No blue shells for this victory lap.
Someone was caught playing Mario Kart on Kauffman Stadium’s CrownVision display, but it turns out, the way this came to pass was quite admirable.
The footage was captured by Kansas City KCTV5’s helicopter while en route to a different assignment, but the crew noticed the game being played on this particularly massive screen used by the Kansas City Royals in the process. Tom Martin of KCTV5 tweeted the footage, causing it to go viral.
we sent our helicopter out to get aerials of Arrowhead Stadium and on its way there it noticed a game of Mario Kart had broken out on the Crown Vision board at Kauffman Stadium?? pic.twitter.com/rOy0icieVi
— Tom Martin (@TomKCTV5) January 8, 2019
Though the screen is definitely not in the ideal 16:9 aspect ratio that HD games are typically displayed, the screen is still massive. The footage captured what appears to have been a victory lap sequence following a race on the Mario Kart Stadium track in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
While many wondered how anyone managed to hook up a console to the CrownVision display and start playing, it turns out it was for a noble cause: the Royals Charities associated with the team auctions off the opportunity to use the display as part of a regular charitable fundraiser. In fact, it appears a tournament was being held and the proceeds of the fundraiser went to help children and military families in some capacity.
In other video game charity news, read about how Devolver Digital revealed a new SNES game with profits going to charity, how Overwatch raised $12.7 million for breast cancer research thanks to a Pink Mercy skin, and how PUBG raised nearly a quarter of a million dollars for a children’s charity.
Colin Stevens is a news writer for IGN, and he’s happy that everything in this story had a positive turn. Follow him on Twitter.