Mario Kart Tour

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Not to be confused with Super Mario Kart Tour or Mario Tour.
Mario Kart Tour
Mario Kart Tour Logo.png
Developer Nintendo[1][2]
Bandai Namco Studios[3]
DeNA[4]
Publisher Nintendo
Platforms iOS, Android
Release date September 25, 2019
Genre Racing
Rating(s) iOS:
4+ - Four years and older
Android:
ESRB:ESRB E.svg - Everyone
PEGI:PEGI 3.svg - Three years and older
ACB:ACB G.svg - General
USK:USK 0.svg - All ages
DEJUS:DEJUS L.png - General audience
GRAC:GRAC All.svg - All ages
IARC:IARC 3+.svg - Three years and older
Media
Mobile phone:
Media DL icon.svg Digital download
Input Touch controls

Mario Kart Tour is a mobile game in the Mario Kart series. It is the ninth main installment in the Mario Kart series,[5] the fourteenth installment overall, and the third Mario mobile game overall, following Super Mario Run and Dr. Mario World. Like Super Mario Run, it is free-to-start from the App Store and Google Play.[6] Unlike Super Mario Run and similar to that of Dr. Mario World, the game more heavily incorporates a free-to-play microtransaction mechanic, having gacha elements in the form of items being launched out of pipes. The game reuses many assets from Mario Kart 7 and Mario Kart 8, as well as returning gameplay mechanics such as gliding and character-specific special items. In addition, the game introduces some features new to the Mario Kart franchise such as reversed courses and the ability to deploy a large amount of any item during a race, including Spiny Shells and Bullet Bills.

The game was first announced during a financial briefing on January 31, 2018.[7] On April 23, 2019, Nintendo opened applications for participating in a closed beta test of the game to Android users in North America and Japan, which began on May 22, 2019, and ended on June 4, 2019.[8] The game officially launched for both iOS and Android devices on September 25, 2019, in 163 territories, which covers nearly the same roster of availability as Super Mario Run, with the exceptions of Belgium and Vietnam, the former of which banned games with loot boxes in 2019 for violating gambling laws.[9] Users who pre-registered acquired the game a day early. Unlike previous Mario mobile games, a Nintendo Account is required to be playable.

On October 31, 2019, Nintendo announced the first multiplayer beta test exclusive to Gold Pass members,[10] which began on December 18, 2019, 11:00 p.m. (PT) and ended on December 26, 2019, 9:59 p.m. (PT). On January 21, 2020, Nintendo announced a second multiplayer beta test for all players, regardless of whether they have a Gold Pass subscription or not,[11] which began on January 22, 2020, 11:00 p.m. (PT) and ended on January 28, 2020, 9:59 p.m. (PT). The second multiplayer beta test allowed players to play with each other in their immediate vicinity based on their device's location data. Finally, on March 2, 2020, Nintendo announced that multiplayer would officially be implemented into the game on March 8, 2020, at 8:00 p.m. (PT).[12]

Gameplay[edit]

The goal of the game is to be in first place at the end of each race, using items obtained by driving through Item Boxes. The game is played in a portrait or landscape position, while the phone's touch controls are used to play the game, such as dragging the finger across the screen to steer the kart. There are three ways the player can make turns. For the phones supporting it, the gyroscope can be used to steer. The player can choose what action is started when tapping and sliding the fingers on the main area of the screen, with the other action being performed by tapping a small circular button at the bottom and then sliding the fingers if needed. The main setting has the driver jumping every time the screen is tapped, allowing the kart to drift by sliding the fingers. In the other configuration, the kart does not jump when tapping the screen, which results in it steering when sliding the fingers on the screen. After steering for a while, the kart starts auto-drifting and charging Mini-Turbos and Super Mini-Turbos, but not Ultra Mini-Turbos that are only charged when drifting. Similarly to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe with auto-accelerate and smart-steering enabled, karts accelerate automatically and can steer players away from walls. The intensity of smart-steering can be changed in the game's settings.

The game's mechanics are based on Mario Kart 7 and most of the Retro Courses are also available as either normal or retro courses within the same game. A few features from Mario Kart 8 that required substantial changes to the game, such as Bikes, ATVs, anti-gravity, and 12-player races, are missing, while the 200cc class is present. Other features from Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, such as auto-accelerate, smart-steering, and Ultra Mini-Turbos return. Unlike previous games, the player cannot customize their tires.

When a race is completed, the player will be awarded with Grand Stars, experience points for the used driver, kart, and glider whose base points are not maxed out, and coins. If the player finishes in the top three places, the gauge to level up will be filled, while if the placement is 5th or lower, the gauge will be dropped. When the gauge is already empty, however, the player will not level down. Only the points gained in the specific course will be lost, meaning that the first race on each course won't make the player lose experience points even if they arrive in 8th place; similarly, each course has an experience points cap. The more experience points have already been gained on a specific course, the fewer experience points will be awarded by arriving in the first three places until the cap is reached. At that point, only the experience points lost due to arriving in 5th place or lower will be regained when arriving in the first three places. The total amount of experience points gained in a course is never reset and is carried to the following tours, forcing the player to drive in new courses to still keep gaining experience points and leveling up.

Grand Stars are awarded depending on whether a certain point threshold has been reached. Experience points for the driver, kart, and glider are awarded depending on the placement. The coins obtained are those collected during the race, plus one additional coin for every 1,000 points obtained during the race. Each day, it is possible to obtain up to 450 experience points for the drivers, karts, and gliders and up to 300 coins by racing (900 experience points and 600 coins when the player is subscribed to the Gold Pass starting with version 2.4.0). When those limits are reached the player cannot obtain experience points or coins by racing until the next day. In order to continue gaining experience points or collecting coins, the player can use point-boost tickets for the former and can play Coin Rush or get rewards from challenges for the latter. Filling up the gauge to level up gives a reward to the player, increases the points earned when reaching a specific placement in the race and, when level 7 or level 12 are reached, allows the player to buy more items in the shop. Currently, the maximum level the player can reach is 150.

Placement Experience points for each non-maxed out driver, kart and glider that was used in the race
50cc 100cc 150cc and 200cc
1 8 9 10
2 7 8 9
3 6 7 8
4 5 6 7
5 4 5 6
6 3 4 5
7 2 3 4
8 1 2 3

The game features Tour Challenges and Gold Challenges, which reward Grand Stars, and Standard Challenges, which reward rubies, the main premium currency of the game.

Another premium item, bought with real-life currency according to a monthly subscription model, is the Gold Pass, which grants access to the 200cc engine class, Gold Races (and multiplayer ranks S to S+6), additional items from Tour Gifts, and Gold Challenges.

Every driver, kart, and glider has favorite courses, on which they offer advantages if they are used. Each course has three tiers for each driver, kart, and glider. Third-tier drivers receive one item from every Item Box, second-tier drivers receive two items and first-tier drivers receive three items. Second-tier karts give a bonus points multiplier of 1.5 and first-tier karts give a bonus points multiplier of 2. Second-tier gliders increase the time between two point-gaining actions to count as a combo and give a combo bonus multiplier of 2 and first-tier gliders increase the combo-time even longer and give a combo bonus multiplier of 3. The player can enter a Frenzy by obtaining three of the same item at the same time, which allows the player to temporarily use that item an infinite amount of times in addition to granting them invincibility. Super and High-End drivers, karts, and gliders have a higher number of points gained when choosing them and more preferred courses. In addition, drivers have their own special items, similar to Mario Kart: Double Dash!!'s item system. Karts have their own driving-related bonus such as increasing the effectiveness of drifting, while gliders increase the likelihood of obtaining a certain item and the points gained when using said item. All drivers, karts, and gliders can be leveled up, and they all come with upgrades once this occurs. Since the 2.6.0 update, drivers, karts, and gliders are able to upgrade a favored course to a favorite course from being leveled up, with Normal items gaining one after reaching level 6, Super items gaining two after reaching levels 3 and 6, and High-End items gaining four after reaching levels 3 and 6.

The courses the player can play depends on the tour, which changes every two weeks. Starting with the Baby Rosalina Tour, each tour has twelve cups, and adds new drivers, karts, gliders, and courses. During certain tours, mainly ones themed around real-world locations, the game includes one course that is new to the series. Each cup contains three races and one bonus challenge. Bonus challenges require the player to beat a certain goal with a certain character, kart, and glider. Once each of the courses and the bonus challenge are all played and enough Grand Stars are obtained, the player can move on to the next cup.

Every week, one of the tour's cups is a ranked cup. In a ranked cup, the player is placed on a leaderboard based on their overall score in the game against nineteen other players. The player gains a reward for finishing in the top 10 and will increase in tier at the end of the week if their end position is near the top, while they will lose one or two tiers if finishing poorly enough above tier 20. Since the Cooking Tour, tier 25 and up rewards points-cap tickets for the top few positions. These tickets, along with the corresponding point-boost tickets, rotate between driver, kart, and glider tickets on a weekly basis. Since the 2021 Yoshi Tour, drivers are included as rewards for moving to a higher tier.

Placement Rewards Tier change
From tier 1 From tier 11 From tier 21 From tier 25 From tier 30 From tier 35 From tier 40 From tier 45 From tier 51 From tier 1 From tier 21 From tier 22 From tier 25 From tier 30 From tier 35 From tier 70
1 Rubies ×20
Coins ×1,000
Point-boost tickets ×3 of each type
Rubies ×25
Coins ×1,100
Point-boost tickets ×3 of each type
Rubies ×30
Coins ×1,200
Point-boost tickets ×3 of each type
Rubies ×30
Coins ×1,200
Point-boost tickets ×3
Points-cap tickets ×1 Normal
Rubies ×35
Coins ×1,500
Point-boost tickets ×3
Points-cap tickets ×1 Super, ×1 Normal
Rubies ×35
Coins ×1,500
Points-cap tickets ×1 High-End, ×1 Super, ×1 Normal
Rubies ×40
Coins ×2,000
Points-cap tickets ×2 High-End, ×2 Super, ×2 Normal
Rubies ×40
Coins ×2,000
Points-cap tickets ×3 High-End, ×3 Super, ×3 Normal
Rubies ×40
Coins ×2,000
Points-cap tickets ×4 High-End, ×4 Super, ×4 Normal
+3 +3 +3 +3 +2 +1 0
2 Rubies ×15
Coins ×1,000
Point-boost tickets ×2 of each type
Rubies ×20
Coins ×1,100
Point-boost tickets ×2 of each type
Rubies ×20
Coins ×1,200
Point-boost tickets ×2 of each type
Rubies ×20
Coins ×1,200
Point-boost tickets ×2
Points-cap tickets ×1 Normal
Rubies ×20
Coins ×1,200
Point-boost tickets ×2
Points-cap tickets ×1 Normal
Rubies ×20
Coins ×1,200
Point-boost tickets ×3
Points-cap tickets ×1 Super, ×1 Normal
Rubies ×20
Coins ×1,200
Points-cap tickets ×1 High-End, ×1 Super, ×1 Normal
Rubies ×20
Coins ×1,200
Points-cap tickets ×2 High-End, ×2 Super, ×2 Normal
Rubies ×20
Coins ×1,500
Points-cap tickets ×3 High-End, ×3 Super, ×3 Normal
+2 +2 +2 +1
3 Rubies ×10
Coins ×1,000
Point-boost tickets ×1 of each type
Rubies ×15
Coins ×1,100
Point-boost tickets ×1 of each type
Rubies ×15
Coins ×1,200
Point-boost tickets ×1 of each type
Rubies ×15
Coins ×1,200
Point-boost tickets ×1
Points-cap tickets ×1 Normal
Rubies ×15
Coins ×1,200
Point-boost tickets ×1
Points-cap tickets ×1 Normal
Rubies ×15
Coins ×1,200
Point-boost tickets ×2
Points-cap tickets ×1 Normal
Rubies ×15
Coins ×1,200
Point-boost tickets ×3
Points-cap tickets ×1 Super, ×1 Normal
Rubies ×15
Coins ×1,200
Points-cap tickets ×1 High-End, ×1 Super, ×1 Normal
Rubies ×15
Coins ×1,200
Points-cap tickets ×2 High-End, ×2 Super, ×2 Normal
+1 +1 +1
4 Rubies ×5
Coins ×500
Rubies ×10
Coins ×600
Rubies ×10
Coins ×600
Rubies ×10
Coins ×600
Rubies ×10
Coins ×600
Point-boost tickets ×1
Rubies ×10
Coins ×600
Point-boost tickets ×1
Rubies ×10
Coins ×600
Point-boost tickets ×2
Points-cap tickets ×1 Normal
Rubies ×10
Coins ×600
Point-boost tickets ×3
Points-cap tickets ×1 Super, ×1 Normal
Rubies ×10
Coins ×600
Points-cap tickets ×1 High-End, ×1 Super, ×1 Normal
+2 0 -1
5
6 0 -1
7 Coins ×300 Rubies ×5
Coins ×400
Rubies ×5
Coins ×400
Rubies ×5
Coins ×400
Rubies ×5
Coins ×400
Rubies ×5
Coins ×400
Rubies ×5
Coins ×400
Point-boost tickets ×1
Rubies ×5
Coins ×400
Point-boost tickets ×2
Points-cap tickets ×1 Normal
Rubies ×5
Coins ×400
Point-boost tickets ×1
Points-cap tickets ×1 Normal, ×1 Super
+1 0
8 0 -1
9 0 -1
10 -1
11-19 No reward 0 -1
20 No reward -2 -2 -2 -2 -2

Each tour has three sets of Tour Challenges. The first one is unlocked from the tour's beginning, the second one unlocks after the first week, and the third one is exclusive to Gold Pass members.

Points[edit]

See also: Mario Kart Tour race points system

Points are collected during standard races and are used to gain Grand Stars and to rank players, both overall and in ranked cups. There are three ways of obtaining points in races: base points, bonus points, and position points.

Base points[edit]

Base points are given at the beginning of the race and are the sum of the base points of the character, kart and glider selected. They range from 800 to 2800 points. The base points can be increased through experience points obtained at the end of the races or through point-boost tickets that provide 50 experience points each. The experience points are used to fill a gauge that when filled will increase the base points until the maximum amount has been reached. The amount of experience points needed to fill the gauge increases every time the gauge is filled. Since the Cooking Tour, points-cap tickets are added to the game, making it possible to raise the maximum amount of base points of a driver, kart, or glider.

Base points of drivers and kart parts
Amount MKT Icon Drivers.png
Drivers
MKT Icon Karts.pngMKT Icon Gliders.png
Kart and gliders
MKT Icon Normal.png
Normal
MKT Icon Rare.png
Super
MKT Icon HighEnd.png
High-End
MKT Icon Normal.png
Normal
MKT Icon Rare.png
Super
MKT Icon HighEnd.png
High-End
Initial 400 450 500 200 220 250
Base cap 600 675 800 300 330 400
First raised cap 648 765 980 324 366 490
Second raised cap 704 870 1190 352 408 595
Top cap 760 975 1400 380 450 700

Bonus points[edit]

Larry obtaining bonus points by performing a Jump Boost as part of a combo

Bonus points are points awarded every time a special event happens during the race. Said event might be a Jump Boost, gliding for a certain amount of time, finishing the lap in a certain position, hitting opponents or hazards, or various other cases. If a further event happens before about two seconds have passed from the previous one, the combo indicator goes up and the points obtained are increased. The actual time that can pass between one event and the next can be increased by choosing a glider of a higher tier in the course, by choosing a glider of higher rarity, or by leveling up the glider. The number of points given is calculated as follows:

Points = (base points of the event × multiplier due to kart tiering in the course × multiplier due to kart rarity and skill level) + combo bonus + bonus point boosts + eventual increase from kart's special skill + eventual increase from glider's special skill

The combo bonus is calculated as follows:

Combo bonus = multiplier from glider's tiering in the course × Min{combo count - 1 ; (cc of the engine class) / 10}

For the purpose of the calculation, 200cc is considered the same as 150cc.

The bonus point boost is calculated separately for the driver, kart, and glider chosen that are in the first tier of the course, as follows:

Bonus point boost = base points × (skill level - 1) × [(cc of the engine class) / 30000]

In this case as well, 200cc is considered the same as 150cc. If more than 200 events happen, the bonus point boost is not applied from the 201st event onward.

Position points[edit]

Position points are awarded to the player depending on their placement at the end of the race. They are calculated as follows:

Position points = [(position points due to the level of the player + engine class bonus) × position multiplier] + bonus point boosts for position

The bonus point boost for position is calculated separately for the driver, kart, and glider chosen that are in the first tier of the course, as follows:

Bonus point boost for position = base points × (skill level - 1) × number of events that occurred in the race × position multiplier × [(cc of the engine class) / 30000]

As in the other cases, 200cc is considered the same as 150cc.

The engine class bonus is the following:

Engine class MKT Icon 50cc.png
50cc
MKT Icon 100cc.png
100cc
MKT Icon 150cc.png
150cc
MKT Icon 200cc.png
200cc
Engine class bonus 0 200 400 400

The position multiplier depends on the placement at the end of the race and works as follows:

Placement 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Position multiplier 1 0.85 0.75 0.65 0.55 0.45 0.35 0.2

Additional internal data (RaceScoreParam)[edit]

The following internal data stems from the Peach Tour.[13]

The engine class affects the obtained points in various other ways, as shown by the internal data:

Engine class dependent points-related parameters (mEngineLevelParams)
Parameter MKT Icon 50cc.png
50cc
MKT Icon 100cc.png
100cc
MKT Icon 150cc.png
150cc
MKT Icon 200cc.png
200cc
AddScoreIntervalWhileGlide 2.5 2 1.5 1.2
AddScoreIntervalWhileWater 7.5 6 4.5 3.6
AddScoreIntervalWhileItemType018 2.5 2 1.5 1.2
AddScoreIntervalWhileDriftKeep 2.5 2 1.5 1.2
InterimRankBonusRate 0.5 1 2 2
ComboNumMax 5 10 15 15

The InterimRankBonus multiplied by the InterimRankBonusRate is the amount of points obtained at the end of the first lap or the first two sections of three-sectioned tracks. The InterimRankBonus has the following values:

InterimRankBonus
Position 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th
Points 100 80 60 50 40 30 20 10

Finally, the maximum time between events in a combo depends on the base points given by the last action of the combo, with no effect of the combo count, as shown by this combo-related data:

Combo-related parameters (Combo)
Score 5 10 20 30
Time 1.4 1.8 2.1 2.4
ComboScoreAdd 1
ComboScoreRate 0.1

The combo time is calculated as follows:

Combo time = Max{Remaining combo time; Combo time of the last action}

where the combo time of the last action is calculated as follows:

Combo time of the last action = Time × multiplier from glider's tiering in the course × multiplier due to glider rarity and skill level

where the multiplier from the tiering is around 1.45 if the course is one of the favorites of the glider and around 1.225 if the course is favored by the glider, being equal to 1 otherwise, and Time is based on the value reported in the table using intermediate values for intermediate scores (i.e. 1.95 seconds for 15 points and 2.25 seconds for 25 points) and either 1.4 seconds or 2.4 seconds for scores smaller than 5 points and greater than 30 points, respectively.

Auto Mode[edit]

A screenshot taken in Auto mode with the cartoon filter applied.

Introduced in version 2.6.0, Auto mode is a new option in single player races that allows the player to spectate in a race fully controlled by the AI. The driver, kart and glider chosen by the player will participate in said race and will be the default AI player followed. The player is able to choose the racer followed by the camera and has control on the relative positioning and zoom of the camera. A button at the bottom allows to take screenshots at the rendering resolution of the game rather than the display resolution of the device. Starting with version 2.8.0, additional filters can be applied to the camera. When the race ends, the Coins and event tokens (but not team tokens) collected by the chosen driver are given to the player, along with the obtained experience points of the driver, kart and glider. The experience points of the player will instead remain unaffected, regardless of the outcome of the race.

Collectibles and currencies[edit]

Grand Stars[edit]

Grand Stars are the main collectibles related to individual tours. Up to five of them can be earned by reaching certain point thresholds in each standard race and up to three of them can be earned by clearing specific goals in each bonus challenge. Furthermore, clearing the daily challenge each day will warrant a Grand Star, and clearing Tour Challenges and Gold Challenges will reward the players with Grand Stars as well. Finally, using a star ticket will reward a Grand Star per ticket used.

They are used to unlock items in the cup bar of the course selection screen, namely cups and gifts. When the last gift is obtained, coins are rewarded in place of Grand Stars, and when a new tour starts, the Grand Stars obtained are reset to 0.

Rubies[edit]

Rubies are the main premium currency of Mario Kart Tour. They can be purchased with real-life currency at the Shop, but can also be obtained as daily login bonuses, as a player level up bonus, as part of tour gifts, as a reward for the ranked cup, or as a reward for the Standard Challenges.

Rubies can be used in two different ways: to buy launch pipes and to play Coin Rush mode.

Coins[edit]

Gold Mario in Coin Rush during the Tokyo Tour

Coins are collected during a race and rewarded for the number of points obtained during said race, up to 300 per day. In a single race, the amount of coins earned is

Coins earned = coins obtained during the race + floor((total points earned in the race)/1000)

The coins obtained during the race are capped at 99, while no cap on the coins obtained through points is known as of now.

Besides the main way of obtaining coins, they can also be obtained in Coin Rush and in several rewards, such as obtaining three Standard Challenges, Tour Challenges or Gold Challenges in a row, column or diagonal line, in gifts, as daily login bonuses, as player level up bonuses, while waiting for Multiplayer races, and as rewards for ranked cup placements and friend ranking.

In Coin Rush, the player can spend Rubies to obtain a great number of coins. Over 300 coins are found in the course. For each tour, another course is available in Coin Rush. Gold Mario is the regular driver, and the Gold Standard is the regular kart driven. The coins obtained from Coin Rush are multiplied by a certain number, depending on how many rubies a player has spent.

Coins multiplier Rubies
2 5
6 15
10 25

During the Cooking Tour, the Coins Aplenty Event was added to the game. This event gives the player 24 hours to obtain a large number of coins from a certain cup, which varies between players. 300 coins are awarded at the end of the first race on each course in the cup during the duration of the event, for a total of 900 guaranteed extra coins from the event; these coins do not count towards the daily cap of 300 coins from races. In addition, the daily cap is ignored on each of these three races, providing three extra opportunities to score coins beyond the cap if it has already been reached.

Coins are mainly used in the Daily Selects section of the shop.

Menu[edit]

Banners
MKT Icon Pipe.png MKT Icon Special Offer.png MKT Icon Gold Pass.png
Pipes Special offers Gold Pass
Main Menu
MKT Icon Multiplayer.png MKT Icon Challenges.png MKT Icon Tour Gifts.png MKT Icon Shop.png
Multiplayer Challenges Tour Gifts Shop
MKT Icon Drivers.png MKT Icon Karts.png MKT Icon Gliders.png MKT Icon Tickets.png
Drivers Karts Gliders Tickets
MKT CB.png MKT Icon Friends.png MKT Icon News.png MKT Icon Gifts.png
Profile Friends News Gifts
MKT Icon Settings.png
Settings

Banners[edit]

On the top of the menu, players can purchase special offers or subscribe to the Gold Pass.

Multiplayer[edit]

Example of progressing towards a higher multiplayer grade.
The grading system in multiplayer mode, which continues up to S+6.

Multiplayer mode was added to Mario Kart Tour on March 8, 2020, where up to eight human players can play against each other.[12] There are three modes available: a mode to play with friends or other players nearby; Standard Races, a mode where the player competes against random players from around the world; and Gold Races, a mode exclusive to Gold Pass members where the player competes against other members. Players race against each other in three courses in a chosen cup of the current tour; the cup changes every 15 minutes. In the "With Friends or Others Nearby" mode, the player can set the rules themselves, including the engine class (50cc, 100cc, or 150cc), number of item slots (1, 2, or default), number of teams (none, 2, 3 or 4), number of races (3, 6, or 12), enabling teams, enabling Friendly-Fire Mode for teams, and inclusion of COM racers. The player can also create a Room and invite players to join it with a code.

In Standard Races, there are two sets of rules that interchange daily: 100cc with default item slots, and 100cc with two item slots. In Gold Races, there are four: 150cc with default item slots, 150cc with two item slots, 200cc with default item slots, and 200cc with one item slot. The Team Game rule can also appear in Standard Races and Gold Races. In both of these modes, there is also a grading system for players that changes depending on their performance. The grades range from F to A (S then S+1 to S+6 in Gold Races).[14]

When the player is waiting for a multiplayer match to be found, they will earn coins. Up to 100 coins can be earned per day with this method.

Once every few tours the Kart Pro event will take place, in which the player can earn rewards like badges and rubies by completing challenges on a Kart Pro challenge card. The amount of rubies the player will get as rewards for completing this challenge card depends on their grade. Grades F to A will receive 5 to 10 rubies, and grands S to S+6 will receive 15 to 21 rubies.

Challenges[edit]

See also: List of challenge cards in Mario Kart Tour

Challenges are objectives the player can complete to earn various badges and rewards depending on the type, of which there are five: Standard Challenges, long-term challenges the player accomplishes throughout the course of the game; Multiplayer Challenges (added in the Baby Rosalina Tour), which are challenges for multiplayer mode; Tour and Gold Challenges, challenges that last for the duration of the tour, the latter of which are exclusive to Gold Pass members; and Expert Challenges (added in the Cooking Tour), which contain challenges that are harder to succeed than Tour, Gold, and Standard Challenges, and last for 12 weeks. In the 1st Anniversary Tour, Anniversary Challenges were added as a one-off. Completing Standard, Multiplayer, and Anniversary Challenges awards the player with rubies, while Tour and Gold Challenges award extra Grand Stars and Expert Challenges reward the player only with badges. Each challenge card holds nine challenges aligned in a 3×3 grid, and for every bingo the player acquires (i.e. any horizontal, vertical, or diagonal match), they earn a certain amount of coins. The player also receives a reward upon completing an entire challenge card.

Daily challenges[edit]

Each daily challenge rewards a Grand Star. The player can have up to three daily challenges available at a time, and upon completing one, a new one will not appear until the following day. Upon entering a new tour, players receive three daily challenges right away, resulting in a maximum of 16 daily challenges per two-week tour. The daily challenges are selected at random from the following options:

  • Do a Rocket Start.
  • Get 1st place in a race.
  • Perform a Slipstream.
  • Activate Frenzy mode.
  • Use a Mushroom.
  • Land a hit with a Banana.
  • Land a hit with a Red Shell.
  • Land a hit with a Green Shell.
  • Land a hit with a Bob-omb.
  • Land a hit with a Super Horn.
  • Join a multiplayer race.

From the Snow Tour onwards, daily challenges are no longer featured.

Premium Challenges[edit]
The first Premium Challenge card in the Snow Tour.

As of the Snow Tour, players can purchase a card for $4.99 USD with additional challenges every tour, with the reward for completing all challenges being a high-end driver. Progress on the challenges is shown whether the player has purchased or not, and all completed challenges can be claimed immediately on purchase. Uncompleted challenge cards can be carried over to the next tour, with up to fifteen able to be held at once.

Total Points Challenge[edit]

As of the Snow Tour, the player's total points across all cups can be redeemed for rewards, up to 600,000 points. Among the top rewards are points-cap tickets of increasing levels.

Tour Gifts[edit]

Tour Gifts give the player items if enough Grand Stars are obtained, with the top rewards often being level-boost tickets of increasing levels. Part of the rewards can only be claimed by Gold Pass subscribers.

Shop[edit]

The shop consists of five different sections.

Pipes[edit]

Pipes can shoot out a driver, kart, or glider, all of which have their own rarities. A pipe contains a determined amount of Normal, Super, and High-End items, all of which are chosen randomly within their class and rarity, plus a featured driver, kart, and glider. The items are not ordered, so each item, including the featured ones, can be potentially found in any placement within the pipe. It is possible that a player obtains an item from a pipe that already has been obtained; when this happens, the level gauge of that item will be increased by one unit. The player can reset the pipe at any moment. A new pipe is introduced each week and, since the 2019 Halloween Tour, the pipes last until the end of the tour.

Usually, the pipe contains the following items, with the spotlight items frequently taking the spot of a Super or High-end item:

Items obtained from a typical new 100 items pipe
Item MKT Icon Normal.png
Normal
MKT Icon Rare.png
Super
MKT Icon HighEnd.png
High-End
Driver Kart Glider Driver Kart Glider Driver Kart Glider
Amount 32 26 16 9 7 4 2 2 2

Until the New Year's Tour, the pipe typically contained the following items:

Items obtained from a new pipe
Item MKT Icon Normal.png
Normal
MKT Icon Rare.png
Super
MKT Icon HighEnd.png
High-End
MKT Icon HighEnd.png
Featured High-End
Driver Kart Glider Driver Kart Glider Driver Kart Glider Driver Kart Glider
Amount 32 26 16 9 7 4 1 1 1 1 1 1

Another common variant is the pipe holding 50 items, used in special events and frequently not featuring any spotlight item, but rather a slightly different distribution of items to take into account the peculiar items that can be obtained in it.

Items obtained from a typical new 50 items pipe
Item MKT Icon Normal.png
Normal
MKT Icon Rare.png
Super
MKT Icon HighEnd.png
High-End
Driver Kart Glider Driver Kart Glider Driver Kart Glider
Amount 15 11 9 5 4 3 1 1 1

The probability of obtaining a certain type of item from the pipe is (number of items of that type remaining in the pipe)/(total number of items remaining in the pipe) while the probability of obtaining a specific item is (probability of getting an item of the type of the desired item)/(number of available items of the same type of the desired item).

Token Shop[edit]

As of the Wild West Tour, the Token Shop (formerly known as the Event Shop) appears during events or Team Rallies. The player can buy items in this shop with event tokens.

Token Shop's items
Item Priceab Quantity (Event) Quantity (Team Rally)
Item ticket MKT Icon ItemTicket.png 5 10 -
Point-boost ticket MKT Icon Point-boostticket1.pngMKT Icon Point-boostticket2.pngMKT Icon Point-boostticket3.png 10 3 each -
Star ticket MKT Icon StarTicket.png 20 3 -
Coin Rush ticket MKT Icon CoinRushTicket.png 20 1
Level-boost ticket Normal MKT Icon Level-boostticket1.pngMKT Icon Level-boostticket2.pngMKT Icon Level-boostticket3.png 50 2 3 each
Super MKT Icon Level-boostticket4.pngMKT Icon Level-boostticket5.pngMKT Icon Level-boostticket6.png 100 1 2 each
High-End MKT Icon Level-boostticket7.pngMKT Icon Level-boostticket8.pngMKT Icon Level-boostticket9.png 250 - 1 each
Points-cap ticket Normal MKT Icon Points-capticket1.pngMKT Icon Points-capticket2.pngMKT Icon Points-capticket3.png 100 1
Super MKT Icon Points-capticket4.pngMKT Icon Points-capticket5.pngMKT Icon Points-capticket6.png 200 1
High-End MKT Icon Points-capticket7.pngMKT Icon Points-capticket8.pngMKT Icon Points-capticket9.png 400 - 1
Normal driver, kart or glider MKT Icon Drivers.pngMKT Icon Karts.pngMKT Icon Gliders.png 15 3 -
Super driver, kart or glider MKT Icon Drivers.pngMKT Icon Karts.pngMKT Icon Gliders.png 100 (Driver), 50 (Kart/Glider) 1 6
500 Coins MKT Icon Coins 2.png 30 5 -
1000 Coins MKT Icon Coins 3.png 50 - 10
3 Rubies MKT Icon 1Ruby.png 50 5

a - In the Token Shop of the Summer Festival Tour, most of the items had lower prices, while Monty Mole was purchasable for 200 event tokens.
b - In the Token Shops of the 1st Anniversary Tour, the New Year's 2021 Tour, and the Mario Tour, High-End items and level-boost tickets were available and most items had lower prices.

Daily Selects[edit]
The Daily Selects section of the Shop, before the base set was introduced.

The Daily Selects section is renewed each day. It consists of four rows, of which the first three each contain three items. The items in the left column are drivers or driver-related tickets, the items in the center column are karts or kart-related tickets, the items in the right column are gliders or glider-related tickets. The last row is Coin Rush. The first row is available to all players and contains only Normal items and point-boost tickets, the second row is available to players level 7 and above and contains Normal and Super items along with item tickets and quick tickets, and the third row is available to players of level 12 and above and contains only Super and High-End items. The first time an item's skill level is maxed out, it is replaced with other items of the same rarity, type and shop rarity until all the items of the corresponding rarity, type and shop rarity have their skill level maxed out, at which point a level-boost ticket of the same rarity is sold in place of these items. Furthermore, as soon as a High-End item sold in the Daily Selects is maxed out, the tickets of all rarities can replace the items of the maxed out category.

Daily Selects' items
Item Price
Base set Additional
Item ticket MKT Icon ItemTicket.png 50
Point-boost ticket MKT Icon Point-boostticket1.pngMKT Icon Point-boostticket2.pngMKT Icon Point-boostticket3.png 100
Quick ticket
(no longer available since the Cooking Tour)
MKT Icon QuickTicket.png 1,000 N/A
Normal Kart or glider MKT Icon Level-boostticket2.pngMKT Icon Level-boostticket3.png 500 1,000
Driver MKT Icon Level-boostticket1.png 800 1,500
Super Kart or glider MKT Icon Level-boostticket5.pngMKT Icon Level-boostticket6.png 2,000 7,500
Driver MKT Icon Level-boostticket4.png 3,000 9,000
High-End Kart or glider MKT Icon Level-boostticket8.pngMKT Icon Level-boostticket9.png 10,000 25,000
Driver MKT Icon Level-boostticket7.png 12,000 30,000

Since the Paris Tour, in addition to tickets, only a subset of non-tour-exclusive items can be found as Daily Selects in all of the Tours, here referred to as "Base set". The listed items are most Normal items from the Tokyo Tour and most items from the New York Tour. The Quick Ticket was removed and more items were added in the Cooking Tour at an increased cost and shop rarity, appearing less frequently in the Daily Selects and being unable to replace the items of the same rarity and type when the skill levels of those were all maxed out. They are marked with an asterisk (*) and referred to here as "Additional". Since the Berlin Tour, "Additional" prices were reduced to the "Base set" price, but their shop rarity appears unchanged, with them still not being able to replace items of the same rarity and price when the skill levels of the latter are maxed out.

Type Normal Super High-End
Drivers Baby Mario, Baby Peach, Baby Daisy, Baby Rosalina, Baby Luigi*, Koopa Troopa, Shy Guy, Dry Bones, Iggy, Larry, Lemmy, Ludwig, Morton, Roy, Wendy Mario, Peach, Yoshi, Daisy, Toad, Toadette, Rosalina*, Luigi*, Toad (Pit Crew)*, Bowser, Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, Lakitu*, Bowser Jr.*, Wario*, Waluigi*, King Boo* Metal Mario, Pauline*, Peachette, Dry Bowser
Karts Pipe Frame, Birthday Girl, Mushmellow, Koopa Dasher, Biddybuggy, Cheep Charger, Bullet Blaster, Landship, Pipe Buggy* Mach 8, Daytripper, Turbo Yoshi, Soda Jet, Super Blooper, Royale*, Cloud 9*, Poltergust 4000*, Streamliner*, Flame Flyer, Barrel Train, DK Jumbo*, Koopa Clown* B Dasher, Circuit Special*, Bumble V*, Badwagon
Gliders Super Glider, Parachute, Parafoil, Paper Glider, Droplet Glider, BBIA Parafoil, Piranha Plant Parafoil* Peach Parasol, Flower Glider, Oilpaper Umbrella*, Lightning Oilpaper*, Bob-omb Parafoil, Shell Parachute, Wario Wing*, Waluigi Wing*, BaNaNa Parafoil* Gold Glider, Swooper, Cloud Glider*
Tier Shop[edit]

Since the 2020 Halloween Tour, players can buy items in the Tier Shop. The items available in it are replaced every week, and the higher the player's tier, the more items are available for purchase. The items unlock based on the player's all-time highest tier and remain unlocked even if their tier drops. Some items can be bought multiple times, though the price increases after the first or second purchase.

Tier Shop's items
Item Price
Initial price After first purchase After second purchase Quantity
Level-boost ticket Normal kart or glider MKT Icon Level-boostticket2.pngMKT Icon Level-boostticket3.png 800 1,000 1,200 3
Normal driver MKT Icon Level-boostticket1.png 1,000 1,200 1,400 3
Super kart or glider MKT Icon Level-boostticket5.pngMKT Icon Level-boostticket6.png 3,000 5,000 N/A 2
Super driver MKT Icon Level-boostticket4.png 4,000 6,000 N/A 2
High-End kart or glider MKT Icon Level-boostticket8.pngMKT Icon Level-boostticket9.png 13,000 N/A N/A 1
High-End driver MKT Icon Level-boostticket7.png 15,000 N/A N/A 1
Points-cap ticket Normal MKT Icon Points-capticket1.pngMKT Icon Points-capticket2.pngMKT Icon Points-capticket3.png 2,000 N/A N/A 1
Super MKT Icon Points-capticket4.pngMKT Icon Points-capticket5.pngMKT Icon Points-capticket6.png 5,000 N/A N/A 1
High-End MKT Icon Points-capticket7.pngMKT Icon Points-capticket8.pngMKT Icon Points-capticket9.png 20,000 N/A N/A 1
Normal driver MKT Icon Drivers.png 800 N/A N/A 1
kart or glider MKT Icon Karts.pngMKT Icon Gliders.png 500 N/A N/A 1
Super driver MKT Icon Drivers.png 3,000 N/A N/A 1
kart or glider MKT Icon Karts.pngMKT Icon Gliders.png 2,000 N/A N/A 1
High-End driver MKT Icon Drivers.png 12,000 N/A N/A 1
kart or glider MKT Icon Karts.pngMKT Icon Gliders.png 10,000 N/A N/A 1
Ruby purchase[edit]

The player can purchase different amounts of rubies with real-life currency.

