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 |  May 17 2012, 5:01 PM

Out in Japan, the Nintendo DS is a very popular handheld video game system, having sold over 33-million in its home country since its release in 2006. So it’s no surprise that Toyota has teamed up with the Japanese video game maker to add DS functionality to the Japanese automaker’s in-car GPS system.

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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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 |  Nov 11 2011, 6:00 PM


When we first looked through our media schedule for the upcoming 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show, our eyebrows perked up when we saw that Nintendo had a press conference scheduled for Thursday at 12:10 pm to 12:35 pm.

Obviously our first thought was that Mario Kart was finally becoming a reality, but we snapped back to something that made sense – like a partnership with an OE to include some entertainment in their cars.

But now MotorWorldHype is reporting that Nintendo will be bringing a custom car to the show built by none other than West Coast Customs. Hopefully Nintendo isn’t just going for something loud and obnoxious to show off its in-car integration, but rather something nice and reasonable even though it involves West Coast Customs. We still haven’t a clue what manufacturer Nintendo is teaming up with but the creation will be on display for the duration of the show. This is Nintendo first time ever appearing at an automotive trade show… should be exciting.

[Source: MotorWorldHype]

 |  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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