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Real-Life Mario Kart Delivered To A Lucky, Lucky Fellow

If y’all are driving around Clarksville, Tennessee and see a familiar videogame vehicle in your midst, try not to turn green with envy.

Ah, Mario Kart 7, how we love you. Your smooth stereoscopic streets, your caterpillar car-drivers, your groovy penchant for bringing in a kicking beat whenever we take first place…

If you love Nintendo, chances are you love Mario Kart. You may remember we talked about those astonishing actually-totally-in-real-life karts constructed as a collaboration between Nintendo and West Coast Customs. You may also remember Nintendo teasingly saying one lucky GameStop customer would win one such kart.

And, as reported by, it’s happened!

Lucky, lucky Nate Stehley bagged himself this fine machine, as delivered by Mario and Nintendo of America themselves. It’s all very pleasant and only slightly surreal to witness.

Congratulations are surely in order to Nate on this splendid victory, and we’re sure the streets of Clarksville are awash with bunting, ticker-tape parades and celebratory finger-buffets.

And if they’re not, by gum, they should be! A real-life Mario Kart delivery doesn’t happen every day, after all! The only way it could have been better was if the kart itself was forcibly spat from the mouth of a giant Cheep-Cheep, in true Mario Kart 64 trophy-presenting style.

Perceptive readers may now raise their fingers and waggle them in a ponderous fashion and say, “This is all well and good, but what about the other kart?”

And we’d say, well aren’t you just Captain Good-Memory? But you’d be correct. As noted in initial coverage, a replica of Mario Kart 7‘s ‘Bumble V’ vehicle was also constructed. It sits happily at Nintendo’s headquarters in Redmond, Washington, presumably whilst top secret Nintendo scientists work on breeding a terrifying giant hairy woman-bee to drive it. Maybe. Either way, we can’t have it, and that sucks.

So, Tennessee can now add ‘location of a unique replication of a videogame vehicle’ to its list of merits. Jolly good! What other Nintendo vehicles would you want to win in a competition?

Me? Always fancied myself an Arwing, don’t you know.

By on 4 March 2012
Salubriously silly indie-novelist Tony likes Nintendo, doodling cartoons and various rambunctious shenanigans. His handheld of choice is the Cosmo Black 3DS, he tweets nonsense over on @HeyTonyOfficial, and a Norwich coffee shop has named a sandwich after him.

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  1. jimmy says:

    Is it legal to drive on the roads?

  2. Grort says:

    I didn’t see a Number Plate when they were backing it out of the lorry, so probably not. But how cool would it be to take that on a track day?

  3. ilovenintendo says:

    thats so cool!!!!

  4. King DeDeDe says:

    OMG!!! I WANT ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. anon12 says:

    if designed as online it would go bust

  6. anon12 says:

    not to alarm anyone but when i tip this via n4g they ban me

  7. Me. says:

    Ooohhh…. I’m so jealous!!!! I would LOVE to have that kart….
    The standard kart in Mario Kart 7 looks amazing both in Autostereoscopic 3D and in real world 3D.

  8. mariofan3ds says:

    I wish I’ve would won it.

  9. mariofan3ds says:

    I wish it was me who won it

  10. hmmm says:

    which garage do you take that sweet ride to??

  11. Cam says:

    Personally I would want a warp star but this is the next best thing.

  12. Flippergob says:

    Who’s up for raiding this guy’s garage?


  13. Gabe says:

    Let’s see the Blue Falcon next!!! xD

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