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Nintendo Goes After Maricar

Less surprising for the fact that it has finally happened than the fact that it took so long to do so, but the Maricar go-karting service is being sued by Nintendo for trademark infringement.

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When I was still living in Tokyo, near Shibuya, it happened a few times that I was having a coffee at¬†Starbucks with my dog, and in front of me I saw a line of people dressed up as Nintendo characters (Mario, Luigi, Toad, and Peach) drive by in supped up go-karts — Mario Kart come to life. Turns out you can now go for a spin yourself courtesy of Maricar. The prices are quite decent (starting at around 1500 yen for 30 minutes), and it must be a blast to go karting through the streets of Tokyo. A driver’s license is required though — I first learned of the service when I saw a tweet from my friend Kyle about getting an international driver’s license during a recent visit back home to¬†the US, with the express purpose of doing this when back in Tokyo.