Parents who want their kids to experience Mario Kart without the Blue Shell scarring them for life will soon have an alternative in the form of the upcoming Hot Wheels Mario Kart sets.
The announcement about a team-up between Mattel and Nintendo was originally made last year, with Mario Kart-themed Hot Wheels toys displayed at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con. According to Business Wire, the Mario Kart-themed Hot Wheels set will be released this year and will feature different characters from the series, as well as tracks that feature hazards inspired by different Mario Kart levels. The characters available at launch will be Mario, Luigi, Bowser, and Yoshi, with later sets adding Koopa Troopa, Princess Peach, and Toad to the lineup. The Mario Kart racers will also be compatible with other Hot Wheels sets.
There will be three track sets available at launch, which will include the Piranha Plant Slide Track Set, the Thwomp Ruins Track Set, and the Hot Wheels Mario Kart Circuit Track Set.
The Hot Wheels Mario Kart sets will be featured at the upcoming San Diego Comic-Con, where Metal Mario racers can be purchased by attendees.
There have been numerous Mario Kart toys released by Nintendo over the years, which include high-quality recreations of the characters and vehicles from the game, as well as remote-controlled cars that can be used without a track. The Hot Wheels Mario Kart set is the first time that the two franchises have crossed over, which will be an exciting prospect for the parents of Nintendo-obsessed kids (or Nintendo-obsessed parents themselves), as well as for toy collectors.
The Mario Kart series consists of some of the top-selling games on each Nintendo platform, with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe being the best-selling game on the Nintendo Switch at the moment. It's never been a better time to incorporate the vehicles from Mario Kart into a new set of toys.
The Hot Wheels Mario Kart sets will be available this summer.