Looks like MariCAR’s gonna be forking over some serious coin — Nintendo just won a lawsuit against the Tokyo company (fully named Mari Mobility Development Co.) for dressing up its tourist riders in Mario Kart costumes, and a court ruled they must not only cease the costume hi-jinks but pay 10 million yen (approximately $89,000) in damages. As pointed out by other media outlets, MariCAR’s English-language page still depict riders in Mario-themed outfits. We imagine the “MariCAR” pun was too tempting for the company to pass up, but still, the law’s the law.
But wait, are we implying there’s an actual tourist program letting you drive go-karts around Tokyo? That’s right: according to Kotaku, MariCAR’s go-karts are quite popular with tourists, who tend to up end up crashing them. While thankfully those incidents haven’t resulted in any critical injuries (or, god forbid, any deaths!), one documented case apparently had an injured patient recovering for weeks. Needless to say, they aren’t very popular with locals, and we can’t imagine the bad PR will do much good. Perhaps we should keep the go-karts in theme parks?
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