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The rental of go-karts designed to simulate Mario Kart in the streets of Tokyo will have to close: Nintendo wins the case against MariCar. Even the big go kart site tops this.

We already know that Nintendo is almost obsessively protective of its IPs, but it was Tokyo’s go-kart rental service, MariCar, that fought against the company to the last. To tell the truth, this curious forensic issue has been entertaining the foreign press for a while. The existence of the service in fact emerged in February three (almost four) years ago, which is the first complaint. It was only a matter of time before the Big N got the better of it, and now the counterfeit Mario Kart simulation will have to pit for the last time. The court ruled on December 24 that the business owes Nintendo 50 million yen – nearly 400,000 of our euros.

End of the race for MariCar go-karts
Nintendo has unusually decided to bring the matter to light with an official statement following the dispute. In this statement, the whole story emerges – from the point of view of the Big N, of course -. Curiously, the bold implementation of costumes inspired by Nintendo’s thirty-five-year franchise follows the first lawsuit, rather than preceding it: we are talking about 2018. The conclusion, predictably, reiterates the intent to continue protecting the IPs of the Big N, including brands built “in years of continuous efforts”.

If the issue was still cryptic, MariCar was a go-kart rental service in Tokyo that allowed tourists and residents to simulate Mario Kart on the streets of the metropolis. This has led to a lot of viral videos, but the footage we’ve included above isn’t part of it. Instead, let’s remember that at the time of the lawsuits Nintendo was already working on the Super Nintendo World amusement park, which also includes a Mario Kart-inspired attraction. We would not be surprised if the move by the Kyoto giant aimed at avoiding unauthorized competition at the upcoming opening (February 4, 2021) of the Osaka park. Far more real, however, was the risk of being associated with road accidents caused by unauthorized activities.

Now it’s up to you to tell us yours: what do you think of Nintendo’s IP protection? Let us know below, and as always, don’t forget to stay on tuttoteK for all the most important news on the gaming sphere.

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