Nintendo seals triumph in long-running suit versus Tokyo ‘Mario Kart’ experience

Nintendo has actually won its ongoing suit with Japanese company Mari Mobility over the latter’s business “MariCar,” which offered tours of the streets of Tokyo in go-karts and outfits themed after the previous’s popular racing franchise Mario Kart.
The MariCar franchise initially fell afoul of Nintendo’s legal team in 2017, with the street-touring crew eventually purchased to pay Nintendo payment to the tune of ¥10 million (roughly $97,000 USD) for the unapproved use of its IP and issues that safety issues could bring the Nintendo brand name into disrepute.
Undaunted, the newly-retitled “Street Kart” just slapped “Unassociated to Nintendo” stickers onto its go-karts before hitting the road as soon as again, much to The Huge N’s annoyance. Appeals from both celebrations to the Supreme Court of Japan have actually now been settled in Nintendo’s favor, leading to Street Kart being hit with an even larger fine of ¥50 million (or an incredible $480,000 USD).
These legal troubles couldn’t have come at an even worse time for Street Kart, who have been struggling to survive in 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Regardless of releasing a crowdfunding campaign earlier this year to develop capital, it would seem a forgone conclusion that these recent events might run the tourist attraction off-road completely.
Nintendo’s victory over MariCar settled[Japan Today / Japanese Nintendo]

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