This morning I arrive to the above massive trophy, sent directly from Nintendo HQ. A genuinely incredible replica of the Leaf Cup from Mario Kart 7. This thing is outrageously heavy, so I'm assuming that means it wasn't cheap. Why did Nintendo send us such a thing? Well, apparently it's looking for Australia's top Mario Karter to take part in a massive community event in Sydney. So who wants to represent Kotaku?
There are a couple of caveats — to begin with, you have to be great at Mario Kart, and I'm taking your word for it here. Secondly, you have to be over 18, and thirdly, you have to be able to make your own way to Sydney between 6.30pm and 10.30 on November 1 for the event.
It sounds like it's going to be a pretty awesome event with top notch prizes for those who compete. The event kicks off with qualifying rounds at the venue and the cool thing, for me at least, is the fact that you don't have to play the latest version of the game to get through to the finals. There are qualifying round for Super Mario Kart on the SNES, Mario Kart 64 on the N64, Mario Kart Double Dash for the GCN and Mario Kart Wii. The grand finals are contested with Mario Kart 7 on the 3DS, but still — even if you specialised in one of the older games, you still have a chance to get through to the finals. Pretty swish.
And the prizes aren't too shabby either. The top three racers will receive 3DS XLs signed by Charles Martinet himself.
If you'd like to head to the event, drop a comment below telling us why you should be chosen. It's that simple! Anything goes — just keep it clean! Just make sure you're...
— Over 18 — Able to actually make it — At least passable at Mario Kart!
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