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Aikouka

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Well that definitely isn't a ringing endorsement.
I think a lot of it is pretty expected. For example, the remark about enemies appearing in front of obstacles when they should be obscured by the obstacle is just a result of the lack of any depth sensing or LiDAR setup (like what Apple has on their more recent iPhones and iPads). It is plausible that they could use some image recognition and neural processing... if they had far more horsepower and a newer Nvidia SoC (that has Tensor cores).

Although, I think the big stinger is probably the weaker video quality. I'm sure a young kid wouldn't mind, but it would likely sour an older audience.

One thing that I mentioned in the comments was that I'm curious what hackers/tinkerers could end up doing with the device. Unless Nintendo has implemented some sort of crazy protection scheme (it appears to just be WiFi though), I don't see why we couldn't eventually create our own devices. We'd just need to get our hands on the data that's sent between the two to mimic it.
 

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Well I got me one for pickup at Best Buy. Most BB's near me still have em in stock and Target does too. I'm going to pick it up this morning as long as they actually have it in stock lol.

I probably won't use it until tomorrow though but will post some reactions to it once I do.
 

Aikouka

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Well I got me one for pickup at Best Buy. Most BB's near me still have em in stock and Target does too. I'm going to pick it up this morning as long as they actually have it in stock lol.

I probably won't use it until tomorrow though but will post some reactions to it once I do.
I looked a bit later than intended, but awkwardly... it was easy to find a Mario in stock at Target and Best Buy, but Luigi is a bit harder to find. I ended up ordering one from a Target that's about 25 miles from me, but we'll see if I actually get it. I'm guessing they just made more Mario units because he's more popular?
 

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I looked a bit later than intended, but awkwardly... it was easy to find a Mario in stock at Target and Best Buy, but Luigi is a bit harder to find. I ended up ordering one from a Target that's about 25 miles from me, but we'll see if I actually get it. I'm guessing they just made more Mario units because he's more popular?
I noticed that too this morning. Luigi's impossible to find but Mario's were pretty easy to come by. It's gone at most Target's in my area but some Best Buy's have it like 15-20 miles away.

I ended up getting mine from Best Buy since I had $20 in rewards since I just bought a new washer and dryer last month. I will probably not play it until tomorrow though but will post impressions after we play around with it. My son is going to be so excited when I surprise him with it tomorrow.

 

Aikouka

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I noticed that too this morning. Luigi's impossible to find but Mario's were pretty easy to come by. It's gone at most Target's in my area but some Best Buy's have it like 15-20 miles away.

I ended up getting mine from Best Buy since I had $20 in rewards since I just bought a new washer and dryer last month. I will probably not play it until tomorrow though but will post impressions after we play around with it. My son is going to be so excited when I surprise him with it tomorrow.
After a bit of a drive, I did end up getting both through Target today. (I do wish that I would have adjusted my order and got them both from the distant store though.) I figure I'll try one of them out, and determine whether to keep the other one based upon how I like the first one.

Have you scoped out any fun areas to build tracks? I have a bunch of boxes that I've been meaning to tear down for recycling, so I'm wondering if I could build something fun with that.
 

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After a bit of a drive, I did end up getting both through Target today. (I do wish that I would have adjusted my order and got them both from the distant store though.) I figure I'll try one of them out, and determine whether to keep the other one based upon how I like the first one.

Have you scoped out any fun areas to build tracks? I have a bunch of boxes that I've been meaning to tear down for recycling, so I'm wondering if I could build something fun with that.
I honestly only really have one room that this will work in lol. Our living/dining room is really the only large open area without carpet that this will work on. And I guess our kitchen too but obviously it's not like a track can stay setup there for a long time. My sons playroom is all carpeted unfortunately otherwise that would be the ideal place, if we could clean it up a bit first.

I guess in theory too we could use the garage AND keep the track there too since we don't put our cars in there, but it's not very big.
 

Aikouka

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I honestly only really have one room that this will work in lol. Our living/dining room is really the only large open area without carpet that this will work on. And I guess our kitchen too but obviously it's not like a track can stay setup there for a long time. My sons playroom is all carpeted unfortunately otherwise that would be the ideal place, if we could clean it up a bit first.

I guess in theory too we could use the garage AND keep the track there too since we don't put our cars in there, but it's not very big.
I got a chance to try it out today. One thing you may want to do is take the kart out of the box and charge it before you start playing. I'm not 100% sure how long it lasts or how much charge it comes with out of the box. Although, my boxes weren't taped closed and the kart is at the top-front of the box. So, it's pretty easy to take it out and put it back in if you want to make it seem unopened.

There are some things that I'd recommend. For example, keep the course area well lit. We made a multi-room course, and some of the rooms didn't have lights on. It mostly just affects the video feed as the camera is a bit lower quality to begin with, so darkness doesn't help with that. Also, I'd highly recommend keeping the track to one room if possible. We did receive a few low signal warnings during the drive, and the video would get choppy at times. I haven't tried out the multi-player yet though, but the cats seemed to enjoy going after the karts quite a bit. :p Also, you can drive around outside of a race, but by default, your speed will be set to 50cc. You'll have to go to the settings to switch the drive around mode to 100cc. To unlock faster modes, you have to win cups.
 
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Okay this Mario Kart Live thing is pretty damn cool. I don't know how long the novelty will last but first impressions are very good.
I am not getting any crappy video like that one review. It looks just like those trailers for me. I did get into a hiccupy part when I made a track that went behind walls and was literally a lap through my kitchen, dining room, and living room, but once I moved seats it worked fine.

I also can't believe how they have drifting working and feeling like drifting in Mario Kart. Obviously the RC car doesn't drift but the way they make it turn and on screen shows you drifting truly feels like drifting.

It's also crazy how much faster it looks like you are going on screen than if you look at the RC car.

I swept up my floor before we started playing and there is so much dust and stuff already built up on the tires of the car after like 90 minutes of playing. I am concerned that it will get into the wheel part and start to effect the speed but hopefully if we clean it after each use it doesn't.

The way items and stuff work is neat too. The enemies are kind of an after thought though at least what I've played so far. I feel like I'm just racing with myself most of the time. There is a lot of commotion on the courses sometimes though too so it has that MK feel.

Again not sure how long this will last for myself as being cool, but it is neat as hell so far.

Oh and I didn't realize MK Live the game was a free download. I thought it came with the whole thing. That is both good and bad to me. It's bad in that you are literally paying $100 for an RC car and cardboard. It's good that it means you can just get another car and as long as you have another Switch you can play multiplayer because the game is free to download.

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We just did a course where Kamek does magic and it mirrors the course mid-race and it's wild. When that happens the course flip flops mirrored. And the way it works is the RC car goes left when you push right and right when you push left. Very wild seeing your house mirrored and it controlling as though you are playing it mirrored.
 
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