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Mercedes SUV Coming to Mario Kart 8

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We do a lot of stories about real-life cars being licensed for games here, but this one is a bit of a topper. Mercedes, the dignified, upscale brand most not-associated with colorful karting and wantonly tossing blue shells at people, has signed a deal to have one of its cars featured in Mario Kart 8.

The deal, which is for right now only in Japan, sees the Mercedes GLA SUV becoming available for your driving fun. It looks weird as hell, honestly, to see Mario squatting in a realistic gray mom-mobile. Of course this is blatantly promotional, but all real-life car licensing is blatantly promotional, so what else is new?

Eurogamer asked Nintendo UK if the DLC would make it to the west. They didn’t get a “no.”

“The announcement this time was made by Mercedes-Benz Japan regarding their collaboration in Japan with NCL,” a spokesperson told Eurogamer.

“As for the information relating to the distribution of the GLA kart for MK8 outside Japan, we will be able to announce in the near future.”

The deal also includes the terrifying Japanese ad embedded above. Get in your safe place before you watch this one.

[Source: Eurogamer]

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