A Japanese company that allowed customers to take Mario Kart themed tours of Tokyo has been successfully sued for copyright infringement by Nintendo.
If given half a chance, most of us would likely jump at the opportunity to become our favorite video game characters and play out certain scenarios. Unfortunately, that's impossible for most titles. However, have you ever been go-karting and thought to yourself, this is just a bunch of bananas and a Mario costume away from being Mario Kart?
Well if you have, you're not the only one. In fact, a company in Tokyo, Japan gives go kart tours of the city and encourages its customers to dress up as Mario Kart character, or at least it did. MariCar (you see what they did there) was rumbled by Nintendo back in 2017 and did not like its idea one bit, suing them for copyright infringement.
It may have been a while since that first clash between the two companies, but litigation has finally come to an end, and real-life Mario Kart on the streets of Tokyo is no more. The Tokyo court ruled in favor of Nintendo, forcing MariCar to stop handing out Nintendo-created costumes to their patrons and has also ordered the karting company to pay the gaming giants 1o million ¥ (around $88,000), as reported by Polygon.
While Sony is the gaming company that is typically viewed as being the one that can't play well with others, Nintendo has a little bit of a reputation too. You will rarely see its characters appear elsewhere, not even on the streets of Tokyo it would seem. It also took a long time to join in on the cellphone gaming boom, not adding a single game to the Apple store until 2016 by which point 500,000 titles had already been released on the iPhone.
Despite the cease and desist when it comes to dressing in Mario Kart costumes and the fine it has to pay, MariCar is still in business as you can see by visiting its website. However, any trace of it letting customers don Wario and Princess Peach outfits before venturing out onto Tokyo's streets has disappeared. There are other costumes available, but its main selling point is now no longer.