Profile[edit]

Players can visit profile pages of themselves and their friends. On a profile page, the player can choose their 8 favorite drivers out of the drivers they own and can see their records, which include the amounts of collected drivers, karts, and gliders, their highest score they earned on a single course in the current tour, their number of Standard Race and Gold Race wins, their highest multiplayer grade and their highest tier. Additionally, their current level, tier, and multiplayer grade are shown for the player and their friends.

Badges[edit]

The player can collect badges by completing challenges, and by ending in the top 1,000 in the All-Cup ranking. Sometimes badges will also be given in the Gift Box. Out of all their collected badges, the player can choose one that will be visible to other players on their profile, though players can view other players' full badge lists (which are sorted in order of when the player obtained the badges).

Friends[edit]

The player can become in-game friends with other players, see the points of their friends on the different cups, and invite them to join a multiplayer room.

Since the Baby Rosalina Tour, a cumulative reward is given to the player if the combined total cup points of the week's ranked cup of the player and all of their friends reach certain amounts. In the Flower Tour only, the reward was rubies instead of coins. Since the second week of the Wild West Tour, the coin amounts have changed.

Total points of player and friends Coins
(until August 5, 2020)
Coins
(since August 12, 2020)
Rubies
(Flower Tour)
50,000 100 100 2
80,000 500 300 3
150,000 1000 600 5

News[edit]

Every time that an announcement is being made, a new part of a tour starts, an update of the game is released, a new special offer or pipe is available or something else has been changed, the player receives a message with detailed information about what is new. Messages regarding known issues also appear here.

Gifts[edit]

Sometimes the player receives additional gifts, which can be rubies, coins, or badges. Mainly, these gifts are given at celebration occasions such as celebration days, the start of a new tour, or the launch of Multiplayer mode. Sometimes it happens that the player does not receive a reward due to a technical problem in the game. These rewards can appear as gifts at a later time. Gifts remain available for 14 days.

Skill level point and points cap raising requirements[edit]

The following table lists the amount of skill level points needed to bring an acquired driver, kart, or glider to a certain skill level. Raising the skill level of a driver, kart or glider requires obtaining duplicates of them as Tour Gifts, from the Pipe or the Shop, or from using level-boost tickets that match the type and rarity.

Skill level 2 3 4 5 6 7
Normal 2 5 8 11 14 20
Super 1 2 3 4 5 8
High-End 1 1 2 2 3 5

The following table lists the amount of points-cap tickets needed to raise the maximum amount of base points of a driver, kart or glider to a higher cap.

Cap 1 2 3
Amount of tickets 1 5 10

Courses[edit]

See also: List of favored and favorite courses in Mario Kart Tour

Mario Kart Tour currently features 58 racecourses, the most of any Mario Kart game to date. Of these, 16 are new courses and 37 are classic courses, giving Mario Kart Tour the distinction of having the most classic courses as well. Furthermore, a new course category is added in this game, named remix. The 5 courses in this category have the RMX term prepended to the name. They are based on classic courses from which they derive the base design elements and setting, but feature a completely new layout. Most of the new courses are based on real-world cities, these being New York City, Tokyo, Paris, London, Vancouver, Los Angeles, and Berlin. Notably, Mario Kart Tour introduces course variations; each course has both an "R" (Reverse) and "T" (Trick)[15][16] variant. Courses marked with "R" are driven in backward orientation; the track will have alterations if necessary to make this possible. Courses marked with "T" feature many additional ramps and trickable obstacles, and are otherwise the same. "R/T" (Reverse/Trick) variants feature the elements of both reverse and trick courses.

New[edit]

Course Normal version Reverse variation Trick variation Reverse/Trick variation
New York Minute MKT Icon New York Minute.png MKT Icon New York Minute R.png MKT Icon New York Minute T.png MKT Icon New York Minute RT.png
Tokyo Blur MKT Icon Tokyo Blur.png MKT Icon Tokyo Blur R.png MKT Icon Tokyo Blur T.png MKT Icon Tokyo Blur RT.png
Paris Promenade MKT Icon Paris Promenade.png MKT Icon Paris Promenade R.png MKT Icon Paris Promenade T.png MKT Icon Paris Promenade RT.png
London Loop MKT Icon London Loop.png MKT Icon London Loop R.png MKT Icon London Loop T.png MKT Icon London Loop RT.png
New York Minute 2 MKT Icon New York Minute 2.png MKT Icon New York Minute 2R.png MKT Icon New York Minute 2T.png MKT Icon New York Minute 2RT.png
Tokyo Blur 2 MKT Icon Tokyo Blur 2.png MKT Icon Tokyo Blur 2R.png MKT Icon Tokyo Blur 2T.png MKT Icon Tokyo Blur 2RT.png
Paris Promenade 2 MKT Icon Paris Promenade 2.png MKT Icon Paris Promenade 2R.png MKT Icon Paris Promenade 2T.png MKT Icon Paris Promenade 2RT.png
Vancouver Velocity MKT Icon Vancouver Velocity.png MKT Icon Vancouver Velocity R.png MKT Icon Vancouver Velocity T.png MKT Icon Vancouver Velocity RT.png
London Loop 2 MKT Icon London Loop 2.png MKT Icon London Loop 2R.png MKT Icon London Loop 2T.png MKT Icon London Loop 2RT.png
Tokyo Blur 3 MKT Icon Tokyo Blur 3.png MKT Icon Tokyo Blur 3R.png MKT Icon Tokyo Blur 3T.png N/A
Los Angeles Laps MKT Icon Los Angeles Laps.png MKT Icon Los Angeles Laps R.png MKT Icon Los Angeles Laps T.png MKT Icon Los Angeles Laps RT.png
New York Minute 3 MKT Icon New York Minute 3.png MKT Icon New York Minute 3R.png MKT Icon New York Minute 3T.png MKT Icon New York Minute 3RT.png
Merry Mountain MKT Icon Merry Mountain.png MKT Icon Merry Mountain R.png MKT Icon Merry Mountain T.png N/A
Berlin Byways 2 MKT Icon Berlin Byways 2.png MKT Icon Berlin Byways 2R.png MKT Icon Berlin Byways 2T.png MKT Icon Berlin Byways 2RT.png
Tokyo Blur 4 MKT Icon Tokyo Blur 4.png MKT Icon Tokyo Blur 4R.png MKT Icon Tokyo Blur 4T.png MKT Icon Tokyo Blur 4RT.png
Ninja Hideaway MKT Icon Ninja Hideaway.png MKT Icon Ninja Hideaway R.png MKT Icon Ninja Hideaway T.png N/A

Remix[edit]

Course Normal version Reverse variation Trick variation Reverse/Trick variation
RMX Mario Circuit 1 MKT Icon RMX Mario Circuit 1.png MKT Icon RMX Mario Circuit 1R.png MKT Icon RMX Mario Circuit 1T.png MKT Icon RMX Mario Circuit 1RT.png
RMX Choco Island 1 MKT Icon RMX Choco Island 1.png MKT Icon RMX Choco Island 1R.png MKT Icon RMX Choco Island 1T.png N/A
RMX Rainbow Road 1 MKT Icon RMX Rainbow Road 1.png MKT Icon RMX Rainbow Road 1R.png MKT Icon RMX Rainbow Road 1T.png MKT Icon RMX Rainbow Road 1RT.png
RMX Rainbow Road 2 MKT Icon RMX Rainbow Road 2.png MKT Icon RMX Rainbow Road 2R.png MKT Icon RMX Rainbow Road 2T.png N/A
RMX Choco Island 2 MKT Icon RMX Choco Island 2.png MKT Icon RMX Choco Island 2R.png MKT Icon RMX Choco Island 2T.png N/A

Classic[edit]

Super Mario Kart (SNES)[edit]

Course Normal version Reverse variation Trick variation Reverse/Trick variation
Mario Circuit 1 MKT Icon Mario Circuit 1.png MKT Icon Mario Circuit 1R.png MKT Icon Mario Circuit 1T.png MKT Icon Mario Circuit 1RT.png
Donut Plains 1 MKT Icon Donut Plains 1.png MKT Icon Donut Plains 1R.png MKT Icon Donut Plains 1T.png MKT Icon Donut Plains 1RT.png
Ghost Valley 1 MKT Icon Ghost Valley 1.png MKT Icon Ghost Valley 1R.png MKT Icon Ghost Valley 1T.png MKT Icon Ghost Valley 1RT.png
Mario Circuit 2 MKT Icon Mario Circuit 2.png MKT Icon Mario Circuit 2R.png MKT Icon Mario Circuit 2T.png MKT Icon Mario Circuit 2RT.png
Choco Island 1 MKT Icon Choco Island 1.png MKT Icon Choco Island 1R.png MKT Icon Choco Island 1T.png N/A
Donut Plains 2 MKT Icon Donut Plains 2.png MKT Icon Donut Plains 2R.png MKT Icon Donut Plains 2T.png MKT Icon Donut Plains 2RT.png
Mario Circuit 3 MKT Icon Mario Circuit 3.png MKT Icon Mario Circuit 3R.png MKT Icon Mario Circuit 3T.png MKT Icon Mario Circuit 3RT.png
Choco Island 2 MKT Icon Choco Island 2.png MKT Icon Choco Island 2R.png MKT Icon Choco Island 2T.png MKT Icon Choco Island 2RT.png
Vanilla Lake 1 MKT Icon Vanilla Lake 1.png MKT Icon Vanilla Lake 1R.png MKT Icon Vanilla Lake 1T.png MKT Icon Vanilla Lake 1RT.png
Koopa Troopa Beach 2 MKT Icon Koopa Troopa Beach 2.png MKT Icon Koopa Troopa Beach 2R.png MKT Icon Koopa Troopa Beach 2T.png N/A
Rainbow Road MKT Icon SNES Rainbow Road.png MKT Icon SNES Rainbow Road R.png MKT Icon SNES Rainbow Road T.png MKT Icon SNES Rainbow Road RT.png

Mario Kart 64 (N64)[edit]

Course Normal version Reverse variation Trick variation Reverse/Trick variation
Koopa Troopa Beach MKT Icon Koopa Troopa Beach.png MKT Icon Koopa Troopa Beach R.png MKT Icon Koopa Troopa Beach T.png MKT Icon Koopa Troopa Beach RT.png
Kalimari Desert MKT Icon Kalimari Desert.png MKT Icon Kalimari Desert R.png MKT Icon Kalimari Desert T.png MKT Icon Kalimari Desert RT.png
Kalimari Desert 2[nb 1] MKT Icon Kalimari Desert 2.png MKT Icon Kalimari Desert 2R.png MKT Icon Kalimari Desert 2T.png N/A
Frappe Snowland MKT Icon Frappe Snowland.png MKT Icon Frappe Snowland R.png MKT Icon Frappe Snowland T.png MKT Icon Frappe Snowland RT.png
Choco Mountain MKT Icon Choco Mountain.png MKT Icon Choco Mountain R.png MKT Icon Choco Mountain T.png N/A
Royal Raceway MKT Icon Royal Raceway.png MKT Icon Royal Raceway R.png MKT Icon Royal Raceway T.png MKT Icon Royal Raceway RT.png
  1. ^ Despite featuring a new path layout, the overall environment used in N64 Kalimari Desert 2 is the same as in N64 Kalimari Desert and the course is categorized as an N64 course in-game.

