SXSW featured real-life Mario Karting with functional power-ups

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If you’ve ever dreamed of playing a real-life version of Mario Kart, SXSW in Austin recently had you covered. Nintendo teamed up with Pennzoil to create a real-life version of the popular kart racing franchise complete with functional power-ups that altered how the karts behaved.

Races consisted of 4-lap runs with four drivers per race that took around five minutes to complete according to Austin360. Anyone over the age of 18 could drive – so long as they passed a breathalyzer test and wanted to wait in a long line. Each kart was equipped with a GoPro camera to capture the driver’s point-of-view. That footage was later edited to include effects from the game and e-mailed to drivers. Sounds pretty neat, no?

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