Mario and Luigi are real and Japanese, not Italian.
Imagine driving down the road and seeing Mario and Luigi cruising past you. Now, you're probably going to be checking the rear-view mirror for turtle shells and spike bombs (not to mention cubes that would send your car into a dizzying 360 degree spin). Well, don't fret, because the real-life Japanese version of Mario and Luigi isn't nearly as sinister as their video game counterparts.
The guys at Cliccar, a Japanese site about automobiles, dressed up as the famous Nintendo brothers and took their X-Kart mini sports car and went for a ride down the streets of Tokyo. The X-Kart weighs a slim 209lbs and can hit a limited top speed of 35mph. The cars have been tuned to reach a slightly better pace of 50mph and are street legal. The cars do require a driver's license, but according to Japanese law, a helmet isn't mandatory. The X-Kart runs 379,800 Yen, which translates to a much more modest $4,900 in the U.S.
Check out the video below of the Japanese public falling in love with the famous brothers as they speed in and out of traffic in their real-life video game-inspired rides.