This Go-Kart Track Looks Like It's Straight Out of a Mario Kart LevelBy: Garrett Payne
Ever wondered what Mario Kart might look like in real life?
Well, thanks to Branson Tracks in Branson, Missouri you can finally sorta find out.
The 14-track Go-Kart megaplex features all kinds of Mario Kart-inspired track-age, highlighted by the Heavy Metal Highrise, which, at four stories tall and over 1200 feet long, looks pretty legitimately like something out of the mind of Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto.
The track -- which features a four-story spiral -- is made up of 200 tons of steel and more than 700 cubic yards of concrete that's been smoothed for slicker turns and top speeds when you hit three tiered downward slopes at the bottom of the track.
In addition to Heavy Metal Highrise, there's also the Wild Woody track -- which looks a lot like the Heavy Metal save one major difference: It's made entirely of wood -- and a sprint track that you need a actual driver's license to take on.
Unlike Mario Kart, you can take on the tracks as a single rider (for 10 credits) OR a double rider (for 12 credits). Also unlike Mario Kart, you can reach speeds of up to 40 mph.
The tracks are usually open from 10 AM to 8 PM, depending on crowd level and weather.