The street karting tour company let people dress up as Mario characters and drive around the city like real life Mario Kart, but wasn’t affiliated with Nintendo. They recently lost their appeal against a copyright infringement lawsuit – BIG SURPRISE.
The company, previously trading as MariCar (Iseewhatyoudidthere) and now Street Kart, takes tourists on go kart tours around the streets of Tokyo, dressed as a variety of characters from popular entertainment franchises. Until recently, this included characters associated with the Mario games. Mario characters, in karts, and no affiliation with Nintendo; what could go wrong?
Obviously, they got sued and then launched an appeal. Throughout the appeal process, they flaunted their disregard for the seriousness of the situation by allowing patrons to continue dressing up as Nintendo characters. A decision that probably didn’t help their case.
So, no more real-life Mario Kart. Their website now displays a rather sheepish reference to the situation.
Street Kart is fully complied through local governing laws in Japan. Street Kart is in no way a reflection of Nintendo, the game ‘Mario Kart’. (We do not provide rental of costumes of Mario Series.)
Since the Mario Kart references are probably what made the tour so popular in the first place, they’re going to have a rough time. Also, there’s that 10 million yen (just over one million rand) they have to pay Nintendo. Don’t worry, you can still ride a kart dressed as a lumpy Piglet or bulgy Batman.