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Buckle up! A real-live Mario Kart tournament will burn rubber (and probably a few Koopa shells) in 2019

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Nov 29, 2018, 5:10 PM EST

Watch out for two-eyed banana peels and spiked blue shells, because Mario Kart Racing is coming to the real world. How?

It's all down to the go-kart experience known as Mushroom Rally, which has no official ties to Nintendo, something the gaming company may not be too happy about. Nevertheless, Rally (described as "The Ultimate Fancy Dress Go Karting Experience!") will be hosting a real-live go-kart tournament across 16 U.S. cities, with the racers dressed as Mario and other famous Nintendo characters like Luigi, Donkey Kong, Yoshi, Wario, and Bowser.

The races, which begin in March in Los Angeles, will lead up to a final race in Las Vegas between 20 winners chosen from each city. You'll qualify for the finals if you hold the fastest lap record in your city, collect the most "stars" in your city, or your name is drawn from a random lottery. The "stars" are based off the ones that can make you invincible in the game, and can be one at certain games on racing days. 

Watch the racing in action below:

Remember when we said Nintendo wouldn't be too happy about unlicensed Mario Kart races going on? Well, the video game corporation already had to shut down a real-world operation, similar to Mushroom Rally, in Japan back in September.

According to the Tech Times, MariCar was a business that allowed patrons to drive around the streets of Tokyo in go-karts, while dressed like Nintendo characters. Nintendo filed a legal injunction and won in court, which ordered MariCar to pay 10 million yen in damages. 

Mushroom Rally also hosts Mario Kart-style races in the U.K., specifically in London, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne, Birmingham, Nottingham, Derby, and Sheffield.

If you live in America or England, you can purchase tickets here, barring any legal shutdowns that may happen between now and March.