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 |  Mar 01 2012, 2:15 PM

Back at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show, Nintendo teamed up with West Coast Customs to build a life-sized Mario Kart to promote its new Mario Kart 7 game for the Nintendo 3DS. The kart, which was extremely well-built and resembled the real deal in the game was to be given away as part of the GameStop Epic Reward Giveaway.

So imagine what it would be like one day while you’re sitting at your home and Mario comes knocking on your door to hand you the giant key to the custom kart. That’s exactly what happened to Nate Stehley in Clarksville, Tennessee, who won the kart as part of the monthly Epic Reward Giveaway from GameStop’s PowerUp Rewards program.

The custom kart built by West Coast Customs features a decorative glider wing just like the ones seen in the new 3DS game. The build up was recently shown on the Velocity Network on how WCC and Nintendo worked together to make their video game vehicles a reality. We won’t lie, we’re totally jealous of Nate.

And all this time we always just thought those GameStop employees were annoying trying to get us to join their silly rewards program.

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 |  Oct 12 2011, 2:45 PM

We all love racing games, and while realistic driving simulators such as Gran Turismo 5 and the recently released Forza Motorsport 4 offers hours and hours of entertainment, the kid in all of us can never turn down a fun afternoon of Mario Kart.

The guys over at Japanese car site Cliccar decided to bring Mario Kart to real life, outfitting themselves with their best Mario and Luigi costumes, firing up their street legal X-Karts and taking them down the streets of Tokyo.

The X-Kart weighs in at a scant 209-lbs with a limited top speed of 35-mph, but can be modified to go over 50-mph. But no one really cares how fast these things can zip around when costume-clad Mario and Luigi are behind the wheel. Even though cosplaying out on the streets of Tokyo is pretty normal, these Mario Bros. did a great job stirring up the crowd in Shibuya.

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