List of Mario Kart Tour pre-release and unused content

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This is a list of pre-release and unused content for Mario Kart Tour.

Closed beta[edit]

A portion of the character select screen

On April 23, 2019, Nintendo opened applications for participating in a closed beta test of Mario Kart Tour to Android users in North America and Japan, which began on May 22, 2019 and ended on June 4, 2019.[1] The following lists the features included in the beta version of the game.[2] Several of the characters, karts, and gliders listed were not made available in the final game at launch.

General[edit]

  • Rubies were originally emeralds.
  • An element seen in other free-to-play games that was included in the closed beta was a stamina bar consisting of five hearts total. One heart would be consumed every time a player raced, and once the stamina was depleted, players would not be able to play until it recharged. Players would replenish hearts when they leveled up, if they waited out the timer, or if they purchased hearts with emeralds. This element was removed in the final game at launch, resulting for players to have infinite play.
  • Originally, there was no way to speed up the unlocking process for the cups restricted by timers.[3] In the final game, this can be done using quick tickets.
  • The classes "Common", "Rare", and "Super Rare" were renamed to "Normal", "Super", and "High-End", respectively.
  • The names of the four bonus challenges "Rocket Start!", "Race through the rings", "Don't crash", and "Beat Up Goombas" were changed to "Ready, Set, Rocket Start", "Ring Race", "Steer Clear of Obstacles", and "Goomba Takedown" respectively.
  • The Daily Selects Shop was only 6 items, not 9.
  • Players could receive Metal Mario, B-Dasher, and the Gold Glider in the final tour gift, which was the first spotlight pipe.
  • Combo bonuses were not implemented.
  • Higher tier karts originally increases speed, while higher tier gliders only increases item-luck.
  • The items on the character selection were Mushrooms. In the final game, they are Green Shells instead.
  • The maximum level for each driver, kart, and glider was 10, while in the final game, it was changed to 6.
  • Music and sound effects were different from the final game.
    • The menu had a different arrangement.[4]
    • The jingle when acquiring a Normal item or Grand Stars was different.
    • The countdown sound effect was taken from Mario Kart DS up to Mario Kart 7. In the final game, the sound effect is instead taken from Mario Kart 8.
  • Whenever it is the last lap, the text says, "FINAL LAP!" In the final version, it says 2/2 (or 3/3 for 3DS Rainbow Road).
  • The rear view button was placed in the top right corner, below the options button.
  • In the Coin Rush menu, the description read, "Speed through a course containing over 400 Coins! Gold Mario can really rake them in." In the final version, it reads, "Over 300 coins are waiting for you on this course! Gold Mario will draw them in as he gets near."
  • Completing a bonus challenge initially rewards 3 Grand Stars immediately, and reaching a certain requirements grants bonus coins.
  • Tour gifts are immediately claimed when it reaches the amount of Grand Stars required.
  • In the beta, each challenge from the Tour Challenges set gives out three to five Grand Stars when completed. In the final, each challenge from the Tour Challenges set only gives out one or two Grand Stars when completed.

Drivers[edit]

Most of the drivers retain their special items in the final game; however, Baby Peach, Baby Daisy, Baby Rosalina, and Lemmy's special items are replaced by the Bubble, Morton's special item is replaced by the Giant Banana, Larry's special item is replaced by the Boomerang Flower, King Boo's special item is replaced by the Lucky 7, and Ludwig's and Rosalina's special item are replaced by the Dash Ring. Additionally, in the beta, both Rosalina and King Boo were classified as High-End drivers, whereas in the final version, they are classified as Super drivers instead. The Triple Bananas, which were Larry and Lemmy's special item, went unused until the London Tour, where they were properly introduced as Waluigi (Bus Driver)'s special item. Also, Daisy's artwork used in the beta is taken directly from Mario Kart 7, in the final, she uses a new artwork that resembles her artwork from that game, but with darker hair and a different shade.

Common[edit]

Rare[edit]

Super Rare[edit]

Karts[edit]

Most of the karts retain their rarities in the final; however, in the beta, the Soda Jet, Super Blooper, and Bolt Buggy were all classified as Normal karts, and the Blue Seven was classified as a High-End kart, whereas in the final, they are all classified as Super karts. The Koopa Dasher had a sprite used in the beta with Pipe Frame tires equipped instead of the tires the Turbo Yoshi had. In the beta, the Gold Standard was a selectable kart to race with, whereas in the final, it is only used when playing the Coin Rush mode.

Common[edit]

Rare[edit]

Super Rare[edit]

Gliders[edit]

None of the gliders' rarities changed from the beta to the final game.

