“I wish you could play this game in real life.”
Those words have been muttered by almost everyone who’s ever played the game Mario Kart — and if you’ve played video games at all in the past couple decades, chances are you’ve encountered at least one of the titles in this classic franchise.
Well, the folks from National Instruments at Waterloo Labs have just answered the prayers of two generations worth of racing, shell-hurling, mystery-box-collecting Mario Kart fans. They’ve developed a system that uses a variety of electric motors, micro-processors and RFID tags to bring the same gameplay of the video game to real life.
Yes, with real go-karts, stars, shells, and track obstacles. Even Chain Chomps for heaven’s sake.