New Mario Kart RC Toys Make Me Giddy

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It’s probably because I was raised on all things Nintendo, but there’s something about cool Nintendo merchandise that gets me excited. Nothing though, prepared anybody form the girly squeals that emanated from me when I first saw Tomy’s new line of Mario RC Kart racers.

Radio controller Mario Karts have been available for ages – so what’s special about these ones that they’ve reduced my hairy man-frame in to an effeminate, squealing lump?

Well, these don’t just drive around. Each racer gets randomly assigned periodic power ups – like shells, stars, bananas mushrooms etc – indicated by LEDs on the remote which they can actually unleash on other cars. Each car is equipped with nifty sensors that will detect when they’ve been hit  and will spin out. Mushroom power ups will actually give your racer a temporary speed boost.

Each remote control is even equipped with a speaker, for authentic sound effects and the inevitable sound of Charles Martinet going “Woohooo!” They go on sale in Japan this month for the equivalent price of about $30 (R230) Each. I must have every single on of them.

Source : Newlaunches

Last Updated: June 2, 2010

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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