Common[edit]

Rare[edit]

Super Rare[edit]

Cups[edit]

Beta Test's splash screen

The beta only featured one tour, named Beta Test (Beta Test Tour in the news section). There were no T variant or R/T variant courses featured in the beta and only four of the thirteen courses in the beta had R variants.

Coin Rush mode course
SNES Rainbow Road
MKT Icon Toad Cup.png
Toad Cup
MKT Beta ChocoIsland2SNES.png
SNES Choco Island 2
MKT Icon ToadCircuit3DS.png
3DS Toad Circuit
MKT Icon DinoDinoJungleGCN.png
GCN Dino Dino Jungle
MKT Icon ToadCupChallenge.png
Rocket Start!
"Pull off a Rocket Start!"
Toad, 3DS Mario Circuit[5]
MKT Icon Mario Cup.png
Mario Cup
MKT Icon MarioCircuit1SNES.png
SNES Mario Circuit 1
MKT Beta KalimariDesertN64.png
N64 Kalimari Desert
MKT Beta MarioCircuit3DS.png
3DS Mario Circuit
MKT Icon MarioCupChallenge.png
Race through the rings
"Clear 10 rings."
Mario, 3DS Toad Circuit[2]
MKT Icon Luigi Cup.png
Luigi Cup
MKT Icon LuigisMansionDS.png
DS Luigi's Mansion
MKT Icon MarioCircuit1SNES.png
SNES Mario Circuit 1
MKT Icon ToadCircuit3DS.png
3DS Toad Circuit
MKT Icon LuigiCupChallenge.png
Do Jump Boosts
"Do 15 Jump Boosts."
Luigi, SNES Choco Island 2[2]
MKT Icon Koopa Troopa Cup.png
Koopa Troopa Cup
Ranked cup (week 1)
MKT Icon KoopaTroopaBeachN64.png
N64 Koopa Troopa Beach
MKT Icon DinoDinoJungleGCN.png
GCN Dino Dino Jungle
MKT Beta ChocoIsland2SNES.png
SNES Choco Island 2
MKT Icon KoopaTroopaCupChallenge.png
Don't crash
"Try not to crash."
Koopa Troopa, DS Luigi's Mansion[2]
MKT Icon Peach Cup.png
Peach Cup
MKT Icon DaisyHills3DS Beta.png
3DS Daisy Hills
MKT Beta MarioCircuit3DS.png
3DS Mario Circuit
MKT Beta KalimariDesertN64.png
N64 Kalimari Desert
MKT Icon PeachCupChallenge.png
Glider Challenge
"Glide at least 400."
Peach, 3DS Daisy Hills[2]
MKT Icon Shy Guy Cup.png
Shy Guy Cup
MKT Icon ShyGuyBazaar3DS.png
3DS Shy Guy Bazaar
MKT Beta ChocoIsland2SNES.png
SNES Choco Island 2
MKT Icon LuigisMansionDS.png
DS Luigi's Mansion
MKT Icon ShyGuyCupChallenge.png
Race through the rings
"Clear 30 rings."
Shy Guy, 3DS Shy Guy Bazaar[6]
MKT Icon Toadette Cup.png
Toadette Cup
MKT Icon ToadCircuitR3DS Beta.png
3DS Toad Circuit R
MKT Icon DaisyHills3DS Beta.png
3DS Daisy Hills
MKT Icon MarioCircuit1SNES.png
SNES Mario Circuit 1
MKT Icon ToadetteCupChallenge.png
Do Jump Boosts
"Do 10 Jump Boosts."
Toadette, N64 Koopa Troopa Beach[7]
MKT Icon Bowser Cup.png
Bowser Cup
MKT Icon BowsersCastle1GBA.png
GBA Bowser Castle 1
MKT Beta KalimariDesertN64.png
N64 Kalimari Desert
MKT Icon KoopaTroopaBeachN64.png
N64 Koopa Troopa Beach
MKT Icon BowserCupChallenge.png
vs. Mega Bowser
"Aim for 1st place!"
Any character, GBA Bowser Castle 1[8]
MKT Icon Rosalina Cup.png
Rosalina Cup
Ranked cup (week 2)
MKT Icon RainbowRoadSNES.png
SNES Rainbow Road
MKT Icon LuigisMansionDS.png
DS Luigi's Mansion
MKT Icon ShyGuyBazaar3DS.png
3DS Shy Guy Bazaar
MKT Icon RosalinaCupChallenge.png
Break Item Boxes
"Hit 15 Item Boxes."
Rosalina, SNES Rainbow Road[9]
MKT Icon Donkey Kong Cup.png
Donkey Kong Cup
MKT Icon KalimariDesertRN64.png
N64 Kalimari Desert R
MKT Beta MarioCircuit3DS.png
3DS Mario Circuit
MKT Icon DinoDinoJungleGCN.png
GCN Dino Dino Jungle
MKT Icon DonkeyKongCupChallenge.png
Smash Small Dry Bones
"Smash 5 opponents."
Donkey Kong, N64 Kalimari Desert[10]
MKT Icon Yoshi Cup.png
Yoshi Cup
MKT Icon RockRockMountain3DS.png
3DS Rock Rock Mountain
MKT Icon KoopaTroopaBeachN64.png
N64 Koopa Troopa Beach
MKT Icon ToadCircuitR3DS Beta.png
3DS Toad Circuit R
MKT Icon YoshiCupChallenge.png
Beat Up Goombas
"Hit 30 Goombas."
Yoshi, GCN Dino Dino Jungle[11]
MKT Icon King Boo Cup.png
King Boo Cup
MKT Icon LuigisMansionRDS.png
DS Luigi's Mansion R
MKT Icon BowsersCastle1GBA.png
GBA Bowser Castle 1
MKT Icon KalimariDesertRN64.png
N64 Kalimari Desert R
MKT Icon KingBooCupChallenge.png
vs. Mega King Boo
"Aim for 1st place!"
Any character, DS Luigi's Mansion[12]
MKT Icon Daisy Cup.png
Daisy Cup
MKT Icon DaisyHills3DS Beta.png
3DS Daisy Hills
MKT Icon RainbowRoadSNES.png
SNES Rainbow Road
MKT Icon RockRockMountain3DS.png
3DS Rock Rock Mountain
MKT Icon DaisyCupChallenge.png
Do Jump Boosts
"Do 15 Jump Boosts."
Daisy, 3DS Mario Circuit[13]
MKT Icon Wario Cup.png
Wario Cup
MKT Icon ShyGuyBazaar3DS.png
3DS Shy Guy Bazaar
MKT Icon KalimariDesertRN64.png
N64 Kalimari Desert R
MKT Icon LuigisMansionRDS.png
DS Luigi's Mansion R
MKT Icon WarioCupChallenge.png
Don't crash
"Try not to crash!"
Wario, GBA Bowser Castle 1[14]
MKT Icon Metal Mario Cup.png
Metal Mario Cup
MKT Icon RockRockMountain3DS.png
3DS Rock Rock Mountain
MKT Icon RainbowRoadSNES.png
SNES Rainbow Road
MKT Icon ToadCircuitR3DS Beta.png
3DS Toad Circuit R
MKT Icon MetalMarioCupChallenge.png
Race through the rings
"Clear 30 rings."
Metal Mario, 3DS Rock Rock Mountain[15]
MKT Icon Dry Bowser Cup.png
Dry Bowser Cup
MKT Icon LuigisMansionRDS.png
DS Luigi's Mansion R
MKT Icon BowsersCastle1GBA.png
GBA Bowser Castle 1
MKT Icon RainbowRoadRSNES.png
SNES Rainbow Road R
MKT Icon DryBowserCupChallenge.png
vs. Mega Dry Bowser
"Aim for 1st place!"
Any character, N64 Kalimari Desert[16]

