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A Recipe for Mixed Reality in 'Mario Kart Live'

Ed Tumbusch  (Programmer, Velan Studios)

Date: Friday, July 23

Time: 1:20pm - 2:20pm

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core Pass

Topic: Programming

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: N/A: I would like to deliver a virtual presentation only

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit brings the thrill of Mario Kart racing to real life with a remote controlled kart connected to a Nintendo Switch. While a live video feed from the kart captures a first person view of the driving, the software overlays digital content that enhances the gameplay experience. This presentation will describe the tools and techniques used to convincingly fuse the physical world with digital game content. It will provide practical examples of how this technology is used to create the unique Mixed Reality gameplay on user generated courses.


Existing frameworks like ARCore and ARKit are not always available on the target platform or might not meet the requirements of a particular Mixed Reality application. This presentation will outline the various technologies used for Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit and give attendees a head start in the fundamentals of AR/MR.

Intended Audience

This presentation should appeal to participants that are curious about the fundamentals of Augmented or Mixed Reality or are generally curious to learn more about some of the technology behind Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit.