More than a year after publication Mario Kart Live: home track received a surprising content update on Nintendo Counter! For the first time, the game features competitive multiplayer on a system with two physical karts. This mode works when the system is docked so players can use a Joy-Con to control a kart. Today’s update also includes a four-player mode called Relay Race. The mode allows two players to control a kart and switch between avatars. As a result, Peach and Toad were added to the game, and the general concept seems to be similar Mario Kart: Double Strike !! which was released on Nintendo GameCube in 2003.
You can find a trailer for the content update in the embedded tweet below.
A free update for #MarioKart Live: Home Circuit, is now available!
Combine two karts into one #NintendoSwitch for split-screen multiplayer mode or play a Grand Prix trophy with 2-4 players in the new relay race multiplayer mode.https://t.co/V4WQ0RA0Zp pic.twitter.com/GN7Uu2xkPP
– Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) November 18, 2021
In addition to these new multiplayer options, Mario Kart Live also received a new Luigi Cup. The Cup features three new tracks: Windmill Meadows, Music Broadway and King Boo’s Courtyard. Third place in the cup unlocks content based on the games from Luigi’s Mansion: the Poltergust G-00 Kart and the Spooky Horn. Online some fans seem a little disappointed that this isn’t an update for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, but for those with Mario Kart Live, that should be very good news. In fact, it might even convince some players to give the game a chance!
For those unfamiliar with the racer, Mario Kart Live: home track is a really unique version of the series. The game is accompanied by a physical kart with Mario or Luigi that can be controlled from the Switch console. The players set up goals around the house and then drive against in-game opponents or against opposing players. I had the opportunity to review the game last year, and found it to be a really enjoyable experience provided the players have the space to make it work. The new update seems like a great way for more players to get in on the fun, and adding two more players could make things really messy!
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