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Friday, November 18, 2011

Do want: West Coast Customs builds life-sized Mario karts

I've played Mario Kart for years and always thought it would be cool if these existed in real life.
Well, West Coast Customs and Nintendo teamed up to make that a reality. On display at the L.A. Auto Show in the lobby of the West Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center through Nov. 27 are two karts based on the next game of the popular franchise, Mario Kart 7. There is the classic Mario Standard kart, with a glider attachment for soaring through the air, and the Luigi Bumble V kart, which resembles a bumblebee and has a propeller attached for underwater navigation.
Visitors of the show will be able to take photos of the karts and play a sample of Mario Kart 7, which releases Dec. 4.
Want to win one of them? GameStop PowerUp Rewards members will have the opportunity with the Epic Reward Giveaway program. To be eligible, members must make a trade or purchase at a GameStop or on during the month of December. Members get two entries with a purchase. The winner will be announced in February. For more info, visit

The following photos are provided by Nintendo of America.

Reggie Fils-Aime, president and COO of Nintendo of America, and Ryan Friedlinghaus, founder and CEO of West Coast Customs, unveil two life-size Mario Kart-themed vehicles.

Reggie Fils-Aime gets behind the wheel of the Luigi Bumble V kart.

Ryan Friedlinghaus points out key features of the life-sized Mario Kart to Reggie Fils-Aime.

Reggie Fils-Aime and Ryan Friedlinghaus play Mario Kart 7 on the 3DS.

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