Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit

System: Nintendo Switch Release date: 16/10/2020
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Looking for the Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit software?

You can download it for free right here!

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Ready, set-up, go!

Turn your home into a race track with Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, a brand new way to experience Mario Kart on Nintendo Switch!

Race around your home!

Race around your home!

See your living room, bedroom, kitchen and more from an entirely new perspective as Mario Kart races come to life in your home...and on your screen!

Use your Nintendo Switch to control a kart and watch as it reacts to what’s happening in-game as you boost and drift your way to victory. The kart’s on-board camera gives you a view from right behind the driver’s seat and is displayed on your Nintendo Switch or TV screen.

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Use your Nintendo Switch to control a kart and watch as it reacts to what’s happening in-game as you boost and drift your way to victory. The kart’s on-board camera gives you a view from right behind the driver’s seat and is displayed on your Nintendo Switch or TV screen.

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Your home is the circuit!

Get ready

Assemble the gates and place on them on the floor around your room.

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Set-up!

Drive your kart through the four gates to make a course in any shape you please.

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Go!

Race against the Koopalings in eight Grand Prix cups or with up to three friends in multiplayer!*

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Items galore!

When a race starts to get heated, don’t be afraid to use an item (or two) to even the odds! Many familiar Mario Kart items are available, and using them in-game will affect how your kart moves in real life. Drive through an item box and see what you get!

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Race, your way!

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In addition to these modes, you’ll also be able to choose from different racing speeds starting from a breezy 50cc all the way up to the super-speedy 200cc!

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Multiplayer fun for up to four players!

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Bring along some friends to race around your custom courses! Just make sure each player has their own Nintendo Switch console, a copy of the software and a Mario kart or Luigi kart.

*For multiplayer, each player much have a Nintendo Switch console, a copy of the software and a kart to play.

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What you need to know

This content is sold by Nintendo of Europe GmbH. The payment will be made with Nintendo eShop funds usable through the Nintendo Account used to complete the purchase.

This content is sold by Nintendo of Europe GmbH, payable with Nintendo eShop funds usable through your Nintendo Account. The Nintendo Account Agreement applies to the purchase of this content.

This content may be purchased by users who have registered a Nintendo Account and accepted the respective legal terms. To be able to purchase content for Wii U or Nintendo 3DS family systems, a Nintendo Network ID is also required and your funds usable through the Nintendo Account must be merged with the funds tied to your Nintendo Network ID. If the funds have not yet been merged, you will have the option to do so during the purchase process. To start the purchasing process, it is necessary to sign in with the Nintendo Account and the Nintendo Network ID. After signing in it will be possible to review the details and complete the purchase.

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After your payment has been processed, the content will be downloaded to the applicable system linked to your Nintendo Account, or your Nintendo Network ID in the case of Wii U or Nintendo 3DS family systems. This system must be updated to the latest system software and connected to the internet with automatic downloads enabled, and it must have enough storage to complete the download. Depending on the system/console/hardware model you own and your use of it, an additional storage device may be required to download software from Nintendo eShop. Please visit our Support section for more information.

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Time to choose a racer!

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit is available in two different sets: Mario Set and Luigi Set*. Both Mario and Luigi versions of the kart work the same – the only difference is which racer you’ll see in-game (and driving around your home)!

Mario Set

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The Mario Set includes:

  • Kart (Mario) x 1
  • Gates x 4
  • Arrow markers x 2
  • USB charging cable

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*Please check with your local retailer for information on current availability.

Luigi Set

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The Luigi Set includes:

  • Kart (Luigi) x 1
  • Gates x 4
  • Arrow markers x 2
  • USB charging cable

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*Please check with your local retailer for information on current availability.

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Looking for the Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit software?

You can download it for free right here!

Do you have a Nintendo Switch console?
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A Nintendo Switch or Nintendo Switch Lite console is required to play Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit.

Please note: this product requires a Nintendo Switch or Nintendo Switch Lite console (sold separately) and the Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit software to operate. The Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit software will be available as a free download from Nintendo eShop and from this website from 16/10/2020.

