Nintendo Successfully Sues Japanese ‘Mario Kart’ Themed Tour

/ 7 months ago

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Nintendo Successfully Sues Japanese ‘Mario Kart’ Themed Tour

Japan is a pretty amazing country. As a tourist, their major cities are well geared towards showing you the sights and attractions. It seems, however, that one such firm might have taken it a little too far.

So far, in fact, that Nintendo has just successfully sued them for breaching what they feel is their own copyright. Well, on the outfits at least.


MariCar is (or was) a Japanese tour guide service that led people through Tokyo on a sightseeing tour. The company, which definitely has nothing to do with Mario Kart, dressed people up in certain costumed and had them driving around in a group on karts. Yes, it doesn’t exactly take a degree to understand what they were going for here.

Following this coming to Nintendo’s attention though, in a report via Kotaku, a lawsuit was issued and following a successful ruling, the firm has been fined around 10 million Yen. That’s about £68,000.

Nintendo Can Be Mean Sometimes!

While you can entirely understand a company wanting to protect their IPs, this does seem a little mean. In fairness though, Nintendo does have a pretty strong reputation (the one you’d easily compare to Disney) for being rather enthusiastic in defending its brand and characters.

There is, however, an option for Marikart. Sega has, largely, been a little more flexible in its attitude and there is a brand new Sonic Racing game on the way…

What do you think? – Let us know in the comments!

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One Response to “Nintendo Successfully Sues Japanese ‘Mario Kart’ Themed Tour”
  1. Rich says:

    If anything, this promotes the Nintendo character brand and with a little foresight from Nintendo, they could have embraced it and given the firm better costumes and a little sponsorship.

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