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, with players instead being able to play indefinitely.
  • 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 had only six items, as opposed to nine.
  • Players could receive Metal Mario, the 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 increased speed, while higher tier gliders only increased 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 decreased to 7.
  • Music and sound effects were different from the final game.
    • The menu music had a different arrangement.[4]
    • The jingle when acquiring a Normal item or a Grand Star was different. In the final game, that said jingle is used in the ranked cup results when the player places 4th or lower.
    • The countdown sound effect was taken from Mario Kart DS (this was also the sound effect used in Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart 7). In the final game, the sound effect is instead taken from Mario Kart 8.
  • The text signifying the last lap originally read "FINAL LAP!"; in the final version, it instead reads "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 instead 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 originally rewarded three Grand Stars immediately, and reaching certain requirements granted 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 gave out three to five Grand Stars when completed. In the final version, 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 items 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. Additionally, Daisy's artwork used in the beta is taken directly from Mario Kart 7, whereas in the final version, she uses new artwork that resembles her artwork from said game, but with darker hair and different shading.

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]

Tour[edit]

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.

The splash screen of the Beta Test from Mario Kart Tour Duration: May 22, 2019 – June 4, 2019
Coin Rush course
SNES Rainbow Road
Spotlights
Week 1 Week 2
Driver Kart Glider Driver Kart Glider
Artwork of Metal Mario from Mario Kart 7 B Dasher from Mario Kart Tour Gold Glider from Mario Kart Tour Artwork of Rosalina used in Mario Party: The Top 100, Mario Kart Tour and Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Bumble V from Mario Kart Tour Cloud Glider from Mario Kart Tour
Metal Mario B Dasher Gold Glider Rosalina Bumble V Cloud Glider
Ranked cup
The icon of the Koopa Troopa Cup from Mario Kart Tour.
Ranked cup
The icon of the Rosalina Cup from Mario Kart Tour.

Cups[edit]

