The ongoing battle between Nintendo and the map rental company Mari Mobility has finally come to an end with the petty bench of Japan’s Supreme Court maintenance the lower court’s ruling against the go-kart business and order the company to pay 50 million yen (US $ 483,091) in fines to the video game company.
Former, Mari Mobility, once called MariCar, let customers dress up Nintendo costumes and driving maps around the streets of Tokyo. The maps were popular with tourists and sometimes caused accidents, resulting in injuries to the driver and shops around the city, including a hit and run with a cyclist. Once Nintendo got wind of the company, they sued to stop MariCar from using IP is related to Nintendo. With Nintendo opens the Mario Kart tour at Universal Studio Japan, one can see how Mari Mobility may be a Mari liability to Nintendo.
All this came to a head then Nintendo defendant Mari Mobility in 2018, citing intellectual property theft and “unfair competition”, winning 10 million yen (US $ 96,618) from Mari Mobility. In a series of appeals from the map company, Mari Mobility has increased it to 50 million yen, and is now without more courts to appeal to, forcing the map company to pay out to Nintendo.
Nintendo The official Mario Kart tour opens at USJ in February, with its own AR track, where you can throw actual mussels at others on the tour – but unfortunately you can not drive past Tokyo Tower while doing so.
Daryl Harding is a correspondent in Japan for Crunchyroll News. He also runs a YouTube channel about Japanese things called TheDoctorDazza, tweets on @DoctorDazza, and posts photos of his travels on Instagram.