Spotlights[edit]

Week 1 Week 2
Driver Kart Glider Driver Kart Glider
Metal Mario Artwork - Mario Kart 7.png MKT Icon BDasher.png MKT Icon SuperGliderGold.png Rosalina-MPTop100-Transparent.png MKT Icon BumbleV.png MKT Icon CloudGlider.png
Metal Mario B Dasher Gold Glider Rosalina Bumble V Cloud Glider
Names in other languages
Language Name Meaning
Japanese β テスト
β Tesuto
β Test

Multiplayer betas[edit]

Nintendo held two multiplayer beta tests: one exclusive to Gold Pass members from December 18, 2019, 11:00 p.m. (PT) to December 26, 2019, 9:59 p.m. (PT),[17] and one for all players from January 22, 2020, 11:00 p.m. (PT) to January 28, 2020, 9:59 p.m. (PT),[18] the latter of which allowed players to play with each other in their immediate vicinity based on their device's location data. The player could either join a random lobby or create their own to play with friends. The cup played rotated every 30 minutes instead of 15.

The music playing in the multiplayer's menu was the same music as the game's menu in the two betas. The icon was also different, being a globe instead of Toads.

Unused content[edit]

Drivers[edit]

After Red Koopa (Freerunning) was added in the London Tour, there was an additional texture set for the Green Koopa.

