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Mario Kart

Mario has driven some unusual vehicles over the years, but while his basic go-kart from the Mario Kart series won't win any prizes for being baffling or bizarre, it will get you where you need to go.  Thanks to Nintendo and West Coast Customs, it isn't fictional anymore.  The two companies teamed up to create life-size working replicas of two Mario Kart vehicles (Mario's standard kart and Luigi's bee-based ride) to promote Mario Kart 7 for the Nintendo 3DS.  Soon they'll give one of 'em away to a GameStop customer.  Here's the official press release, and Jalopnik also has coverage.  Maybe it's just me, but I've always preferred this basic style of kart instead of the drivable eggs, baby carriages, and other whimsical things.  People always seem to be in a hurry to unlock supposedly better karts, but I stick with this model all the way through the game if I can.  I mean, can you really take a long-tongued bipedal dinosaur seriously if he's behind the wheel of a giant egg?  I think not!