The icon of the Toad Cup from Mario Kart Tour.
Toad Cup
SNES Choco Island 2 from Mario Kart Tour.
SNES Choco Island 2
3DS Toad Circuit from Mario Kart Tour.
3DS Toad Circuit
GCN Dino Dino Jungle from Mario Kart Tour.
GCN Dino Dino Jungle
The icon of the Toad Cup's challenge from Mario Kart Tour.
Rocket Start!
"Pull off a Rocket Start!"
Toad, 3DS Mario Circuit[5]
The icon of the Mario Cup from Mario Kart Tour.
Mario Cup
SNES Mario Circuit 1 from Mario Kart Tour.
SNES Mario Circuit 1
N64 Kalimari Desert from Mario Kart Tour.
N64 Kalimari Desert
3DS Mario Circuit from Mario Kart Tour.
3DS Mario Circuit
The icon of the Mario Cup's challenge from Mario Kart Tour.
Race through the rings
"Clear 10 rings."
Mario, 3DS Toad Circuit[2]
The icon of the Luigi Cup from Mario Kart Tour.
Luigi Cup
DS Luigi's Mansion from Mario Kart Tour.
DS Luigi's Mansion
SNES Mario Circuit 1 from Mario Kart Tour.
SNES Mario Circuit 1
3DS Toad Circuit from Mario Kart Tour.
3DS Toad Circuit
The icon of the Luigi Cup's challenge from Mario Kart Tour.
Do Jump Boosts
"Do 15 Jump Boosts."
Luigi, SNES Choco Island 2[2]
The icon of the Koopa Troopa Cup from Mario Kart Tour.
Koopa Troopa Cup
Ranked cup (week 1)
N64 Koopa Troopa Beach from Mario Kart Tour.
N64 Koopa Troopa Beach
GCN Dino Dino Jungle from Mario Kart Tour.
GCN Dino Dino Jungle
SNES Choco Island 2 from Mario Kart Tour.
SNES Choco Island 2
The icon of the Koopa Troopa Cup's challenge from Mario Kart Tour.
Don't crash
"Try not to crash."
Koopa Troopa, DS Luigi's Mansion[2]
The icon of the Peach Cup from Mario Kart Tour.
Peach Cup
3DS Daisy Hills from Mario Kart Tour (beta icon)
3DS Daisy Hills
3DS Mario Circuit from Mario Kart Tour.
3DS Mario Circuit
N64 Kalimari Desert from Mario Kart Tour.
N64 Kalimari Desert
The icon of the Peach Cup's challenge from Mario Kart Tour.
Glider Challenge
"Glide at least 400."
Peach, 3DS Daisy Hills[2]
The icon of the Shy Guy Cup from Mario Kart Tour.
Shy Guy Cup
3DS Shy Guy Bazaar from Mario Kart Tour.
3DS Shy Guy Bazaar
SNES Choco Island 2 from Mario Kart Tour.
SNES Choco Island 2
DS Luigi's Mansion from Mario Kart Tour.
DS Luigi's Mansion
The icon of the Shy Guy Cup's challenge from Mario Kart Tour.
Race through the rings
"Clear 30 rings."
Shy Guy, 3DS Shy Guy Bazaar[6]
The icon of the Toadette Cup from Mario Kart Tour.
Toadette Cup
3DS Toad Circuit R from Mario Kart Tour.
3DS Toad Circuit R
3DS Daisy Hills from Mario Kart Tour (beta icon)
3DS Daisy Hills
SNES Mario Circuit 1 from Mario Kart Tour.
SNES Mario Circuit 1
The icon of the Toadette Cup's challenge from Mario Kart Tour.
Do Jump Boosts
"Do 10 Jump Boosts."
Toadette, N64 Koopa Troopa Beach[7]
The icon of the Bowser Cup from Mario Kart Tour.
Bowser Cup
GBA Bowser Castle 1 from Mario Kart Tour.
GBA Bowser Castle 1
N64 Kalimari Desert from Mario Kart Tour.
N64 Kalimari Desert
N64 Koopa Troopa Beach from Mario Kart Tour.
N64 Koopa Troopa Beach
The icon of the Bowser Cup's challenge from Mario Kart Tour.
vs. Mega Bowser
"Aim for 1st place!"
Any character, GBA Bowser Castle 1[8]
The icon of the Rosalina Cup from Mario Kart Tour.
Rosalina Cup
Ranked cup (week 2)
SNES Rainbow Road from Mario Kart Tour.
SNES Rainbow Road
DS Luigi's Mansion from Mario Kart Tour.
DS Luigi's Mansion
3DS Shy Guy Bazaar from Mario Kart Tour.
3DS Shy Guy Bazaar
The icon of the Rosalina Cup's challenge from Mario Kart Tour
Break Item Boxes
"Hit 15 Item Boxes."
Rosalina, SNES Rainbow Road[9]
The icon of the Donkey Kong Cup from Mario Kart Tour.
Donkey Kong Cup
N64 Kalimari Desert R from Mario Kart Tour.
N64 Kalimari Desert R
3DS Mario Circuit from Mario Kart Tour.
3DS Mario Circuit
GCN Dino Dino Jungle from Mario Kart Tour.
GCN Dino Dino Jungle
The icon of the Donkey Kong Cup's challenge from Mario Kart Tour.
Smash Small Dry Bones
"Smash 5 opponents."
Donkey Kong, N64 Kalimari Desert[10]
The icon of the Yoshi Cup from Mario Kart Tour.
Yoshi Cup
3DS Rock Rock Mountain from Mario Kart Tour.
3DS Rock Rock Mountain
N64 Koopa Troopa Beach from Mario Kart Tour.
N64 Koopa Troopa Beach
3DS Toad Circuit R from Mario Kart Tour.
3DS Toad Circuit R
The icon of the Yoshi Cup's challenge from Mario Kart Tour.
Beat Up Goombas
"Hit 30 Goombas."
Yoshi, GCN Dino Dino Jungle[11]
The icon of the King Boo Cup from Mario Kart Tour.
King Boo Cup
DS Luigi's Mansion R from Mario Kart Tour.
DS Luigi's Mansion R
GBA Bowser Castle 1 from Mario Kart Tour.
GBA Bowser Castle 1
N64 Kalimari Desert R from Mario Kart Tour.
N64 Kalimari Desert R
The icon of the King Boo Cup's challenge from Mario Kart Tour.
vs. Mega King Boo
"Aim for 1st place!"
Any character, DS Luigi's Mansion[12]
The icon of the Daisy Cup from Mario Kart Tour.
Daisy Cup
3DS Daisy Hills from Mario Kart Tour (beta icon)
3DS Daisy Hills
SNES Rainbow Road from Mario Kart Tour.
SNES Rainbow Road
3DS Rock Rock Mountain from Mario Kart Tour.
3DS Rock Rock Mountain
The icon of the Daisy Cup's challenge from Mario Kart Tour.
Do Jump Boosts
"Do 15 Jump Boosts."
Daisy, 3DS Mario Circuit[13]
The icon of the Wario Cup from Mario Kart Tour.
Wario Cup
3DS Shy Guy Bazaar from Mario Kart Tour.
3DS Shy Guy Bazaar
N64 Kalimari Desert R from Mario Kart Tour.
N64 Kalimari Desert R
DS Luigi's Mansion R from Mario Kart Tour.
DS Luigi's Mansion R
The icon of the Wario Cup's challenge from Mario Kart Tour.
Don't crash
"Try not to crash!"
Wario, GBA Bowser Castle 1[14]
The icon of the Metal Mario Cup from Mario Kart Tour.
Metal Mario Cup
3DS Rock Rock Mountain from Mario Kart Tour.
3DS Rock Rock Mountain
SNES Rainbow Road from Mario Kart Tour.
SNES Rainbow Road
3DS Toad Circuit R from Mario Kart Tour.
3DS Toad Circuit R
The icon of the Metal Mario Cup's challenge from Mario Kart Tour.
Race through the rings
"Clear 30 rings."
Metal Mario, 3DS Rock Rock Mountain[15]
The icon of the Dry Bowser Cup from Mario Kart Tour.
Dry Bowser Cup
DS Luigi's Mansion R from Mario Kart Tour.
DS Luigi's Mansion R
GBA Bowser Castle 1 from Mario Kart Tour.
GBA Bowser Castle 1
SNES Rainbow Road R from Mario Kart Tour.
SNES Rainbow Road R
The icon of the Dry Bowser Cup's challenge from Mario Kart Tour.
vs. Mega Dry Bowser
"Aim for 1st place!"
Any character, N64 Kalimari Desert[16]
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). 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]

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  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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