Life-Size Mario Kart

Mario surprises Nathanial Stehley, 27, the lucky winner of GameStop’s Epic Reward Giveaway, before delivering a life-size Mario Kart vehicle to him on Feb. 28, 2012, in Clarksville, Tenn. Nintendo teamed with West Coast Customs to create drivable versions of two karts found in Mario Kart 7 for the portable Nintendo 3DS system in celebration of the recent launch of the game.

Nintendo will deliver a life-size Mario Kart vehicle to a Clarksville, Tenn., resident as the lucky winner of the GameStop® Epic Reward Giveaway. Nintendo will present him with the keys to the fully functioning kart.

To celebrate the recent launch of the Mario Kart 7 game for the portable Nintendo 3DS system, Nintendo teamed up with West Coast Customs to create life-size models of two karts from the game – one for Mario and one for Luigi – and unveiled them at the 2011 LA Auto Show. A recent episode of Inside West Coast Customs on the Velocity Network showed how West Coast Customs and Nintendo worked together to make these video game vehicles a reality. Members of the GameStop PowerUp Rewards program had the opportunity to claim Mario’s kart as part of the monthly Epic Reward Giveaway. The kart comes complete with a decorative glider wing, as represented in the game. The Luigi Bumble V Kart resides at Nintendo of America’s headquarters in Redmond, Wash.

Winner Nate Stehley of Clarksville, Tenn.; David Young, Nintendo of America’s assistant manager of Public Relations; Rob Henderson, GameStop PowerUp Rewards Program Manager.

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