Target to Give More Than 650 Stores a Mario Kart Makeover

Target and Nintendo have announced a new partnership that sees over 650 retail stores getting a make over to celebrate the launch of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

You'll be able to spot participating Targets without even entering, as the giant concrete balls outside of each store will be dressed up as the faces of Mario and Luigi.

That's not the only fun you'll be greeted with, as sensors at the entrance will treat you to some flashing starting lights and play the Mario theme.

Get the Luigi look with this Mario Kart 8 Deluxe T-shirt from Nintendo.

Target tells Consumerist it is not providing a specific list of which stores will be involved in the promotion, so you'll just have to drive your real vehicle around until you find a Target with Mario and Luigi outside. Children found the wide aisles of Target irresistible when the chain experimented with child-sized shopping carts, and they terrorized parents and strangers alike.

And if you're looking to ensure you land your own copy of Mario Kart 8, you can go to Target's website to preorder a copy. Some carts will be themed as Mario, Luigi, and Princess Peach racing go-karts.

Wardell said "Nintendo doesn't arguably need third party" in the interview, "You think about the Mario games, Zelda, I mean, there's plenty there". With plenty of multiplayer-focused Nintendo Switch games on the horizon, including Arms and Splatoon 2, we won't have to wait long to find out. They promise that they are working tirelessly with Nintendo to ensure a constant flow of new consoles into Target.

  • Joey Payne