No matter how thrilling a victory you may get in Mario Kart, dodging blue shells and out-maneuvering the competition to be first over the finish line, there's always that part of you that wishes you could've seen that glory unfold on a bigger screen.
It turns out some players in Kansas City, Missouri got to play the classic Nintendo racing game on an actual stadium jumbotron, making them the envy of gamers everywhere.
This all happened yesterday, when CBS affiliate KCTV5 was sending a team via helicopter on assignment. Along the way, they passed over Kauffman Stadium, home of the Kansas City Royals, and noticed the CrownVision jumbotron was playing what looked like a spirited game of Mario Kart. The station's sports reporter, Tom Martin, tweeted out the image and a couple of question marks yesterday afternoon.
Martin got an answer not long after, and it turns out the whole thing was for a good cause. The Royals have a charity set up called Royal Charities, which replied to Martin via Twitter. They explained that the sighting was "part of a @Royals Associates fundraiser with us to kick off the year! You may even see a video game party on CrownVision as an auction item in 2019."
Indeed, one of the things that Royal Charities are auctioning off is the use of their jumbotron for charitable purposes. Based on a tweet they sent earlier today, it seems that the game in question was part of a larger tournament designed to raise money for military families. Making it the second-most-immersive Mario Kart experience out there — save for it happening in real life.
To sum things up, a bunch of Mario Kart players got together and fired up a Nintendo Switch that was wired into an actual jumbotron in order to raise money for a good cause. We may only be a few days into 2019, but this seems like a strong contender for the feel-good story of the year.