Another Tourist Crashes Real-Life (And Totally Unofficial) Mario Kart In Tokyo

Screenshot: TV Asahi, 2ch

Last night in Tokyo, a 30-something-year-old tourist from Singapore made a wrong turn, driving a rental MariCar (the go-kart company that Nintendo is suing for copyright infringement) up on the sidewalk and crashing it into a restaurant sign. This is not a first.

Previously, Kotaku reported that another tourist crashed a MariCar into a police box. In a separate incident, a Taiwanese national was arrested earlier this year after an alleged hit-and-run while driving a rented go-kart. The injured cyclist needed several weeks to recover.

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As can be seen in these tweets, during this latest incident there were drivers dressed as Mario and Tigger. Is that Wario behind the wheel? Or a Minion?

Thankfully, the driver only sustained minor injuries and no pedestrians were hit. It looks like the sign was not so lucky.

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The accident made the national news in Japan, including TV Asahi.

Screenshot: TV Asahi, 2ch
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Screenshot: TV Asahi, 2ch
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Rental go-karts started appearing on the Tokyo city streets in around 2013. Since then, they’ve become increasingly popular with tourists, but less so with locals.


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Brian Ashcraft

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored five books, including most recently, Japanese Whisky: The Ultimate Guide to the World's Most Desirable Spirit.