Research Predicts People Will Be Playing A Whole Lot More Mario Kart This Christmas

We can expect a lot of people to be staying indoors or in quarantine over the 2020 festive season. And you know what that means: a whole lot more video gaming!

According to recent research conducted by car performance brand Redex, people are planning to play a whole lot more video games like Mario Kart over Christmas this year, specifically because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Redex received feedback from 2,000 people across the UK via a survey which specifically focused on Nintendo’s hit series Mario Kart. Participants were asked about their fave Mario Kart characters and why, along with their most-loved items and race tracks. When asked to divulge on some of their current playing habits, participants reported that they foresee a bunch more gaming in the near future.

While any normal year would also generally come with a spike in game purchases and gaming around the season of gift-giving, this year is on a whole new level. Thanks to ongoing lockdowns, restrictions, and quarantine measures put in place all over the world, people are needing to make all kinds of changes to their upcoming festive season plans. That includes staying holed up and needing a steady source of electronic entertainment to keep from going mad.

Redex’s survey showed that 75% of players expect to be playing more games like Mario Kart over Christmas. Then there’s the fact that the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S are fresh on the scene. No doubt that thousands of players everywhere are busy scribbling the names of all the console-exclusive games they’re hungering after on their Christmas lists as we speak.

Interestingly, Mario Kart was also recently revealed as being one of the most stressful games around – obviously due to its competitive nature – in another study by BonusFinder. Perfect, just replace the intense stress you’re feeling around the current state of the world with another intense stress! Problem solved.

Source: Redex

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