Live Mario Kart DS matches make a Korean TV show

By Spencer . January 24, 2008 . 1:02pm

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The televised Guitar Hero match was just a glimpse into the diversity of video game shows I'm watching in Korea. (Yes, there are more than the Starcraft league.) Champ, a station that usually broadcasts cartoons like YuYu Hakusho, has a program called Run & Run Mario Kart DS. The half an hour long show interviews six young contestants and then shows them racing wirelessly. This is the first I’ve heard about a competitive Mario Kart league in Korea, but it’s clear some players are taking Mario Kart DS very seriously.

 

Run & Run Mario Kart DS is also an indicator of how popular the Nintendo DS is in Korea. The system has been around for barely a year and Mario Kart DS came out on April 5, 2007. In this relatively short amount of time the DS blossomed enough for a production company to green light a television show centered competitive Mario Kart racing.

 

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These three players are on the same team. Notice how they are wearing Mario Kart DS jerseys. All six competitors have them.

 

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This is a really blurry shot of one of the races. All of racing footage is shown full screen with the two announcers making comments about the players performance.


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  • Aoshi00

    Dang, I’ve always known that Korea is into online games and competitive gaming, but this is pretty serious.

  • TacoBeaver

    six ppl at the same time?

  • http://www.siliconera.com Spencer

    @tacobeaver – No. Each match was one on one and there were four matches. Three races with each player on a team and a final with the top three times.

  • ChrisUlt

    DS FOR THE WIN!

    Is this like a game show?

  • http://www.xboxottawa.ca machinima

    MarioKart might be newish in Korea, but they’ve been playing KartRider for years

  • http://www.omigoproject.blogspot.com Irving_Rivas

    It’s a pretty good idea, y’know… it sure calls upon a market of people hoping to catch tips… I’d say it’s better than many american TV game shows..

  • philco

    LOL anyone know where I could watch this … I’d like to see just how good those Koreans are

  • WIILUIGIDS

    FINALLY! Someone does something right by producing a kind of MLG show based on Mario Kart DS on TV. The show looks NICE! and all, but I wonder if you can play against the contestants online from around the World?

  • http://www.mmud.info MMoi

    Too bad, this show was displayed last year in August… only few times.

    Mario Kart is not much developped here in Korea….

  • http://n-xg.com Monie

    I wish America had that, I’d be beasting on a lot of people.

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