Mario Kart: Super Circuit (GBA)[edit]

Course Normal version Reverse variation Trick variation Reverse/Trick variation
Bowser's Castle 1 MKT Icon GBA Bowser's Castle 1.png MKT Icon GBA Bowser's Castle 1R.png MKT Icon GBA Bowser's Castle 1T.png MKT Icon GBA Bowser's Castle 1RT.png
Bowser's Castle 2 MKT Icon GBA Bowser's Castle 2.png MKT Icon GBA Bowser's Castle 2R.png MKT Icon GBA Bowser's Castle 2T.png MKT Icon GBA Bowser's Castle 2RT.png
Sunset Wilds MKT Icon Sunset Wilds.png MKT Icon Sunset Wilds R.png MKT Icon Sunset Wilds T.png MKT Icon Sunset Wilds RT.png

Mario Kart: Double Dash!! (GCN)[edit]

Course Normal version Reverse variation Trick variation Reverse/Trick variation
Yoshi Circuit MKT Icon Yoshi Circuit.png MKT Icon Yoshi Circuit R.png MKT Icon Yoshi Circuit T.png MKT Icon Yoshi Circuit RT.png
Dino Dino Jungle MKT Icon Dino Dino Jungle.png MKT Icon Dino Dino Jungle R.png MKT Icon Dino Dino Jungle T.png MKT Icon Dino Dino Jungle RT.png

Mario Kart DS (DS)[edit]

Course Normal version Reverse variation Trick variation Reverse/Trick variation
Luigi's Mansion MKT Icon DS Luigi's Mansion.png MKT Icon DS Luigi's Mansion R.png MKT Icon DS Luigi's Mansion T.png MKT Icon DS Luigi's Mansion RT.png
Waluigi Pinball MKT Icon DS Waluigi Pinball.png MKT Icon DS Waluigi Pinball R.png MKT Icon DS Waluigi Pinball T.png MKT Icon DS Waluigi Pinball RT.png
DK Pass MKT Icon DK Pass.png MKT Icon DK Pass R.png MKT Icon DK Pass T.png MKT Icon DK Pass RT.png
Airship Fortress MKT Icon Airship Fortress.png MKT Icon Airship Fortress R.png MKT Icon Airship Fortress T.png N/A

Mario Kart Wii (Wii)[edit]

Course Normal version Reverse variation Trick variation Reverse/Trick variation
DK Summit MKT Icon DK Summit.png MKT Icon DK Summit R.png MKT Icon DK Summit T.png N/A
Maple Treeway MKT Icon Maple Treeway.png MKT Icon Maple Treeway R.png MKT Icon Maple Treeway T.png N/A

Mario Kart 7 (3DS)[edit]

Course Normal version Reverse variation Trick variation Reverse/Trick variation
Toad Circuit MKT Icon Toad Circuit.png MKT Icon Toad Circuit R.png MKT Icon Toad Circuit T.png MKT Icon Toad Circuit RT.png
Daisy Hills MKT Icon Daisy Hills.png MKT Icon Daisy Hills R.png MKT Icon Daisy Hills T.png MKT Icon Daisy Hills RT.png
Cheep Cheep Lagoon MKT Icon 3DS Cheep Cheep Lagoon.png MKT Icon 3DS Cheep Cheep Lagoon R.png MKT Icon 3DS Cheep Cheep Lagoon T.png MKT Icon 3DS Cheep Cheep Lagoon RT.png
Shy Guy Bazaar MKT Icon Shy Guy Bazaar.png MKT Icon Shy Guy Bazaar R.png MKT Icon Shy Guy Bazaar T.png MKT Icon Shy Guy Bazaar RT.png
Mario Circuit MKT Icon 3DS Mario Circuit.png MKT Icon 3DS Mario Circuit R.png MKT Icon 3DS Mario Circuit T.png MKT Icon 3DS Mario Circuit RT.png
Rock Rock Mountain MKT Icon Rock Rock Mountain.png MKT Icon Rock Rock Mountain R.png MKT Icon Rock Rock Mountain T.png N/A
Neo Bowser City MKT Icon Neo Bowser City.png MKT Icon Neo Bowser City R.png MKT Icon Neo Bowser City T.png MKT Icon Neo Bowser City RT.png
Rosalina's Ice World MKT Icon Rosalina's Ice World.png MKT Icon Rosalina's Ice World R.png MKT Icon Rosalina's Ice World T.png N/A
Rainbow Road MKT Icon 3DS Rainbow Road.png MKT Icon 3DS Rainbow Road R.png MKT Icon 3DS Rainbow Road T.png MKT Icon 3DS Rainbow Road RT.png

Other[edit]

Tours[edit]

Main article: List of tours in Mario Kart Tour

Each tour consists of a series of cups, with each cup containing three courses and a bonus challenge. The featured character of the cup has the preference for every course in it increased by one tier.

Tour Dates Week 1 spotlights Week 2 spotlights
New York Tour September 25, 2019 - October 8, 2019 MKT Icon Pauline.pngMKT Icon YellowTaxi.pngMKT Icon FareFlier.png Mario (Musician)MKT Icon BlueBadwagon.pngMKT Icon BulletBillParachute.png
Tokyo Tour October 9, 2019 - October 22, 2019 Peach (Kimono)MKT Icon Quickshaw.pngMKT Icon PurpleOilpaperUmbrella.png Mario (Hakama)MKT Icon KabukiDasher.pngMKT Icon FullFlight.png
Halloween Tour (2019) October 23, 2019 - November 5, 2019 Rosalina (Halloween)MKT Icon Trickster.pngMKT Icon WickedWings.png King Boo (Luigi's Mansion)MKT Icon GhostRide.pngMKT Icon RainyBalloons.png
Paris Tour November 6, 2019 - November 19, 2019 Peach (Vacation)MKT Icon Macharon.pngMKT Icon StrawberryCrepe.png Shy Guy (Pastry Chef)Carrot KartLe Tricolore
Winter Tour (2019) November 20, 2019 - December 3, 2019 Mario (Santa)MKT Icon Cheermellow.pngMKT Icon Starchute.png Pink Gold PeachMKT Icon WildfireFlyer.pngMKT Icon RoyalParachute.png
London Tour December 4, 2019 - December 17, 2019 Daisy (Holiday Cheer)MKT Icon RibbonRider.pngMKT Icon GlitterGlider.png Waluigi (Bus Driver)MKT Icon DoubleDecker.pngMKT Icon SoaringJack.png
Holiday Tour December 18, 2019 - December 31, 2019 Yoshi (Reindeer)MKT Icon JingleBells.pngMKT Icon GiftGlider.png Pauline (Party Time)MKT Icon PlatinumTaxi.pngMKT Icon NewYears2020.png
New Year's Tour January 1, 2020 - January 14, 2020 Mario (Happi)MKT Icon Quickshaw.pngMKT Icon NewYearsKite.png Toad (Party Time)MKT Icon GlamBruiser.pngMKT Icon FireworksParachute.png
Ice Tour January 15, 2020 - January 28, 2020 Peach (Wintertime)MKT Icon GildedPrancer.pngMKT Icon BlizzardParasol.png Penguin LuigiMKT Icon IcebluePoltergust.pngMKT Icon BlizzardBalloons.png
Valentine's Tour January 29, 2020 - February 11, 2020 Baby Peach (Cherub)MKT Icon AppleKart.png MKT Icon SweetheartGlider.png Peach (Vacation)Shy Guy (Pastry Chef)
Vancouver Tour February 12, 2020 - February 25, 2020 Rosalina (Aurora)MKT Icon CometTail.pngMKT Icon LumaParafoil.png Wario (Hiker)MKT Icon SnowSkimmer.pngMKT Icon RainbowStarchute.png
Mario Bros. Tour February 26, 2020 - March 10, 2020 Mario (Classic)MKT Icon Mario.pngMKT Icon Super1.png Luigi (Classic)MKT Icon Luigi.pngMKT Icon DasherII.png
Baby Rosalina Tour March 11, 2020 - March 24, 2020 Baby Rosalina (Detective)MKT Icon TeaCoupe.pngMKT Icon PlaidRibbon.png Waluigi (Bus Driver)RosalinaMKT Icon DoubleDecker.png
Hammer Bro Tour March 25, 2020 - April 7, 2020 MKT Icon HammerBro.pngMKT Icon BoomerangBro.pngMKT Icon RainyBalloons.png MKT Icon IceBro.pngMKT Icon FireBro.pngMKT Icon BlizzardBalloons.png
Yoshi Tour (2020) April 8, 2020 - April 21, 2020 Yoshi (Egg Hunt)MKT Icon BrightBunny.pngMKT Icon BrightGlider.png MKT Icon Birdo.pngBirdo (Light Blue)Birdo (Yellow)MKT Icon TurboBirdo.pngMKT Icon LightblueTurboBirdo.pngMKT Icon YellowTurboBirdo.png
Trick Tour April 22, 2020 - May 5, 2020 MKT Icon BuilderMario.pngMKT Icon DozerDasher.pngMKT Icon SafetyGlider.png Builder ToadMKT Icon ClankyKart.pngMKT Icon Starchute.png
Flower Tour May 6, 2020 - May 19, 2020 Daisy (Fairy) MKT Icon Prancer.pngMKT Icon DaisyGlider.png MKT Icon MontyMole.pngQueen BeeMKT Icon HeartBalloons.png
Jungle Tour May 20, 2020 - June 2, 2020 MKT Icon FunkyKong.pngMKT Icon BoltBuggy.pngMKT Icon BananaWingtip.png MKT Icon DixieKong.pngMKT Icon Offroader.pngMKT Icon PinkFlowerGlider.png
Cooking Tour June 3, 2020 - June 16, 2020 Mario (Chef)MKT Icon ChocoMacharon.pngMKT Icon ChocolateDonut.png Shy Guy (Pastry Chef)Baby Peach (Cherub)MKT Icon Macharon.pngMKT Icon AppleKart.pngMKT Icon StrawberryCrepe.pngMKT Icon SweetheartGlider.png
Peach Tour June 17, 2020 - June 30, 2020 Peach (Wedding)MKT Icon SweetDaytripper.pngMKT Icon SilverBells.png Peach (Vacation)Peach (Wintertime)MKT Icon PinkGoldPeach.pngMKT Icon WildfireFlyer.pngMKT Icon RoyalParachute.png
Marine Tour July 1, 2020 - July 14, 2020 Rosalina (Swimwear)MKT Icon BlueSoda.pngMKT Icon LumaParafoil.png Mario (Swimwear)MKT Icon CheepSnorkel.pngMKT Icon BlooperWingtip.png
Exploration Tour July 15, 2020 - July 28, 2020 MKT Icon CaptainToad.pngMKT Icon ClankyKart.pngMKT Icon TreasureMap.png Toadette (Explorer)MKT Icon ClacketyKart.pngMKT Icon PinkGoldPaperGlider.png
Wild West Tour July 29, 2020 - August 11, 2020 Wario (Cowboy)MKT Icon BrownOffroader.pngMKT Icon RainbowStarchute.png MKT Icon Nabbit.pngMKT Icon CarrotKart.pngMKT Icon NabbitOilpaperUmbrella.png
Pirate Tour August 12, 2020 - August 25, 2020 Bowser Jr. (Pirate) MKT Icon PirateSushiRacer.png MKT Icon LightningOilpaper.png MKT Icon KingBobomb.pngMKT Icon SilverBulletBlaster.pngMKT Icon BobombParafoil.png
Summer Festival Tour August 26, 2020 - September 8, 2020 Daisy (Yukata)MKT Icon FestivalGirl.pngMKT Icon CrimsonCrane.png Peach (Kimono)Mario (Hakama)Mario (Happi)MKT Icon Quickshaw.pngMKT Icon KabukiDasher.pngMKT Icon GlamBruiser.pngMKT Icon PurpleOilpaperUmbrella.pngMKT Icon FullFlight.pngMKT Icon FireworksParachute.png
Super Mario Kart Tour September 9, 2020 - September 22, 2020 Mario (SNES)MKT Icon 8BitPipeFrame.pngMKT Icon 8BitJumpingMario.png Donkey Kong Jr. (SNES)MKT Icon DKMaximum.png? Block
Los Angeles Tour September 23, 2020 - October 6, 2020 Mario (Sunshine)MKT Icon SurfSailer.pngMKT Icon Starchute.png MKT Icon FunkyKong.pngMKT Icon DixieKong.pngMKT Icon BoltBuggy.pngMKT Icon Offroader.pngMKT Icon BananaWingtip.pngMKT Icon PinkFlowerGlider.png
1st Anniversary Tour October 7, 2020 - October 20, 2020 MKT Icon Pauline.pngMario (Hakama)Peach (Vacation)Waluigi (Bus Driver)Rosalina (Aurora) Mario (Musician)Peach (Kimono)Shy Guy (Pastry Chef)Baby Rosalina (Detective)Wario (Hiker)
Halloween Tour (2020) October 21, 2020 - November 3, 2020 Mario (Halloween)MKT Icon PumpkinKart.pngMKT Icon ButterflySunset.png Peach (Halloween)MKT Icon DarkTrickster.pngMKT Icon SpiderGlider.png
Sunset Tour November 4, 2020 - November 17, 2020 Peach (Explorer)MKT Icon Offroader.pngMKT Icon SunsetBalloons.png MKT Icon CaptainToad.pngToadette (Explorer)MKT Icon ClankyKart.pngMKT Icon ClacketyKart.pngMKT Icon TreasureMap.png MKT Icon PinkGoldPaperGlider.png
Mario vs. Luigi Tour November 18, 2020 - December 1, 2020 MKT Icon BuilderMario.pngBuilder LuigiMKT Icon SnowSkimmer.pngMKT Icon DozerDasher.pngMKT Icon RainbowStarchute.pngMKT Icon SafetyGlider.png Wario (Cowboy)Waluigi (Bus Driver)Red TaxiPlatinum TaxiBullet Bill ParachuteCloud Glider
Winter Tour (2020) December 2, 2020 - December 15, 2020 Bowser (Santa)MKT Icon HolidayKing.pngMKT Icon JollyBells.png Mario (Santa)Yoshi (Reindeer)MKT Icon Cheermellow.pngMKT Icon JingleBells.pngMKT Icon Starchute.pngMKT Icon GiftGlider.png
Rosalina Tour December 16, 2020 - December 29, 2020 Fire RosalinaMKT Icon AppleKart.pngMKT Icon ButterflyPrism.png Rosalina (Halloween)Rosalina (Aurora)Rosalina (Swimwear)MKT Icon PoisonAppleKart.pngMKT Icon CometTail.pngMKT Icon BlueSoda.pngMKT Icon WickedWings.pngMKT Icon LumaParafoil.pngMKT Icon GreatSail.png
New Year's 2021 Tour December 30, 2020 - January 12, 2021 Lakitu (Party Time)Toad (Party Time)Pauline (Party Time)MKT Icon PartyWing.pngMKT Icon GlamBruiser.pngMKT Icon PlatinumTaxi.pngMKT Icon NewYearsKite.pngMKT Icon FireworksParachute.pngMKT Icon HeartBalloons.png Mario (Hakama)Mario (Happi)Mario (Classic)MKT Icon BuilderMario.pngMario (Chef)Mario (Swimwear)Mario (SNES)Mario (Sunshine)Mario (Halloween)
Berlin Tour January 13, 2021 - January 26, 2021 Luigi (Lederhosen)MKT Icon FastFrank.pngMKT Icon ButterflyWings.png Penguin LuigiLuigi (Classic)Builder LuigiMKT Icon SushiRacer.pngMKT Icon BlooperWingtip.png
Cat Tour January 27, 2021 - February 9, 2021 Cat PeachMKT Icon CatCruiser.pngMKT Icon ToeBeanBalloons.png Cat ToadMKT Icon BlueSoda.pngMKT Icon CheepCheepMasks.png
Peach vs. Daisy Tour February 10, 2021 - February 23, 2021 Peach (Wedding)Daisy (Fairy)MKT Icon SweetDaytripper.pngMKT Icon Prancer.pngMKT Icon SilverBells.pngMKT Icon DaisyGlider.png Mario (Chef)Shy Guy (Pastry Chef)MKT Icon ChocoMacharon.pngMKT Icon Macharon.pngMKT Icon ChocolateBananaCrepe.pngMKT Icon StrawberryCrepe.png
Snow Tour February 24, 2021 - March 9, 2021 Penguin ToadPenguin LuigiMKT Icon BlackPenguinSlider.pngMKT Icon SteelDriver.pngMKT Icon RainyBalloons.pngMKT Icon BlooperWingtip.png Peach (Wintertime)Wario (Hiker)MKT Icon GildedPrancer.pngMKT Icon SnowSkimmer.pngMKT Icon BlizzardParasol.pngMKT Icon RainbowStarchute.png
Mario Tour March 10, 2021 - March 23, 2021 Mario (Racing)MKT Icon BDasherMk2.pngMKT Icon MushroomGlider.png Mario (Hakama)Mario (Happi)Mario (SNES)MKT Icon KabukiDasher.pngMKT Icon Quickshaw.pngMKT Icon 8BitPipeFrame.pngMKT Icon FullFlight.pngMKT Icon FireworksParachute.pngMKT Icon 8BitStar.png
Yoshi Tour (2021) March 24, 2021 - April 6, 2021 White YoshiYoshi (Egg Hunt)MKT Icon WhiteTurboYoshi.pngMKT Icon BrightBunny.pngMKT Icon BrightGlider.png MKT Icon Birdo.pngBirdo (Light Blue)Birdo (Yellow)Birdo (Black)MKT Icon TurboBirdo.pngMKT Icon LightblueTurboBirdo.pngMKT Icon YellowTurboBirdo.pngMKT Icon BlackTurboBirdo.png
Ninja Tour April 7, 2021 - April 20, 2021 Shy Guy (Ninja)MKT Icon JadeHopRod.pngMKT Icon NinjaScroll.png Peach (Kimono)Daisy (Yukata)MKT Icon SakuraQuickshaw.pngMKT Icon FestivalGirl.pngMKT Icon PurpleOilpaperUmbrella.pngMKT Icon FestivalWings.png

