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Besides anything else, irregular record with smartphone games, Nintendo is continuing to add to its roster, revealing that its next effort will be a mobile Mario Kart.
Update: Mario Kart Tour is out in closed beta on Android, and we’ve updated this piece with what we know. In short: it looks to bring a faithful (though vertically-aligned) Mario Kart experience, though there seem to be a lot of in-game currencies and microtransactions you’ll have to deal with to get all your favorite characters.
1st announcement as in-development in February 2018, Mario Kart Tour is still something of a mystery as Nintendo didn’t proffer any details on its gameplay, pricing model, or even a firm release date.
But we’ve begun to see footage from the game’s closed beta, which launched in May, and it seems like the Mario Kart gameplay we know and love has been faithfully reproduced.
Following the defeat of Miitomo, Mario Kart Tour is a good sign that Nintendo is going to be investing in mobile adaptations of its more popular IPs, rather than trying anything more weird or new any time soon.
While we don’t know too much about the game thus far, this is everything we know, and we’ll keep updating this page as more details are revealed.
Cut to the chase
What is it? Mario Kart on mobile!
When can I play it? It’ll be released any time between April 2018 and March 2019
What can I play it on? Nothing confirmed but it’s likely to be iOS and Android
when can I run it?
Mario Kart Tour’s exact publish date is yet to be revealed, with Nintendo giving us a pretty wide window. We know the game will be coming, but we don’t know when. Fortunately, it has been released in closed beta on Android, which is promising. We’ll take this as a hopeful sign for a 2019 release.
We were right to be a tiny pessimistic, as the game went far past our expectation of an ‘early 2019’ release. Nintendo’s mobile titles have historically been subject to delays, and given the fact that Fire Emblem Heroes and Animal Crossing Pocket Camp are still undergoing updates, we’re not sure when the time is right to start another big IP title out.
how much will it take?
Going on Nintendo’s past mobile releases, we can’t be absolutely sure whether Mario Kart Tour will be a free-to-play title with microtransactions or a one-time purchase game with no paid extras. Now that the closed beta has come out, chock-full of microtransactions, and multiple in-game currencies, we’re pretty sure this is how the final game will be monetized.
A recent report from the Wall Street Journal has said that the game will be ‘free-to-start’. While this is a little unclear, Super Mario Run is also a free-to-start game which does give us some idea as to how the model could translate to Mario Kart Tour.
It’s still feasible that Mario Kart Tour will – like Super Mario Run – be released as a free trial which gives access to one or two tracks and a limited number of characters and cards.
After players have gone through this trial, they’ll then be able to purchase the full game for around $10/£10 and get access to all of the game’s features as well as free updates at later stages.
It’s possible that the game will be set up like Animal Crossing Pocket Camp, which is free to download but has certain content that can only be accessed for a fee.
Although this is a model that would too work for Mario Kart Tour; we could pretty easily see the game being free to download with certain tracks, characters, and cars requiring an additional purchase.
But it’s far further likely that Mario Kart Tour will go the route of previously-released free-to-play Nintendo titles like Fire Emblem Heroes that run on each-style pay-for-a-random-item/character via in-game currency, which can always be bought with IRL cash.
Its setup has performed well for Nintendo: two years after Fire Emblem Heroes launched, players have cost a combined $500 million on the game, per Sensor Tower. Hopefully, the monetization mechanisms in Mario Kart Tour won’t be too obnoxious – Nintendo did just tell its partners to rein in the microtransactions.
Mario Kart Tour, which platforms will it be available?
Though Nintendo hasn’t confirmed anything here just yet, we think it’s safe to assume that Mario Kart Tour will be released on both iOS and Android as other mobile titles have been.
Mario Kart Tour Unlocked Games 66 – how will it play?
Unluckily, Nintendo hasn’t published any official details on how Mario Kart Tour will actually play. But if the closed beta is anything to go by, the game looks to be a streamlined version of the console games. Take a look at this beta footage and explained:
Roles automatically drive ahead while you drag your finger on the screen left and right to turn. Some items (like invincibility stars) are automatically used if you pick them up, others are activated just by touching the screen.
It’s a lot like how Super Mario Run, Nintendo’s first mobile game, was simplified from its console versions.
There’s even room in this kind of control system for motion controls, whereby players turn their phones onto its side and turn the screen like they would a steering wheel, though we haven’t seen that gameplay implemented yet.
As in the advanced Mario Kart games, players choose a driver, kart, and glider, then they’re matched against seven other players online.
Maps are a combination of the whole series: the initial Toad Cup features courses from SNES, 3DS, and GameCube versions of Mario Kart. There is a purported list of maps collected in a ResetEra thread.
How the multiplayer element will come into the game has yet to be confirmed, too, though the beta information does suggest it will be an 8-person multiplayer connecting over the internet.
Nintendo’s mobile games normally need that the player is online but whether they’ll face off in live races or simply race around an AI populated track and try to establish themselves on a variety of leaderboards is currently unclear.
A big part of the fun in Mario Kart is the unpredictability of facing-off against real opponents, so we’d definitely like to see live races rather than a leaderboard system.
While details are limited merely now, you keep checking back because we’ll keep updating as we hear more about Mario Kart Tour!