An all-new Mario Kart is coming to Switch next month

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As part of Mario’s 35th anniversary celebrations Nintendo has unveiled a new Mario Kart – and while it’s not the next mainline entry in the series, it looks like a fascinating spin on the formula.

Developed by Velan Studios – a New York outfit formed from veterans of Vicarious Visions – it’s an augmented reality game in which players take charge of a remote control kart, racing against virtual opponents on tracks that wind around real-life obstacles.

Dubbed Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, it’ll ship with either a Mario-themed remote control kart or a Luigi one, and it promises four-player local multiplayer. Quite how it all works remains a bit of a mystery – though the trailer gives you a fair idea – and I’m fascinated to find out how it all comes together when it launches on October 16th.