Drivers[edit]

Main article: List of drivers in Mario Kart Tour
See also: Mario Kart Tour in-game statistics.

There are currently 117 playable characters (118 if including Gold Mario, who appears exclusively in Coin Rush mode) in Mario Kart Tour, the largest amount of playable characters in a Mario game. 10 new characters are introduced. Upon launching the game for the first time, player will be given either Toad, Toadette, or Peachette.[19] After the tutorial they are granted a free pipe launch which grants either Peach, Bowser, Metal Mario,[20] or Dry Bowser.[21] Unlike other Mario Kart games, characters are sorted by their rarity of unlocking them, via opening up randomized green or gold pipes with rubies. There are three tiers of rarity: Normal, Super, and High-End. While the Normal drivers are generally easier to obtain from pipes, tour gifts, or the shop, rarer drivers have a greater amount of base points, higher chances to activate Frenzy mode, and more favored and favorite courses. By using a driver on favored or favorite courses, they can obtain up to three items at one time from Item Boxes.

The driver list as it appears in-game in the 2021 Yoshi Tour.

Karts, gliders, and tires[edit]

Main article: List of karts, gliders, and tires in Mario Kart Tour

There are currently 154 karts (155 if including the Gold Standard, which appears exclusively in Coin Rush mode) and 109 gliders in Mario Kart Tour, the most of any Mario Kart game. Several karts and gliders return from previous installments, though new ones also appear alongside variants of existing ones; these variants share their in-game model, differing by textures, and are grouped together within the internal files. Like drivers, karts and gliders are organized by three tiers of rarity: Normal, Super, and High-End. Each kart and glider has its own special skill that provides specific benefits during a race; karts give bonus points for performing a particular technique while gliders increase the chance of obtaining a particular item from Item Boxes as well as the points gained from using that item. Each kart and glider also has its own favored and favorite courses, and using a kart or glider on such courses increases their bonus points multiplier, or combo bonus and combo-time, respectively.

Unlike in Mario Kart 7, Mario Kart 8, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, tires are not customizable, being set to a specific kart, and have no effect on stats.

Items[edit]

Frenzy[edit]

Main article: Frenzy

Depending on the selected driver and course they are used on, players can get one to three items at once. In the case that a character gets three of the same item, they will activate the new Frenzy Mode, in which they immediately activate Super Star power, and can charge all the Mini-Turbo stages much more quickly and can use unlimited supplies of the respective item until the invincibility runs out. Any item can appear in Frenzy Mode, except for the Star, which is exclusive to certain bonus challenges.

The probability of obtaining a Frenzy depends on the current position and lap and on the driver chosen. In particular, the current position and lap define a base probability that is then summed to a bonus depending on the rarity and skill level of the driver chosen. The resulting probability is capped at 50%, even if the sum exceeds said value.

The following is the base probability of a Frenzy in single player races used in the 2020 Halloween Tour,[22]. Since only two laps are coded, three-sectioned courses presumably reuse one of those two rows for one of their sections.

Base probability of a Frenzy in single player races
Position 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th
First lap 5 6 7 9 13 15 18 22
Second lap 6 7 11 12 18 22 29 41

Multiplayer races use different Frenzy probabilities.[23]

Base probability of a Frenzy in multiplayer races
Position 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th
First lap 1 2 4 6 10 14 17 21
Second lap 3 4 8 9 15 22 32 50

Item Box items[edit]

Items function mostly the same as in previous installments in the series. As in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, every character has their own special item that most other characters cannot obtain. By upgrading drivers to certain levels, they can obtain improved special items: Normal drivers to level 7, Super drivers to level 5 or higher, and High-End drivers to level 4 or higher.

The game introduces ten new items to the series: the Double Bob-ombs, the Ice Flower, the Bubble, the Banana Barrels, the Mushroom Cannon, the Coin Box, the Dash Ring, the Bob-omb Cannon, the Giga Bob-omb, and the Super Bell, all of which are character-exclusive items. Several items that have been absent from recent entries in the series also return in this game, including Bowser's Shell, Yoshi's Egg/Birdo's Egg, the Giant Banana, the Heart, and the Mega Mushroom from Mario Kart Wii; the former four (from Mario Kart: Double Dash!!) are all special items, while the lattermost is a regular item. Additionally, the Hammer item from the Mario Kart Arcade GP series appears in this game for the first time in a mainline Mario Kart game as a special item.

The probabilities used in single player mode outside of Frenzies are reported. It is possible that the first item boxes of the races use different probabilities. The probability of common items can be increased by using gliders with the respective item skill. The actual probability is calculated as (item probability + glider bonus)/(sum of the probabilities of the eligible items); when no item can be obtained, a Coin is obtained instead. For the detailed probabilities of obtaining an item when an Item Box is opened, see Mario Kart Tour item probability distributions.

