Real-world ‘Mario Kart’ is headed to Japan’s Nintendo theme park

To celebrate the start of construction on Super Nintendo World, Universal Studios Japan has released its first teaser trailer for the upcoming park attraction. And what’s more, the pair confirmed that a Mario Kart ride will be the jewel in its crown, which should come as a surprise to absolutely no one. Previously published patent documents suggest this guaranteed crowd-pleaser …

ICYMI: Watching plants grow and playing ‘Mario Kart’ with an actual car

Today on In Case You Missed It: The thought of watching a plant grow seems, well boring. But researchers from the Institute of Science and Technology in Austria used lasers, fluorescent lights and a microscope to track the growth of a flowering weed’s roots. The end result is a close-up 3D video that looks more like a glowing burrowing worm …

‘Mario Kart 64’ is the Wii U Virtual Console’s latest addition

Sure, Mario Kart 8 is great and all, but if you wanted to see the original version of “Toad’s Turnpike” on the Wii U, your options have been pretty limited. Tomorrow changes that, as Mario Kart 64 will release on the system’s Virtual Console. Revisiting the Nintendo 64 game will run you $9.99, and for that you’ll get off-TV play …

Ben Heck’s Hackbotz, part 1

With the return of BattleBots and Robot Wars, The Ben Heck Show team produce a real-life Nintendo Mario Kart battle arena with robot kits. In this first of a three-part series, the robots are assembled — and weaponized — without instructions. Join Ben as he shows us how to combine motor controller driver hardware with a custom LiPo battery pack. …