Mario Kart Live Mario And Luigi Facing ForwardSource: Rebecca Spear / iMore

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit is a fun new AR racing game that allows you to compete with Bowser Jr. and the other Koopalings. If you happen to have multiple karts and multiple Nintendo Switch consoles handy, you can also host a race with other players. Afterall, racing is more fun when you've got real people to compete against.

Having issues starting a multiplayer race? I'm here to help. Here's everything you need to know about Mario Kart Live multiplayer as well as how to set up a multiplayer Mario Kart Live race.

How many people can play at once?

Mario Kart Live supports up to four players. Each person will need their own kart and their own Nintendo Switch or Nintendo Switch Lite in order for multiplayer to be an option.

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Does Mario Kart Live have online multiplayer?

No, Mario Kart Live is strictly a local offline experience. There are no leaderboards and there is no way to play with others online.

Why can't I record Mario Kart Live videos?

Mario Kart Live Mario CameraSource: Rebecca Spear / iMore

In an effort to protect your privacy, Mario Kart Live does not allow you to take pictures or videos. Say for example your kid was driving the kart around and drove it into a room where someone was changing. Knowing that live camera feed can't be shared online is a relief.

Now, if you really want to take screenshots and videos, you're going to have to use a capture card with Mario Kart Live.

How to host a Mario Kart Live multiplayer race

  1. Select Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit from the Nintendo Switch's main menu.
  2. If your kart isn't paired, you'll need to do that now. Press the Ignition Button on the kart.

    Mario Kart Live Home MenuMario Kart Live Ignition ButtonSource: iMore and Rebecca Spear / iMore

  3. Scan the QR code that appears on your screen using the kart's camera. Turn up the brightness on your screen to make this easier.
  4. Select the kart skin, outfit, and horn you want to use while racing.

    Mario Kart Live Scan Qr CodeMario Kart Live Home Outfit SelectionSource: Rebecca Spear / iMore and iMore

  5. Press A to finalize your selection.
  6. Select Multiplayer.

    Mario Kart Live Mario Press AMario Kart Live Home MultiplayerSource: iMore

  7. Select Host Game. Now it's time to turn over to the other players.

    Mario Kart Live Home Host GameSource: iMore

How to join a multiplayer race

  1. Select Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit from the Nintendo Switch's main menu.
  2. If your kart isn't paired, you'll need to do that now. Press the Ignition Button on the kart.

    Mario Kart Live Home MenuMario Kart Live Luigi Ignition ButtonSource: iMore and Rebecca Spear / iMore

  3. Scan the QR code that appears on your screen using the kart's camera. Turn up the brightness on your screen to make this easier.
  4. Select the kart skin, outfit, and horn you want to use while racing.

    Mario Kart Live Scan Qr CodeMario Kart Live Home Player2 Outfit SelectionSource: Rebecca Spear / iMore and iMore

  5. Press A to finalize your selection.
  6. Select Multiplayer.

    Mario Kart Live Luigi Press AMario Kart Live Player2 MultiplayerSource: iMore

  7. The name of your friend should appear on the screen. Select the host's game.

    Mario Kart Live Join GameSource: iMore

How to start a multiplayer race

Now that everyone is grouped into a racing session, it's time to set up the track!

  1. Set up the cardboard gates and race track boundaries the way you want. You need ample room for your karts to turn around. It's also a good idea to put something heavy like books on either side of the gates to weigh them down. That way they won't move if someone crashes into them.
  2. Place the host's kart in front of Gate 1.

    Mario Kart Live CardboardMario Kart Live GateSource: Rebecca Spear / iMore

  3. While on the glowing circle on the ground, the host needs to Press X to set up the race.
  4. Select the type of race you want to do. If you want to play one of the tracks that already has themed AR elements assigned to it, select Grand Prix. If you want to set up your own AR elements, select Custom Race.

    Mario Kart Live Player1 Set Up RaceMario Kart Live Grand PrixSource: Rebecca Spear / iMore

  5. Choose your kart speed. The higher the number, the faster your karts will go. We suggest beginners start with 50cc.
  6. Choose which Cup you want to race in.

    Mario Kart Live Cc ClassMario Kart Live Select CupSource: Rebecca Spear / iMore

  7. Now it's time for the host player to paint the track. Select Create Course
  8. The host now needs to select I'm Ready.

    Mario Kart Live Create CourseMario Kart Live Host Im ReadySource: Rebecca Spear / iMore

  9. Now the host needs to drive through the gates in order from 1 to 4 and then head back to Gate 1.
  10. If you're satisfied with your outline of the track select Done. If you want to redraw the track, select Try Again.

    Mario Kart Live Paint TrackMario Kart Live DoneSource: Rebecca Spear / iMore

  11. Four virtual starting points will show up on screen. Every player needs to get their kart into one of these circles.
  12. Each player need to press X to indicate that they are ready to race. Players who are ready to go will have a green checkmark by their name.

    Mario Kart Live Get Into PositionMario Kart Live Press X ReadySource: Rebecca Spear / iMore

  13. Now you're ready to race!

    Mario Kart Live Mario And Luigi With GateSource: Rebecca Spear / iMore

Now you're on your way to racing against other players. Have fun tearing up the track with your buddies!

Mario Kart Live multiplayer

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit brings AR to the traditional racing game. While it's possible to play while taking turns with one kart there's a lot of fun to be had if you have multiple karts to race.

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