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.
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. The following lists the features included in the beta version of the game. Several of the characters, karts, and gliders listed were not made available in the final game at launch.
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.
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.
None of the gliders' rarities changed from the beta to the final game.
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.
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), and one for all players from January 22, 2020, 11:00 p.m. (PT) to January 28, 2020, 9:59 p.m. (PT), 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.
After Red Koopa (Freerunning) was added in the London Tour, there was an additional texture set for the Green Koopa.
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.
Several text strings referencing objects of courses not in the game can be found in the files.
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.
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.
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.
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. Later non-Mario Kart 8/Mario Kart 8 Deluxe drivers added in the game lack losing voice clips at all.