Nintendo Is Looking For Australia's Fastest Mario Kart Racers

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!

Alright. Let's-a-go!

Terms and conditions can be found here.


    1. You have to be great at Mario Kart

    2. You have to be over 18

    3. You have to be able to make your own way to Sydney between 6.30pm and 10.30 on November 1 for the event

    I'd love to be there, but I can't. God speed, whoever goes on to represent us!

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    Sorry Team Kotaku, you don't have a chance...


    If it's anything like MKWii and MK7 online play was, it'll just be full of cheaters driving off the edge and exploiting glitches. That damn Wuhu Mountain was unplayable online.

      But if they do that in front of spectators and judges they'll be booed. And Im pretty sure the ToC would state no cheating/exploiting.

      ... wish they had banned snaking in the mario kart ds comp they did for the first nintendo connection tour >: /

        I miss snaking. It was hard to learn but there was a LOT more skill involved. The series has gone majorly downhill since then, now it's got a MUCH higher luck component.

          Snaking was bad in that it was a required skill that didn't really go well with how most people wanted to play the game.

          I didn't mind it and could do it but I didn't do it against others that didn't like it. Still got accused of doing it simply because I would boost multiple times around corners and whatnot.

          The response from Nintendo to stop it really did suck though. Took a lot of fun out of drifting.

          The problem with snaking was that it restricted gameplay: you HAD to pick a light kart and light char AND snake to remain competitive.

        Also, the glitches in MK7 were patched a while ago.

    Holy crap that trophy is gigantic.

    Already should be representing Another-Castle though, so rivalry it is :P

    Well, I spent far too much of my youth playing Mario Kart on the N64, and my skill hasn't waned in the decade since... That, and I'd be willing to cosplay a Mario character of Kotaku's choice should I be chosen =)

    I like to think I'm not too bad at Mario Kart. My problem would be never having played the SNES version or MK7.

    My 14 year old brother Jett would kill at Double Dash but we is Melbournians. Oops, and he isn't at drink drifting age yet.

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    I can tick all those boxes so I would love to come! Hopefully you don't need to use the wheel for the wii though, that thing costs more lives than it saves.

    Why should you pick me? Solid question. Off the top of my head all I can come up with is:

    A. I live my life one quarter mile at a time. Seriously, I change my name and personality every 0.402336 kilometres, that's how committed I am to racing.

    B. Getting accepted would trigger some kind of Rocky montage of epic proportions over the next fortnight-and-a-bit, including drinking raw eggs, climbing stairs, punching frozen meat and stopping to tell passing school children that while they play Mario Kart - I LIVE MARIO KART!

    Also I would probably play some Mario Kart to prepare.

    And I promise not to laugh at Serrels accent or challenge him to a show down in UNS:G

    (well, as much as humanly possible)

    This is the day after my English Extension exam and I am able to drink in the city of Sydney.

    Plus, if the final for MK7 is on Koopa City it would be an instant win.

    I am a HUGE Mario Kart fan! And Nintendo fan in general, and have been ever since I can remember! I would LOVE the opportunity to participate in this one off event. This is such a fantastic opportunity for Nintendo, and Mario Kart fans here in Sydney. =)

    So this isn't being held at the fancy Nintendo Experience in Melbourne? You know, the big official Nintendo place for Australia that's in the same place as Nintendo's Australian HQ?

    Judging will be on the 22nd of August? Errr...

    I'm seriously tempted to enter because I was a baller at Double Dash and also MK Wii...but if the finals are on the 3DS and I need to run through qualifying rounds on the SNES and N64 versions, which I haven't touched in a bajillion years, then I might have a problem.

    Mark, can you please clarify whether we HAVE to have qualifiers with consisting of every MK game, or can we actually CHOOSE which qualifier to attend? If I could actually choose to attend the MD: DD or MK: Wii qualifier for example, I'd have a much better chance at this.

      Correction: MK: DD, not MD:DD

        Well, in the event that I can attend and skip the SNES and N64 games, I'll throw my entry in.

        Over 18? Check.
        Able to make it? Shouldn't be a problem.
        At least passable at Mario Kart? I'd like to think so! I'd need to get back in the groove and do some training beforehand.

