It’s Mario time

It’s Mario time

A new entertainment venture has been proposed for the local area.
An application for planning approval was lodged with the Kingborough Council for a multi-million dollar go kart circuit based on the Nintendo Mario Kart game.
Largely solar powered, the complex would have both an outdoor and indoor track including pit areas, at the old K & D Trade building site at Mertonvale Circuit in Kingston.
Three brothers, Terry, David and Steven Cutcliffe are behind the fledgling business Hyperdrive Kart Racing.
Catering to families, groups and individuals, there could be up to 50 drivers at a time in the electric karts on the track, with observation areas for spectators on mezzanine levels.
The Cutcliffe brothers hope to market the venture for parties and corporate events.
Plans include a cafe, themed function rooms and classic arcade games, with an eighties pop culture influence.
Hyperdrive Kart Racing will focus on sustainable practices and have minimal environmental impact on the area.
The track would be based on the acclaimed 1992 Mario Kart series of go-kart-style racing video games that were developed and published by Nintendo as spin-offs from its trademark series.
Mario racing fans will recognise similarities from the video game where, drivers could drive over or through symbols projected onto the track simulating the different obstacles that can cause the karts to slow or speed up with computer-controlled technology.
Featured in the series power-ups include mushrooms to give players a speed boost, banana peels, and fake item boxes that can be laid on the course as hazards to power down karts.
Competing racers lagging far behind may receive more powerful items while the leader may only receive small defensive items, which evens up the contest, with endless possibilities. 
Pending council approval, the business hopes to open later this year.


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