Whether you’re making your first circuit or want to take your ideas to the next level, here are some handy tips to help you make the most of your courses in Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit!

1: Use your space to the fullest!

We recommend playing a space that’s at least 3.5 x 3m in size, but that doesn’t mean the space you’re playing in needs to be complete empty. Need a tunnel? You could create a course that runs under the coffee table or the couch. Legs of tables, chairs and other furniture can also make for fun obstacles that racers need to carefully maneuver through.

2: Add some sharp turns for some extra challenge

If you use the R Button to drift while creating your route, you can draw sharp turns. These can add some extra challenge to your course, and also open up even more possibilities for track layouts. Just take care when placing gates near sharp turns as these could make it difficult for the camera on the kart to read the gates properly.

3: Use small objects to make barriers…

Everything from small toys to upturned plastic cups can be used as makeshift barriers – just make sure you ask before using someone else’s things on your course! Adding these sorts of decorations won’t just make your track look more exciting but they’ll also help make the route clearer for other players, too.

4: …or use them as obstacles!

You could also use different household objects as obstacles for your course. Lightweight objects such as tennis balls, empty plastic bottles or even tissue boxes can make for interesting additions, where players can choose to steer around them – or even plough right through!

5: Got any empty boxes lying around?

If you do, why not add them to your course as well? Empty boxes, cardboard or anything similar can be used to make tunnels where players can race in the dark. You can also decorate them however you like to add an extra touch to your themed courses.

6: Race across different terrain

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Different surfaces, such as short pile carpeting or rugs, can create different terrain for your courses. The kart will behave differently when it’s driving on different surfaces, and driving on a rug or short pile carpet can make the kart behave like it’s driving on a dirt track. Mix and match terrains for a true on- and off-road feel!

7: Use the arrow markers (or print more of them)

The two arrow markers included with Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit can be placed strategically to help players navigate your courses and stay on track. They also transform into moving arrow signs in-game, which looks pretty cool!

By the way, if you want to add even more arrow markers to your creations, you can print more of them here (PDF, 3031 kB).

Here’s one we made earlier!

We’ve recreated ‘Mario Circuit 1’, the very first track from the original Super Mario Kart using some of the tips we’ve shared here.

And there you have it! Try using one or more of these tips next time you’re creating a course to add some extra layers of fun, no matter how big or small your space is.

 

Q: Is everything I need included in the box?

A: Each set includes one kart, four gates, two arrow markers and a USB charging cable. In addition to these items, you’ll need a Nintendo Switch or Nintendo Switch Lite console (sold separately) and the Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit software, which can be downloaded for free from Nintendo eShop or via our website*.

 

Q: Where can I find the Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit software?

A: The Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit software can be downloaded for free from Nintendo eShop or via our website*. To download the software via this website, please log-in with your Nintendo Account, then use the “free download” button on this page to get started.

Don’t have a Nintendo Account? You can create one here.

 

Q: How much space do I need to play Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit in my home?

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A: Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit can be played in a variety of room sizes big and small. For smaller rooms or apartments, we recommend playing in a space that’s at least 3.5m x 3m in size.

 

Q: Can I play Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit outside?

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A: Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit is designed for indoor use only and should not be used in outdoor environments.

 

Q: Is Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit compatible with Nintendo Switch Lite?

A: Yes, Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit can be played using either a Nintendo Switch or a Nintendo Switch Lite console. With Nintendo Switch Lite you can play the game in handheld mode, or in tabletop mode by connecting a pair of Joy-Con controllers (sold separately)*.

*A Joy-Con charging grip or flagship Nintendo Switch console (HAC-001) is required to charge Joy-Con controllers. These products are sold separately.

 

Q: How do I connect the kart to my Nintendo Switch?

A: You can pair your kart to your console by scanning the QR code displayed in the Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit software during the set-up process using the kart’s on-board camera. You can also pair your kart with another Nintendo Switch console though only one console is able to control the kart at a time.

 

Q: Can I play Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit on my TV?

A: Yes. If you own a Nintendo Switch console, you can play Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit in TV mode. While playing in TV mode, your family and friends can watch you play as the kart races around your home.

