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    Mario Fans Take Their Karts on the Road IRL

    Ready to get real behind the wheel? A 25-year love affair with Mario Kart has spawned a real-life driving culture, with costumed fans taking to DIY battery-powered children’s Power Wheels, sometimes turbocharged for blazing 26-mph racing. Though Nintendo tried to shut down a Tokyo-based MariCar tour of the city, they’ve been friendlier toward a less commercial subculture that encourages Mario enthusiasts to construct their own costumes and cars in honor of their beloved characters — and experts say the craze is just getting revved up.

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