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Cats have mixed reviews on Mario Kart Live

Are cats Mario’s ultimate boss battle?

A photo of Mario’s kart, with Luigi in the background, from Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit Photo: Nintendo
Nicole Carpenter is a senior reporter specializing in investigative features about labor issues in the game industry, as well as the business and culture of games.

Humans are loving Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, the mixed-reality Mario Kart game that turns your house into a race track. The Nintendo Switch game, paired with a remote-controlled kart driven by Mario or Luigi, brings the race to the living room — and honestly, it just looks fantastic. But there is one demographic that’s not enjoying this neat new toy: cats.

Cats do, of course, love chasing and attacking things — and at first glance, it feels like a toy a cat might love. However, the karts are controlled by humans, who are seemingly enjoying turning the tables, and chasing their cats around with Mario and Luigi. Cats, the ferocious beasts they are, are no match for the karts, however: I’ve seen plenty of clips online where cats chase and pounce on Mario and Luigi. It’s fantastic, and I’m here to share some of those clips with you.

Most of the time, Mario and Luigi don’t stand a chance.

There is, however, another group of animals that seem a bit more interested in Mario Kart Live: dogs. I will note, though, that these are clearly not dogs that are afraid of the vacuum cleaner. My dog, Major, is a very good boy who’s terrified of the vacuum, and I can assure you he’d be hiding under something as soon as Mario and Luigi come rolling in.

My cat, though? I’m not sure the Mario Kart duo would last the night.

For those of you who want to test your cat or dog’s bravery and stamina, Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit is available now for $99.99 on Nintendo Switch.

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