Note: TV mode cannot be used with the Nintendo Switch Lite.

 

Q: How long does the kart’s battery last and how do I recharge it?

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A: The kart’s battery life will depend on how you play. For instance, the battery will last approximately 90 minutes while playing in 150cc races.

You can charge the Karts using the included USB charging cable with the Nintendo Switch dock or using the Nintendo Switch AC Adapter included with your Nintendo Switch or Nintendo Switch Lite.

The kart takes approximately 3.5 hours to fully charge. It may take longer to fully charge the Kart if it is connected to the dock while the Nintendo Switch console is docked and in use.

 

Q: Can I play on carpet or rugs?

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A: The kart is designed to race across a variety of flat, indoor surfaces such as hardwood, laminate, tile, and short pile carpeting, so it’s possible to combine multiple different surface types in a single track. We recommend that players avoid racing on surfaces that have long fibers or heavily textured designs, and that they clean the floor before playing as hairs and dust could get tangled in the kart's wheels.

 

Q: Can I create a course that has jumps, slopes, drops or other similar features?

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A: We do not recommend creating courses with features that include elevated surfaces as these could cause damage to the kart and affect the gameplay experience.

 

Q: I have pets in my home. Is it safe to play this near my pets?

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A: If you have pets in your home, please make sure that pets are kept at a safe distance from the kart while playing and that the area you are playing in is free from pet fur (as this could get caught in the kart).

 

Q: Will the kart stay connected to my Nintendo Switch at all times during play?

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A: For the best gameplay experience, we recommend playing Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit in an open space where the kart and Nintendo Switch console can remain within a range of up to approximately 5 metres from each other. You may experience difficulties staying connected if you are playing in spaces where there are a lot of wireless signals or other interferences between the kart and the console.

 

Q: Can I use the capture button while playing?

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A: The Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit software does not support the capturing of screenshots or video via the Nintendo Switch console’s Capture Button.

 

Q: How do I change the course?

A: You can change the course how you like by rearranging the four gates that come included in the box. Once you’ve arranged the gates, drive the kart through each gate in numeric order to create a layout for your new course.

 

Q: Are there other modes beyond creating courses?

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A: In addition to creating courses, Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit includes a variety of modes that should be familiar to Mario Kart fans.

Race against the Koopalings across 24 courses in Grand Prix, try to set the best times on your courses in Time Trial, or give yourself an extra challenge in Mirror Mode, where the course (and your home) will be flipped horizontally on the game screen.

You can also adjust the difficultly of the game by choosing your speed class. We recommend that newcomers start at 50cc and work their way up to 200cc at their own pace.

 

Q: How many people can play with just one Nintendo Switch console?

A: One player can play at a time if you are using one Nintendo Switch or Nintendo Switch Lite console. In Time Trial mode, family and friends can take turns setting the best lap time on a course.

Up to four players can play in multiplayer at the same time if each player has their own kart, Nintendo Switch or Nintendo Switch Lite console, and a copy of the free Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit software.

 

Q: I like to use steering assist options when I play Mario Kart. Does Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit offer similar control options?

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A: The controls of Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit have been designed to be familiar to those who’ve played a Mario Kart game before. There is also a Steering Assist option that can be turned on to help keep players on the track.

 

*To be able to purchase download games or download demos and free software from Nintendo eShop on the official website, you'll need to have a Nintendo Account which is linked to your Nintendo Switch console. You'll need to have your console registered as the active console for downloads for your Nintendo Account by visiting Nintendo eShop on the device you wish to download on at least once. For automatic download, your system must be updated and connected to the internet with automatic downloads enabled, and it must have enough storage to complete the download. To find out more, visit our Support section. Purchases made or demo downloads activated through the Nintendo website are processed via Nintendo eShop.

Categories

Racing, Party

Players

1 - 4

Age rating

Nintendo Switch download software

System

Nintendo Switch

Release date

16/10/2020

Age rating

3

Controllers

  • Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

Languages

German, English, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Dutch, Chinese

Download size

965.00 MB