Nintendo wins damage suit against Tokyo Super Mario go-kart business

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Until now, a Mario Kart theme was also an option, though there doesn't appear to be any trace of Nintendo's intellectual property on the MariCAR website at this time.

Being a completely unlicensed Mario Kart ride business, it should come as no surprise Nintendo wasn't happy about its day-to-day operations and has finally won a lawsuit against the company.

Nintendo said on Thursday (Sep 27) that it has won a court battle against a popular go-kart operator that allows drivers to dress up as Super Mario and other game characters to zip through the streets of Japan.

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Today, Tokyo District Court ruled against MariCar, the unofficially real-life Mario Kart, ordering the company to cease lending out Nintendo-themed cosplay and cough up ten million yen in damages.

Go-karting in New Zealand.

Presumably MariCar assumed that by avoiding direct Nintendo trademarks in its name and written promotions, it would dodge any red shells or legal difficulties. Nintendo also claimed that MariCar was using Nintendo costumes for publicity and sales without the publisher's permission. Nintendo had sought 10 million yen ($88,300) when it filed a lawsuit against MariCar Inc.in February past year and demanded it stop using the costumes, which has been popular with foreign tourists.

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