Mario Kart fan makes Mario Kart 8 drivable using cardboard

A creative fan designs a cardboard Mario Kart arcade machine, plus a drivable kart from Nintendo’s beloved series.

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the Mario Kart continues to be one of the most popular and successful in the world. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe recently became the best-selling game in the series, with the franchise as a whole having sold over 160 million copies worldwide. It’s easy to wonder what it would be like to drive a kart from the games in real life, and one creative fan wanted to try it out for himself, with amazing results.

DanCreator’s recent video has gained a lot of traction. In the video, DanCreator takes everyday cardboard and turns it into a Mario Kart arcade terminal and a drivable kart. The functionality of these creations is impressive to say the least, but the visual design can be even more impressive.


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The video begins with DanCreator creating a Nintendo Labo-like arcade version of Mario Kart. Parts of the design are extremely complex, such as creating an actual gas pedal that uses the Joy-Con with a cardboard wheel that uses another for steering. Meanwhile, the massive arcade base that holds the TV and Switch is also part of the creation, along with a comfortable seat. The YouTuber then tweaks the design with colors, speakers connected to the chair, LED lights, and more.

As impressive as the Mario Kart arcade machine is, DanCreator one gets up on the second half of the video showing off a drivable kart. The YouTuber uses inflatable pool tubes and a vacuum that pushes air out to create a hovering effect. While the base of the kart is made of pool tubing and plywood, the rest of the creation is cardboard. DanCreator beautifies the kart again with LED lights, beautiful colors and more. Finally, the kart is tested in a large gym, where the cardboard creation seems to float on the smooth surface.

The video on YouTube has over 1.5 million views, as the comments are filled with Nintendo fans who would like their own cardboard karts. DanCreator’s Cardboard Arcade Machine looks like a great way to enjoy the frenetic runner, plus new DLC for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. And the driving machine might not have a lot of features, but it looks pretty amazing.

DanCreator’s build isn’t the first time someone has combined Lab-like cardboard and Mario Kart. The Nintendo fanbase is certainly an imaginative bunch. Nintendo games have always been about innovation and smiles, so it should come as no surprise that fans are constantly inspired by Mario and company to create real-life masterpieces.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is now available for Nintendo Switch.

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