava.png Lava "Your course heats up, and Lava Bubbles jump up from lava pools in the ground. Driving into Lava Bubbles causes a brief loss of control."
MKL Environment Jungle.png Jungle "Jungle overgrowth takes over the course. Poison Piranha Plants spit globs that create slick spots on the course. Hitting a slick spot will briefly cause steering difficulty when a kart drives over it."
MKL Environment Blizzard.png Blizzard "Intense snow and wind take over the course. Twisters appear along the way. Watch out or they'll try to pull your kart in!"
MKL Environment Retro.png Retro "Your course in transformed into a classic 8-bit setting. Goombas and coins appear along the way. Hitting a Goomba will result in a brief loss of control."

Gate features[edit]

Image Name Description
ItemBoxMK8.png Item Box "Picking up item boxes rewards the player with a random power-up."
Boost "Gives any kart passing through the boost zone a brief increase in speed."
Magnet "Attracts any nearby karts and pulls them towards the gate."
P Switch "Driving over the P Switch causes a cluster of coins to appear on the course for a short duration."
PiranhaPlantMKL.png Piranha Plant "Chomps down on passing drivers, yanking them out of their karts for a short duration."
AmpMKL.png Amp "Zaps any kart that touches it and greatly reduces speed for a short duration."
Item Pipe "Item boxes appear from one pipe and travel across the gate and disappear into the pipe on the other side. Time it just right to collect the box and earn a power-up."
ChainChompMKL.png Chain Chomp "If you hit the signs underneath the gate, a Chain Chomp will bite down on your kart, dragging you in different directions along with the course for a short time. You won't be pulled while holding down B Button."
Music Note "Hitting the treble clef at the gate will cause a series of music notes to appear along the course. If you collect all the notes, you'll earn an item box!"
Magikoopa Artwork - Super Mario Galaxy.png Magikoopa "When a kart passes by the magical barrier, a Magikoopa appears and casts a spell on the player. The spell causes the world to transform into or out of Mirror Mode."
Fire Bar "Fire Bars will rotate near the gate and cause any kart that touches them to briefly lose control."
ThwompMKL.png Thwomp "Crashes to the ground, causing an earthquake that shakes the screens of any nearby karts. It also briefly impacts steering controls."

Staff[edit]

Main article: List of Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit staff

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit was developed by Velan Studios. Shinya Takahashi served as the general producer of the game, while Kosuke Yabuki, one of the key staff of the Mario Kart series, served as a supervisor. The game's original music was composed by Ryo Nagamatsu, who previous composed for Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart 8.

Reception[edit]

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit received both mixed and positive reviews. In most cases, the unique gimmick of the game was praised, along with the more independent concept offered. However, certain factors, such as the boundaries of a player's actual living area, were mentioned. Two different reviews mention Mario Kart 8 as being an ultimately superior though just as intriguing installment.

Reviews
Release Reviewer, Publication Score Comment
Nintendo Switch Janet Garcia, IGN 7/10 "Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit’s mixed reality novelty excels when you have the space and motivation to make your courses flourish, but occasional tech hiccups and clogged wheels are hazards just as dangerous as any Blue Shell. That said, when I took the time to really lean into the creative challenge building a track presented me with, I was often rewarded by having a blast racing on it. Some familiar mechanics get lost in the translation to AR, but this is still an enjoyable Mario Kart game no matter what roadway I made."
Nintendo Switch Martin Robinson, Eurogamer N/A "There's real magic at the heart of this brilliantly faithful AR take on Mario Kart, but a fair few caveats abound."
Nintendo Switch Steve Watts, GameSpot 7/10 "There's fun to be had in Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, but you have to invest in it. The more work you put into making your go-kart track craftwork unique, the more enjoyment you'll get out of racing, with or without some frustration and repetition. Mario Kart Live isn't going to have the long-term appeal of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, but with some imagination and ingenuity, you can make it something special."
Nintendo Switch Brain Shea, Game Informer 7.5/10 "Despite its shortcomings, Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit still brings hours of fun. While firing up Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is more convenient and fully featured, Mario Kart Live’s unique take on the series is worth checking out for those looking for exciting twists on a well-worn concept."
Nintendo Switch Damien McFerran, Nintendo Life 8/10 "Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit is a startlingly authentic "mixed reality" recreation of Nintendo's most popular racing series which encourages you to be inventive with your course designs and does an excellent job of combining your real-world surroundings with the fantasy environments of the Mushroom Kingdom; add in a second player (or three) and it becomes even more compelling. The tech side of things is undeniably impressive and it's impossible to not raise a smile the first time you play; the question is how long that magic will last, especially if your home limits your track designs and you've only got the budget to cover the cost of a single car."
Aggregators
Compiler Score
Metacritic 75

References to other games[edit]

References in other games[edit]

Gallery[edit]

For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese マリオカート ライブ ホームサーキット
Mario Kāto Raibu Hōmu Sākitto
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit
Korean 마리오 카트 라이브: 홈 서킷
Mario Katue Raive: Hom Seokit
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit
Chinese (Simplified) 马力欧卡丁车实况:家庭赛车场
Mǎlì'ōu Kǎdīngchē Shíkuàng: Jiātíng Sàichē Chǎng
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit
Chinese (Traditional) 瑪利歐賽車實況:家庭賽車場
Mǎlì'ōu Sàichē Shíkuàng: Jiātíng Sàichē Chǎng
Mario Racing Live: Home Circuit

References[edit]

  1. ^ Karthik Bala (September 3, 2020). MARIO KART LIVE: HOME CIRCUIT — our debut game in partnership with Nintendo has been announced!. Medium (Retrieved September 4, 2020).
  2. ^ https://www.nintendo.co.jp/switch/rmaaa/index.html
  3. ^ Nintendo (September 3, 2020). Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit - Announcement Trailer - Nintendo Switch. YouTube. Retrieved September 3, 2020.
  4. ^ @NintendoEurope (September 3, 2020). "Ready, set-up, go! #MarioKart Live: Home Circuit races onto #NintendoSwitch and into your home starting 16/10! #SuperMario35". Twitter. Retrieved September 4, 2020.
  5. ^ Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit. Nintendo Australia. Retrieved September 4, 2020.
  6. ^ (September 4, 2020). 超級瑪利歐兄弟 35週年! Nintendo HK. Retrieved September 4, 2020.
  7. ^ (December 1, 2020). 『마리오 카트 라이브: 홈 서킷』 12월 17일 발매 Nintendo Korea. Retrieved December 1, 2020.

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