While Nintendo isn't launching a new console this year, we've heard rumours of a Nintendo Switch Pro with a 2021 release that's likely to be a more powerful version of the Switch, rather than a brand new Nintendo console; after all, we've already had a handheld-only refresh with the Switch Lite which turned out great for the company.
Nintendo consoles don't typically vie for the same audience as Sony's and Microsoft's, so while it won't be worrying about the PS5 and Xbox Series X, it's latest feature is innovative enough that it brings truly next-gen tech to the current gen console, and there's nothing in the two giants' arsenals that can compete.
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Announced during the latest Nintendo Direct stream (opens in new tab), Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit is an augmented reality title coming this October that puts a fresh spin on the racing series; players race RC cars in the real world, while viewing an AR POV on their console thanks to the Kart's on-board camera.
Using cardboard gates to map out the virtual race course, players can tear around the house using their Mario or Luigi RC cars, competing against AR Koopalings. The RC cars will respond to in-game bonuses and nerfs, like speed boosts from using a Mushroom, or grinding to a halt when pelted with a Red Shell.
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit supports up to four players in multiplayer, but it's going to get expensive; anyone wanting to join you at the Grand Prix will need their own Kart, Nintedo Switch console, and copy of the game.
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A single game pack comes in at $99.99/ £99.99 and includes one Kart, four gates, two arrow markers, a USB charging cable, Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit Notebook, and Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit Perimeter Board. At the moment, the Karts are only available in Mario or Luigi variants.
Nintendo has always dabbled with drastically different tech to Sony and Microsoft, and while the bold risks it's taken have sometimes resulted in a swing and a miss, it's also had huge successes, the likes of which we'd never see in the marketplace without them.
You can pre-order Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit now, in advance of its October 16 release over on Amazon.com (opens in new tab), and Amazon UK (opens in new tab), as well as Nintendo's website (opens in new tab). And don't forget to check out T3's pick of the best Nintendo Switch deals if you want your buddies to join you on the track.