Nintendo hired West Coast Customs to build two Karts in real car size.
Nintendo has teamed up with West Coast Customs of MTV fame to create life-size models of two karts (see photos below) from the upcoming Mario Kart 7 video game for the portable Nintendo 3DS. These unique electric vehicles were unveiled today at the LA Auto Show, where they will be on display Nov. 18-27 in the lobby of the West Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center. Visitors attending the show will be able to take photos of the karts, sample the Mario Kart 7 game before its Dec. 4 launch and participate in multiplayer game play.
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West Coast Customs is known for TV shows such as the classic Pimp My Ride on MTV and the current show Inside West Coast Customs on the Velocity Network. The company has re-created two vehicles from Mario Kart 7: the classic Mario Standard kart, complete with glider attachment for soaring through the air, and the Luigi Bumble V kart, which resembles a bumblebee and features a rear propeller for underwater navigation.
In early 2012, an episode of Inside West Coast Customs will show how West Coast Customs and Nintendo worked together to make these video game vehicles a reality.
You can actually win these real-life Mario Karts. Members of the GameStop PowerUp Rewards program will have the opportunity to claim the Mario Kart as his or her own as part of the monthly Epic Reward Giveaway program. To be eligible for an Epic Reward Giveaway entry, members must make a purchase or trade at their local GameStop or on GameStop.com during the month of December. PowerUp Rewards Pro Members automatically get two entries with purchase. The lucky winner will be announced in February.
"Mario karts offer more fun per mile than any other vehicle," said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. "Mario Kart 7 is a perfect example of the many great games Nintendo has lined up for the holidays."
Mario Kart 7 for 3DS ships December 4. You can pre-order it now on Amazon for $39.96.
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