When you visit Tokyo, it is easy to see tours that tour the city in custom karts in the style of Nintendo's famous Mario Kart, but in a very short time they could disappear from the streets. The Superior Court of Intellectual Property of Japan has condemned Mari Mobility, one of the largest kart companies in the city, to pay a fine of 50 million yen ($ 458,000) for infringing Nintendo's copyright.
This resolution (via Engadget) comes to an end a legal battle that lasts a few years. Although it is not the only company dedicated to organizing these kart tours around the city of Tokyo, Nintendo sued Mari Mobility, known as MariCar, in 2017 for infringing its copyright. In 2018, she was sentenced to a fine of 10 million yen ($ 91,600) and the company managed to continue its activity as until now renamed its service as Street Kart
With the premiere of Super Nintendo World this summer, where an official Mario Kart attraction will take place, it is logical that the Japanese company tries to end the imitations. In addition, the inhabitants of Tokyo surely approve the measure, for reasons of road safety. Not a long time ago, a Taiwanese tourist was hit by one of these karts