Karts[edit]

Some karts have specific files for their positions on certain karts. Most of these karts are in the game, but there are references to several unused karts, including the Mario Kart 8 appearance of the Blue Falcon (BFalcon8) and the Cat Cruiser (CatC). Several models can be found in the game's files, including a light-blue Comet Tail with a yellow stripe in the middle.

Courses[edit]

Several text strings referencing objects of courses not in the game can be found in the files.[19]

Items[edit]

Despite Gold Mario being playable only in Coin Rush, he has an unused special skill item known as "Coin Vacuum" with the description "Vacuum up nearby coins while racing on favorite courses." When hacking Gold Mario to be playable in the normal game, the item can only be used on favorite courses and will act similar to when attracting coins in Coin Rush but with a smaller radius. The frenzy for the item is also similar to a coin frenzy but with the coins being attracted. The item's icon is also missing from the item roulette and it uses the coin icon during a frenzy.[20][21]

Sprites[edit]

When the Para-Wing was added in the London Tour, a sprite was added in the files which appears to be identical to the kart, except it had the Pipe Frame's tires on it, which were also used by the Koopa Dasher. Starting with the Super Mario Kart Tour, sprites of every colored variation of the Pipe Frame with the Gold Blooper's tires equipped can be found in the files.[22]

Icons[edit]

Some unused icons known as BoostItem, ItemExchange, PartsScoreUp and PartsSkillUp can be found in the game's files. The BoostItem icons also have icons of them on a ticket.

Sounds[edit]

Several unused voice clips when a driver finishes 5th or below indicating that drivers were originally going to have voice clips for losing. Some drivers from Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe retain their losing voice clips, while Peachette and Pauline had new recordings of their losing voice clips.[23] Later non-Mario Kart 8/Mario Kart 8 Deluxe drivers added in the game lack losing voice clips at all.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Romano, Sal (April 24, 2019). Mario Kart Tour Android closed beta test set for May 22 to June 4. Gematsu. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
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  4. ^ Sarah Mii. (September 27, 2020) (Beta Version) Lobby Music || Mario Kart Tour | Music Soundtrack YouTube. Retrieved October 8, 2020.
  5. ^ Ziphonix (May 22, 2019). 15 Minutes of Mario Kart Tour Gameplay! YouTube. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  6. ^ Phoenix King Gaming (May 23, 2019). Mario Kart Tour Android Closed Beta Races Episode 5 YouTube. Retrieved May 31, 2019.
  7. ^ Phoenix King Gaming (May 23, 2019). Mario Kart Tour Android Closed Beta Races Episode 6 YouTube. Retrieved May 31, 2019.
  8. ^ Phoenix King Gaming (May 24, 2019). Mario Kart Tour Android Closed Beta Races Episode 7 YouTube. Retrieved May 31, 2019.
  9. ^ Phoenix King Gaming (May 24, 2019). Mario Kart Tour Android Closed Beta Rainbow Road Episode 8 YouTube. Retrieved May 31, 2019.
  10. ^ Phoenix King Gaming (May 24, 2019). Mario Kart Tour Android Closed Beta Races Episode 9 YouTube. Retrieved May 31, 2019.
  11. ^ Phoenix King Gaming (May 24, 2019). Mario Kart Tour Android Closed Beta Rock Rock Mountain Episode 10 YouTube. Retrieved May 31, 2019.
  12. ^ Phoenix King Gaming (May 24, 2019). Mario Kart Tour Android Closed Beta Races Episode 11 YouTube. Retrieved May 31, 2019.
  13. ^ Phoenix King Gaming (May 28, 2019). Mario Kart Tour Android Closed Beta Races Episode 12 Daisy Cup YouTube. Retrieved May 31, 2019.
  14. ^ Phoenix King Gaming (May 30, 2019). Mario Kart Tour Android Closed Beta Episode 13 Wario Cup YouTube. Retrieved May 31, 2019.
  15. ^ Phoenix King Gaming (May 30, 2019). Mario Kart Tour Android Closed Beta Races Episode 14 Metal Mario Cup YouTube. Retrieved May 31, 2019.
  16. ^ Phoenix King Gaming (May 30, 2019). Mario Kart Tour Android Closed Beta Dry Bowser Cup + Final Boss YouTube. Retrieved May 31, 2019.
  17. ^ Real-Time Multiplayer Beta Test - Mario Kart Tour. Nintendo. Retrieved March 2, 2020.
  18. ^ Multiplayer Test - Mario Kart Tour. Nintendo. Retrieved March 2, 2020.
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  20. ^ Tweet by Mario Kart Tour News
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  23. ^ [1]