Image Name Description Drivers Single player base probability
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th
MKT Icon Banana.png Banana "Don't let this one give you the slip! Your kart will spin out if you hit one. You can carry one behind your kart to protect yourself from a single attack." All 35 12 20 15 0 0 0 0
MKT Icon Triple Bananas.png Triple Bananas "Three bananas revolve around your kart. Tap the screen to throw them all at once and they'll land all lined up in a nice, tidy row!" Waluigi (Bus Driver)MKT Icon DixieKong.pngDonkey Kong Jr. (SNES) 20 15 35 30 25 0 0 0
Triple Bananas+ "Increases your chances of getting Triple Bananas. Plus, the bananas revolve faster!"
MKT Icon Giant Banana.png Giant Banana "Not only does this big banana spin out karts that hit it, but after being struck it breaks into three regular-sized Bananas. The only banana split you'll be sad to see!" MortonMKT Icon DonkeyKong.pngMario (Sunshine) 20 15 35 30 25 0 0 0
Giant Banana+ "Boosts your chances to get a Giant Banana. And when you do, it splits into even more bananas!"
MKT Icon Green Shell.png Green Shell "Flies straight and crashes any kart it hits. Keep it behind your kart to protect yourself from a single attack." All 20 15 20 18 8 8 0 0
MKT Icon Triple Green Shells.png Triple Green Shells "Three Green Shells revolve around your kart. Tap the screen to throw all of them at once and they'll fly in a straight line." MKT Icon KoopaTroopa.pngMKT Icon DryBones.pngIggyMKT Icon Lakitu.pngGreen Shy Guy 0 30 20 25 35 15 0 0
Triple Green Shells+ "Increases your chances of getting Triple Green Shells. The shells will revolve faster."
MKT Icon Red Shell.png Red Shell "Homes in on a kart in front of you and crashes whatever it hits. Keep it behind your kart to protect yourself from a single attack." All 0 48 20 20 25 17 0 0
MKT Icon Spiny Shell.png Spiny Shell "Chases down the kart in 1st place, crashing through anyone it hits before reaching its target. This will make you regret being in 1st place! Or even near the kart in 1st place..." All 0 0 0 0 5 5 3 0
MKT Icon Bowser's Shell.png Bowser's Shell "This big ol' shell on loan from Bowser will crash any karts it hits and keep on going. It can only be thrown forward." MKT Icon Bowser.pngMKT Icon BowserJr.pngMKT Icon DryBowser.png 0 0 15 35 40 30 30 0
Bowser's Shell+ "Bowser's Shell is bigger and a little better at tracking opponents."
MKT Icon Bob-omb.png Bob-omb "This will walk towards opponents who get too close, and then explode when it touches a kart or when some time has passed. Karts caught in its blast will crash." All 1 3 10 15 10 10 0 0
MKT Icon Double Bob-ombs.png Double Bob-ombs (new) "Two Bob-ombs will revolve around your kart. Tap the screen to throw them both at once. Two is better than one, right?" MKT Icon ShyGuy.pngRoyMKT Icon Wario.pngMKT Icon Waluigi.pngMario (Musician)MKT Icon BlackYoshi.pngMKT Icon ToadetteExplorer.png 0 30 20 25 35 15 0 0
Double Bob-ombs+ "Adds a Bob-omb so you can attack with 3 Bob-ombs."
MKT Icon Mushroom.png Mushroom "This classic item gives your kart a speed boost. Doesn't get much simpler than that!" All 5 12 25 29 20 25 30 21
MKT Icon Triple Mushrooms.png Triple Mushrooms "Why use just one Mushroom when you can use three? Tap the screen to use them all at once for a longer-lasting speed boost." MKT Icon Toad.pngMKT Icon Toadette.pngMario (Classic)Peach (Wedding)Mario (SNES)Luigi (Lederhosen)Mario (Racing)White Yoshi 0 0 15 35 40 30 30 0
Triple Mushrooms+ "Increases your chances of getting Triple Mushrooms and extends the dash time by a little."
MKT Icon Mega Mushroom.png Mega Mushroom "Increases your kart's size, allowing you to crash any opponents you hit. You'll return to regular size after some time or when you're hit by an item." All 0 0 0 0 27 30 40 30
MKT Icon Bullet Bill.png Bullet Bill "Transforms you into a Bullet Bill for a set amount of time. You'll dash forward with all the power of a Bullet Bill and crash any opponents that you hit." All 0 0 0 0 0 0 25 40
MKT Icon Blooper.png Blooper "Squirts ink onto the karts in a higher position than yours, blinding the other drivers for a set amount of time. You can wipe the ink off by swiping the screen." All 0 0 0 3 5 5 0 0
MKT Icon Lightning.png Lightning "Calls down lightning to spin out your opponents and destroy the items they hold. Those struck will be smaller and slower for a set amount of time." All 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 9
MKT Icon Fire Flower.png Fire Flower "Three fireballs will revolve around your kart. Tap the screen to throw them all at once, spinning out any kart they hit. You're really burning up the track now!" MKT Icon Mario.pngMKT Icon Luigi.pngRed Koopa (Freerunning)MKT Icon FireBro.pngMetal MarioMario (Santa)Daisy (Yukata)Peach (Halloween)Fire RosalinaPauline (Rose)Wario (Cowboy) 0 30 20 25 35 15 0 0
Fire Flower+ "Adds another fireball, allowing you to throw four total."
MKT Icon Boomerang Flower.png Boomerang Flower "Tap the screen to throw a boomerang. Not only will it spin out any karts it hits, but it will collect any surrounding Coins for you, too." MKT Icon BabyMario.pngMKT Icon BabyLuigi.pngLarryToad (Pit Crew)MKT Icon BoomerangBro.pngShy Guy (Ninja) 0 30 20 25 35 15 0 0
Boomerang Flower+ "Adds another Boomerang, allowing you to throw two total!"
MKT Icon Ice Flower.png Ice Flower (new) "Three balls of ice will revolve around your kart. Tap the screen to throw them all at once and they'll freeze any kart they hit, causing them to slide." MKT Icon IceBro.pngPenguin LuigiIce MarioRosalina (Aurora) 0 30 20 25 35 15 0 0
Ice Flower+ "Adds another iceball, allowing you to throw four total!"
MKT Icon Super Horn.png Super Horn "The loudness of this horn will blow away any surrounding items and karts. It can repel Bloopers, and even Spiny Shells!" All 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
MKT Icon Coin.png Coin "This gives you two Coins. It's used automatically once you pick it up." All 35 10 5 0 0 0 0 0
MKT Icon Heart.png Heart "This protective Heart revolves around your kart for a set amount of time, shielding you from attacks. It will vanish upon taking damage. You can stack up to five at once." WendyPeachDaisyPink Shy GuyBaby Peach (Cherub)Daisy (Fairy) 0 0 15 35 40 30 30 0
Heart+ "You get 1 additional Heart! The additional Heart runs out quickly so make it count!"
MKT Icon Yoshi's Egg.png Yoshi's Egg "Homes in on the kart in front of you and crashes once it hits. Three more items will fly out when it breaks. It's the item that keeps on giving!" MKT Icon Yoshi.pngRed YoshiYoshi (Reindeer)Yoshi (Egg Hunt) 0 30 20 25 35 15 0 0
Yoshi's Egg+ "Yoshi's Egg is bigger and it releases an additional item."
MKT Icon Birdo's Egg.png Birdo's Egg "Homes in on the kart in front of you and crashes once it hits. Three more items will fly out when it breaks. It's the item that keeps on giving!" MKT Icon Birdo.pngBirdo (Light Blue)Birdo (Yellow) 0 30 20 25 35 15 0 0
Birdo's Egg+ "Birdo's Egg is bigger and it releases an additional item."
MKT Icon Bubble.png Bubble (new) "Briefly envelops your kart and protects you from damage for a set time. While in the bubble, you will get a speed boost and float in the air. Watch out, because it will vanish upon taking damage!" MKT Icon BabyPeach.pngMKT Icon BabyDaisy.pngMKT Icon BabyRosalina.pngLemmy 0 0 15 35 40 30 30 0
Bubble+ "Increases the Bubble's movement speed."
MKT Icon Banana Barrels.png Banana Barrels (new) "Arm your kart with two fully-loaded barrels of Bananas! Continually shoots out Bananas in front of your kart for a set time." MKT Icon DiddyKong.pngMKT Icon FunkyKong.png 0 0 15 35 40 30 30 0
Banana Barrels+ "The barrels will sometimes fire Giant Bananas."
MKT Icon Mushroom Cannon.png Mushroom Cannon (new) "A cannon designed to resemble a Mushroom. Continually shoots out Mushrooms in front of your kart for a set time." MKT Icon MontyMole.pngMKT Icon Peachette.pngPeach (Kimono)Toad (Party Time)Shy Guy (Pastry Chef) 0 0 15 35 40 30 30 0
Mushroom Cannon+ "Fires a larger payload of Mushrooms in three directions."
MKT Icon Lucky Seven.png Lucky Seven "Seven items (Red Shell, Banana, Green Shell, Bob-omb, Super Horn, Mushroom, and Blooper) revolve around your kart. Tap the screen to use all seven items at once." MKT Icon KingBoo.pngMKT Icon Pauline.pngDaisy (Holiday Cheer)Luigi (Classic)Mario (Chef)Mario (Halloween)MKT Icon Nabbit.pngLakitu (Party Time) 0 0 15 35 40 30 30 0
Lucky Seven+ "3 coins are added to the items that appear."
MKT Icon Coin Box.png Coin Box (new) "A box with a golden sheen. Generates a large amount of Coins in front of your kart for a set time." Mario (Hakama)Peach (Vacation)MKT Icon PinkGoldPeach.pngPauline (Party Time)Rosalina (Swimwear)Gold Koopa (Freerunning)Dry Bones (Gold)King Boo (Gold)Bowser (Santa)King Bob-omb (Gold)
MKT Icon GoldMario.png (Coin Rush)
20 15 35 30 25 0 0 0
Coin Box+ "This will sometimes spit out red coins."
MKT Icon Dash Ring.png Dash Ring (new) "Tosses out three rings in front of you along the track. Pass through them for a speed boost!" LudwigMKT Icon Rosalina.pngBlue YoshiRosalina (Halloween)Peach (Wintertime)Baby Rosalina (Detective)Mario (Swimwear)Penguin Toad 0 0 15 35 40 30 30 0
Dash Ring+ "Gives you two more rings for five total, increasing your total boost potential."
MKT Icon Bob-omb Cannon.png Bob-omb Cannon (new) "A dangerous cannon fueled by red-hot coals! Continually shoots out Bob-ombs in front of your kart for a set time." MKT Icon BlackShyGuy.pngMario (Happi)Builder ToadPeach (Explorer)King Boo (Luigi's Mansion)Wario (Hiker)Dry Bowser (Gold)Bowser Jr. (Pirate)Birdo (Black) 0 0 15 35 40 30 30 0
Bob-omb Cannon+ "Adds another Bob-omb Cannon, allowing you to fire even more Bob-ombs."
MKT Icon Star.png Super Star "Turns you invincible for a time. Your kart will be faster and any karts you hit will crash." Single player
All (Item appears in certain bonus challenges, and Frenzy mode in normal races)
N/A
Multiplayer
All (Item appears in rulesets with less than 3 item slots, and Frenzy mode in rulesets with 3 item slots)
MKT Icon Hammer.png Hammer "Throws multiple Hammers in an arc aimed at karts in front of yours." MKT Icon HammerBro.pngMKT Icon BuilderMario.pngMKT Icon CaptainToad.pngBuilder Luigi 0 30 20 25 35 15 0 0
Hammer+ "You'll get two extra hammers to throw, widening the strike zone."
MKT Icon Giga Bob-omb.png Giga Bob-omb (new) "This giga-sized Bob-omb can only be thrown forward. after being thrown, it will explode after hitting a kart or bouncing 3 times. It has a larger blast radius than a standard Bob-omb." MKT Icon KingBobomb.pngShy Guy (Gold) 0 0 15 35 40 30 30 0
Giga Bob-omb+ "Giga Bob-omb is bigger and its blast radius is a bit wider!"
MKT Icon Super Bell.png Super Bell (new) "A bell rings above the driver, knocking away nearby karts and items. The bell rings three consecutive times." Cat PeachCat Toad 0 0 15 35 40 30 30 0
Super Bell+ "The bell rings one additional time, and it lasts longer."

Inventory items[edit]

These items are collected throughout the course of the game through various means, such as challenges, log-in bonuses, and Tour Gifts.

Image Name Description
MKT Icon Coins.png MKT Icon Coins 2.png MKT Icon Coins 3.png Coin Coins gathered during races are used to purchase items and characters in shops. Only 300 coins (or 600 coins for Gold Pass subscribers) can be obtained in normal races per day. Players can obtain additional coins from challenge rewards, Coin Rush, and other methods once the cap has been reached.
MKT Icon 1Ruby.png MKT Icon Ruby.png MKT Icon Ruby 2.png
MKT Icon Ruby 3.png MKT Icon Ruby 4.png MKT Icon Ruby 5.png
Ruby Special currency used to play Coin Rush without the Coin Rush ticket or fire pipes containing drivers, karts and gliders.
MKT Icon Eventtoken.png Event token Special currency used in Token Shops.
MKT Icon TeamtokenMario.png MKT Icon TeamtokenLuigi.png MKT Icon TeamtokenPeach.png MKT Icon TeamtokenDaisy.png Team token Special currency used in Team Rallies and Token Shops.
MKT Icon GrandStar.png Grand Star Rewards from achieving specified race scores and completing challenges. The more Grand Stars a player obtains, the more cups they can participate in and the more presents they can receive in each tour. If all of the tour gifts have been opened, coins will be awarded instead. Once a tour ends, the total number of Grand Stars resets to zero.
MKT Icon ItemTicket.png Item ticket Allows the player to instantaneously receive an Item Box during normal races. Only one ticket can be used per race.
MKT Icon Point-boostticket1.pngMKT Icon Point-boostticket2.pngMKT Icon Point-boostticket3.png Point-boost ticket Provides 50 experience points to the base points of drivers, karts or gliders. If the base points of a driver, kart or glider are already at maximum, no more point-boost tickets can be used.
MKT Icon Level-boostticket1.pngMKT Icon Level-boostticket2.pngMKT Icon Level-boostticket3.png
MKT Icon Level-boostticket4.pngMKT Icon Level-boostticket5.pngMKT Icon Level-boostticket6.png
MKT Icon Level-boostticket7.pngMKT Icon Level-boostticket8.pngMKT Icon Level-boostticket9.png
Level-boost ticket Increases the skill level of drivers, karts or gliders by one unit. The type of ticket must match the rarity. If the skill level of a driver, kart or glider is already Level 7, no more level-boost tickets can be used.
MKT Icon Points-capticket1.pngMKT Icon Points-capticket2.pngMKT Icon Points-capticket3.png
MKT Icon Points-capticket4.pngMKT Icon Points-capticket5.pngMKT Icon Points-capticket6.png
MKT Icon Points-capticket7.pngMKT Icon Points-capticket8.pngMKT Icon Points-capticket9.png
Points-cap ticket Increases the cap of the base points of drivers, karts or gliders. The type of ticket must match the rarity. If the maximum base points of a driver, kart or glider can no longer be unlocked, no more points-cap tickets can be used.
MKT Icon CoinRushTicket.png Coin Rush ticket Allows players to participate in the Coin Rush mode of the current Tour once without spending Rubies.
MKT Icon StarTicket.png Star ticket Grants a Grand Star.
MKT Icon QuickTicket.png Quick ticket Subtracts a day out of the remaining time needed to unlock locked cups of the current tour.

Course elements[edit]

The following table lists elements that slow racers down, crash them, offer them a Jump Boost and/or simply give them points when interacted with in a certain way. For ways to obtain bonus points from these interactions, see Mario Kart Tour race points system § Object interactions.