        Why should I get picked? Because I HATE blue shells! HATE HATE HATE blue shells! And you know why I HATE blue shells? It's because I'm so good at the game that I'm out in front of the pack so often that I constantly get smacked by blue shells. But you know what else? I persevere dammit and win anyway! Because I'm THAT

          Ack stupid form.

          Anyway to conclude I was going to say:

          Because I'm THAT good at the game that I can still win after being hit by countless blue shells. I still HATE them, but bring it on! You feeling lucky, punk?

            Sorry, I need to retract my entry. Looks like I can't make it :( Why did it need to be a Thursday night?

    – Over 18
    Check, as of last week
    – At least passable at Mario Kart!
    – Able to actually make it
    During HSC T_T

    Dear Kotaku,
    I wasn't sure why if dedicating my teenage life to obsessively playing Mario Kart 64 was going to amount to something, but now I know: to win that Leaf Cup trophy!

    I am over 18, able to attend the event and will proudly represent Kotaku!

    Im over 18.

    I play Mario Kart at work. I pretty much play it for a living. Been playing since super mario kart all the way to mario kart 7. I am Amazingly good at Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart DS. Unstoppable with Luigi.

    Im a Youth Worker. My job is flexible. Get at me! :)

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      Pick this guy!!! ^ ^ ^

      He's a youth worker, so just imagine how much respect the kids of today would give him for participating in the Mario Kart competition. They'd look up to him like a hero!!

      As a youth, I spend a lot of time with youth workers, and I know how much crap they have to deal with. Give him the break he needs, by letting him blow off some steam while he smokes every other racer on the track!!


    I'm 5 years over 18.
    I'm 4 hours drive from
    Sydney but for this I would have no problem making it there infact id be so pumped i could probably make it in 3 hours 50.
    And I'm at least 3 times better than everyone else. 64 specialist, pretty much unbeaten in an uncountable amount of races.
    Me and my man Toad will destroy any challenger, on any track.

    Sign me up (, Scotty)!
    Should be able to make it, and definitely over 18. Mario Kart is one of my favourite Nintendo series, and I probably have spent countless hours playing the various games in the series.
    Getting a triple-star rank in all the GPs in Mario Kart DS and 7 probably isn't a shabby thing to have under the belt either...

    I've always been pretty good at Mario Kart, and it's about he only racing game I actually enjoy. I have all versions of the game except for MK64, but I'm easily the best at MK Wii - I'm virtually unstoppable with Funky Kong on the Bowser Bike. I was pretty good at MKDD too, but I haven't played that one in a while. I often have games nights with friends, and while I'm pretty average at Halo, they always try to handicap me when the game is MK Wii or Super Smash Bros. In any case, I kinda kick arse at MK, so I would love to be part of the team.

    19 turning 20 soon

    I've played every mario kart over the course of my life, I wouldn't say i'm an expert, but I certainly pride myself on a vast knowledge of all things Nintendo, Mario Kart included. Playing 64 with friends back in the day was a weekly event, and that started right back up again with MKDS. MK7 is on track to be even better than DS, which is a huge hurdle to jump.

    I am able to make it up to sydney (currently in melbourne) for those dates and would love to compete. I would love to be able to represent, alongside many others, our city full of trams with some good old kart racing.

    Over 18
    Able to actually make it
    At least passable at Mario Kart!
    Check X 20

    Sunday night boys nIght on the big stage!!! Let's get our race on and school some bitches!!

    I should be chosen because I have been playing Mario Kart all my life.
    Played/owned every single game for numerous hours. (Yes even the SNES one)
    I also consider myself to be quite good at the game. Consistently placed high in online matches.
    I would love to be able to test my skills against my fellow Aussies and win that magnificent trophy.

    Recruit this guy, you won't regret it. I have many a fond memories of us playing Mario Kart DS, Wii and the most recent Mario Kart 7 in his garage until the early hours of the morn. Was/is fun times :)

    Also I can't think of a better poster boy for kotaku as he is super attractive.

      By "this guy" I mean 'Staf' your mobile site isn't so friendly towards replies. I mean what if you guys thought I was talking about Paul or Zai who for all I know could be absolutely terrible at Mario Kart and loose the competition forever tarnishing Kotakus name...

    I'm a former champ. Here's proof:

    I meet all the above criteria.

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