Two New Yorkers go “bananas” in this viral Mario Kart stunt.
If you’ve ever wondered what it would look like if NYC turned into a video game, look no further! Social media content creator Caleb Simpson made a seriously entertaining YouTube video that recreates the beloved video game Mario Kart on NYC streets, showing Nintendo favorites Mario and Luigi (aka Simpson and his friend) taking over NYC in mini go-karts.
Simpson, who has 3.8 million followers on TikTok, created the video to “push some positivity and hopefully make the people laugh,” he told the NY Post, which was definitely accomplished based on bystanders’ excited reactions.
Simpson and his friend Irving Salazar drive through the streets, around the fountain in Washington Square Park, and even through the lights of Times Square. They run into some hijinks of course, like stealing the go-karts from eachother, throwing pizza in the air, loading up on bananas at the grocery store, and even getting stopped by police toward the end.
There are plenty of references to the real game in the video, like when Luigi throws a banana peel in front of Mario’s kart to throw him off course. Plus they added lots of Mario Kart sound effects!
Though when they’re riding in traffic it seems a bit dangerous, Simpson told the NY Post they specifically got go-karts that topped out at 15mph so they wouldn’t get in trouble.
Watch the full race here:
It’s too good.
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featured image source: Video Still, YouTube / Caleb Simpson