Subject Location Description Can give points
MKT Banzai Bill.jpg
Banzai Bill
DS Airship Fortress, R, T A larger variant of Bullet Bills that travel in a straight line. When a driver collides with a Banzai Bill, they spin out. Yes
MKT barrel.png
Barrel
DS Airship Fortress R An obstacle that breaks upon collision with a racer, slowing them down if they are not invincible or Mega. Yes
3DS Cheep Cheep Lagoon (Break Item Boxes)
London Loop, R, T
London Loop 2, R, T
MKT Bowser Barrel.png
Barrel Bomb
SNES Mario Circuit 1 (Goomba Takedown) An explosive object that can be triggered by throwing a projectile or by driving into it. Upon exploding, a Barrel Bomb will also cause other Barrel Bombs within range to detonate and defeat any nearby Goombas. Some Barrel Bombs stand on the ground, while others float or fly using propellers. Yes
GBA Bowser's Castle 2, R, T
GCN Dino Dino Jungle (Goomba Takedown)
DS Luigi's Mansion (Goomba Takedown)
DS DK Pass (Goomba Takedown)
DS Airship Fortress (Goomba Takedown)
3DS Shy Guy Bazaar (Steer Clear of Obstacles)
3DS Rock Rock Mountain (Steer Clear of Obstacles)
3DS Neo Bowser City (Goomba Takedown)
London Loop 2 (Steer Clear of Obstacles)
RMX Rainbow Road 2 (Goomba Takedown)
MKT Big Piranha Plant ground.png
Big Piranha Plant (ground)
SNES Choco Island 2R/T Piranha Plant variants found on the track. When a driver collides with a Big Piranha Plant, they spin out. Yes
GCN Yoshi Circuit (Steer Clear of Obstacles)
MKT Big Piranha Plant.png
Big Piranha Plant (pipe)
SNES Choco Island 1 (Steer Clear of Obstacles) Big Piranha Plants that reside in pipes behave like the Piranha Plants found on GCN Yoshi Circuit, lunging at racers who drive nearby. Those found in Paris Promenade, Paris Promenade 2, and their versions also periodically turn to a different direction. Yes
SNES Choco Island 2T, R/T
SNES Ghost Valley 1R
N64 Royal Raceway (Steer Clear of Obstacles)
GCN Yoshi Circuit (Steer Clear of Obstacles)
Paris Promenade, R, T, R/T
Paris Promenade 2, R, T
RMX Mario Circuit 1 (Glider Challenge), R/T
RMX Rainbow Road 2T
MKT Big Sidestepper.png
Big Sidestepper
N64 Koopa Troopa Beach (Steer Clear of Obstacles, Glider Challenge) Larger variants of Sidesteppers that shuffle back and forth, spinning out any drivers that touch them. TBD
3DS Cheep Cheep Lagoon (Steer Clear of Obstacles)
MKT Bumper.png
Bumper
DS Waluigi Pinball, R, T, R/T An object that bounces metal balls and racers off when they collide with it. Some bumpers are stationary, while others move around in circles. Racers can get a Jump Boost by bouncing on top of a bumper, which is possible in DS Waluigi Pinball T after they drive off a ramp. Yes
(through Jump Boosts)
MKT Burner.jpg
Burner
DS Airship Fortress, R, T Flames that slowly move back and forth, burning and spinning out any racers that touch them. No
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Chain Chomp (chained)
SNES Mario Circuit 2T A large chained enemy that lunges towards racers who drive past it, flipping them over if it reaches them. Yes
SNES Mario Circuit 3R/T
London Loop, R, T, R/T
London Loop 2, R, T
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Chain Chomp (unchained)
3DS Rainbow Road A large obstacle that rolls around in circles. They are found on the planet portion of the racetrack and flip drivers over when they roll into them. Yes
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Cheep Cheep
SNES Koopa Troopa Beach 2, R Fish that swim around in a body of water or flop about on land. When bumped into, they simply cause a driver to lose some speed. Yes
3DS Cheep Cheep Lagoon, R, T, R/T
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Clampy
3DS Cheep Cheep Lagoon, R, T An oyster enemy that periodically opens and closes its valves to reveal objects such as coins and Item Boxes that racers can drive into to collect. If a Clampy closes its valves in on a racer, it will flip them over. Yes
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Crate
DS Airship Fortress, R, T An object that slows down any racer that collides with it. When hit, crates break and release an item such as a Banana or Mushroom. Yes
London Loop, R, T
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Exploring Shy Guy
GBA Sunset Wilds, R, T, R/T An enemy that moves back and forth across the track, causing any drivers that come into contact with it to spin out. Yes
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Festive tree
Every course for the duration of the 2019 Winter Tour, the London Tour, the first week of the Holiday Tour, and the 2020 Winter Tour A decorative element that shakes when hit with a shell or a Bob-omb or by driving into it while invincible or Mega. Yes
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Flipper
DS Waluigi Pinball, R, T, R/T An object that sends metal balls in another direction when they collide with it. Racers that drive into a flipper will crash. No
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Flying Shy Guy
3DS Shy Guy Bazaar, R, T Shy Guys that use magic carpets to fly around. Flying Shy Guys appear above the glider section. Colliding with a Flying Shy Guy will cause racers to lose air speed. Yes
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Goat
3DS Daisy Hills, R, T, R/T Obstacles that walk around the track slowly. Racers that drive into them spin out. Yes
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Goomba
Any course where a Goomba Takedown bonus challenge takes place Short enemies that stand in the racers' way or walk left and right. They can be taken out with an offensive item or by simply driving into them, although the latter will also cause the racer to spin out if they are not in an invincible or Mega state. They can also be defeated by landing on them while gliding or after driving off a ramp, which gives the racer a Jump Boost. Yes
GCN Yoshi Circuit (Do Jump Boosts)
DS Waluigi Pinball (Steer Clear of Obstacles)
DS DK Pass (Do Jump Boosts)
3DS Toad Circuit R, R/T
3DS Mario Circuit, R
Tokyo Blur (Do Jump Boosts)
Paris Promenade
Paris Promenade 2
RMX Mario Circuit 1, R, T, R/T
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Goomba Tower
SNES Mario Circuit 1 (Goomba Takedown) A stack of Goombas that can be defeated the same way as an individual Goomba. If the Goomba at the bottom of a tower is defeated, all of the ones above it collapse and are defeated as well. TBD
SNES Ghost Valley 1 (Goomba Takedown)
SNES Choco Island 2 (Goomba Takedown)
SNES Rainbow Road (Goomba Takedown)
GCN Dino Dino Jungle (Goomba Takedown)
DS Luigi's Mansion (Goomba Takedown)
DS Airship Fortress (Goomba Takedown)
3DS Shy Guy Bazaar (Goomba Takedown)
3DS Neo Bowser City (Goomba Takedown)
Los Angeles Laps (Goomba Takedown)
RMX Mario Circuit 1 (Goomba Takedown)
RMX Rainbow Road 2 (Goomba Takedown)
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Half-pipe
Wii DK Summit, R, T A ramp on the side of the track that drivers can jump off of for Jump Boosts. Yes
Wii Maple Treeway, R, T
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Super Half-pipe
Merry Mountain, R, T Yes
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Hot-air balloon
N64 Koopa Troopa Beach R An obstacle that floats in one place. They cause racers who glide into them to bounce back. However, if a racer lands on top of a hot air balloon, they receive a Jump Boost. Yes
(through Jump Boosts)
N64 Royal Raceway, T
GCN Yoshi Circuit T, (Glider Challenge)
DS DK Pass R/T, (Do Jump Boosts)
Wii Maple Treeway T
3DS Daisy Hills, R, T, R/T
3DS Rock Rock Mountain R
Paris Promenade, R, T, R/T
Vancouver Velocity R
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Icicle
3DS Rosalina's Ice World, R, T An obstacle that breaks when driven into, slowing down the responsible driver. Yes
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Jack-o'-lantern
Most courses during the 2020 Halloween Tour An object that can be knocked away by driving into it or hitting it with an item. Jack-o'-lanterns that appear on a track's sidelines or in the background usually come in larger sizes and can be interacted with but not knocked away. Yes
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Jar / Snake jar
3DS Shy Guy Bazaar, R, T, R/T An object found on the track. Jars will break upon collision with an item or a racer. Running into a jar will slow the racer down if they are not in an invincible or Mega state. Some jars, referred to as snake jars, move around and release small snakes when broken. Yes
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Jump Boost field
3DS Rainbow Road R, R/T An upward force that gives drivers a Jump Boost. Yes
(through Jump Boosts)
RMX Rainbow Road 2T
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Kadomatsu
Every course for the duration of the New Year's Tour, and during the New Year's 2021 Tour starting from January 1, 2021 A decorative element that bounces up when hit with a shell or a Bob-omb or by driving into it while invincible or Mega. Yes (New Year's Tour)
No (New Year's 2021 Tour)
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Lava Bubble
GBA Bowser's Castle 1, R, T, R/T An obstacle that jumps out of lava at regular intervals, in gaps that racers must jump over. They cause any player who collides with them to spin out. Yes
GBA Bowser's Castle 2, R, T, R/T
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Leaf pile
Wii Maple Treeway, R, T Leaf piles are immobile objects that scatter and release an item such as a Coin, Mushroom, or Banana when driven into. Yes
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Magic carpet
3DS Shy Guy Bazaar (Do Jump Boosts) Magic carpets that are not used by Flying Shy Guys can be found floating in one place in mid-air. When a racer lands on a magic carpet, they bounce off of it while receiving a Jump Boost. TBD
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Metal ball
DS Waluigi Pinball, R, T, R/T A large rolling obstacle. Metal balls are first seen in the background of the track, traversing the pinball machine that the course is set on. Once they reach the pinball table section, they are bounced around by bumpers and flippers, crashing into any racer that collides with them. Yes
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Monty Mole
SNES Donut Plains 2, R, T, R/T Obstacles that dig holes through the ground. Touching a Monty Mole will spin out racers while the holes they produce can be used to perform a Jump Boost. Yes
GBA Sunset Wilds R/T
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Mushroom Trampoline
SNES Donut Plains 2R/T A large mushroom that racers can bounce off of to receive a Jump Boost. Apart from the regular Mushroom Trampolines, which are red with white spots or (as seen in 3DS Rainbow Road) white with spots of various colors, there is also a blue variety which activates a driver's glider when bounced off of. Yes
(through Jump Boosts)
SNES Rainbow Road R/T
N64 Royal Raceway T, R/T
DS DK Pass R/T
3DS Mario Circuit, R, T, R/T
3DS Rainbow Road, R, T, R/T
RMX Rainbow Road 1R
RMX Rainbow Road 2, R, T
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Noshi
N64 Koopa Troopa Beach T, R/T A dinosaur that stomps on the track. Racers caught under its feet are squashed. When on the ground, the feet also act as walls that bounce racers back. If a racer lands on top of a Noshi while gliding, they get a Jump Boost. Yes
(through Jump Boosts)
GCN Dino Dino Jungle, R, T, R/T
Tokyo Blur R/T
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Oil slick
SNES Mario Circuit 1R, R/T An obstacle that causes any racer who drives into it to spin out. It can be driven over safely if the racer is in an invincible state. No
SNES Mario Circuit 2, R, T
SNES Mario Circuit 3, R
Tokyo Blur 3R
Tokyo Blur 4, R
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Penguin
SNES Vanilla Lake 1 (Steer Clear of Obstacles) An enemy that waddles in circular or oval patterns. Players who drive into one spin out. Yes
3DS Rosalina's Ice World, R, T
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Pipe
SNES Mario Circuit 1, R, T, R/T An obstacle that slows down any racer who collides with it. Pipes are spread throughout the track, usually in off-road sections. Piranha Plants commonly occupy them. Some pipes exhale upward currents which can be used to maintain gliding drivers in the air while offering them a Jump Boost. Yes
SNES Ghost Valley 1R, R/T
SNES Mario Circuit 2, R, T, R/T
SNES Mario Circuit 3, R, T, R/T
SNES Choco Island 2T
SNES Vanilla Lake 1, R, R/T
GCN Yoshi Circuit, R, R/T
DS Luigi's Mansion (Glider Challenge)
3DS Toad Circuit, R, T, R/T
3DS Daisy Hills, R, T, R/T
3DS Shy Guy Bazaar T
3DS Mario Circuit, R
Paris Promenade
Paris Promenade 2R
Vancouver Velocity R, R/T
Tokyo Blur 3R
RMX Mario Circuit 1, R, T, R/T
RMX Choco Island 1, R, T
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Piranha Plant (ground)
SNES Choco Island 1R, T A passive type of Piranha Plant that resides on the ground, always facing upward. Racers that drive into one will spin out. Yes
SNES Mario Circuit 3 (Do Jump Boosts)
SNES Choco Island 2, R, T, R/T
N64 Royal Raceway, R, T
3DS Mario Circuit (Steer Clear of Obstacles)
Paris Promenade 2R
RMX Choco Island 1, R, T
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Piranha Plant (pipe)
SNES Choco Island 1T An enemy that attacks nearby racers by lunging at them from its pipe. Racers that are hit by a Piranha Plant spin out. Yes
GCN Yoshi Circuit, R, R/T
3DS Mario Circuit (Steer Clear of Obstacles)
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Puddle
3DS Neo Bowser City, R, T, R/T An obstacle that, like oil slicks, causes drivers who contact it to spin out. Puddles do not affect invincible racers. No
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Ring
Any course where a Ring Race bonus challenge takes place Objects that provide the driver a short speed boost. TBD
SNES Choco Island 2 (Break Item Boxes)
3DS Toad Circuit (Break Item Boxes)
3DS Rock Rock Mountain (Break Item Boxes)
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Rocky Wrench
DS Airship Fortress, R, T Obstacles that emerge from manholes. Racers that touch them are bounced away from them, but their manhole covers can be used to perform a Jump Boost right before they pop out. Yes
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Rolling rock
N64 Choco Mountain, R, T A large obstacle that rolls down on inclines. Colliding with rolling rocks causes racers to be crushed or to spin out. However, they are destroyed once they hit a wall or a racer who is invincible or Mega. Yes
3DS Rock Rock Mountain, T
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Shy Guy (Ninja)
Ninja Hideaway, R, T Enemies that run around on the ground and transform into a single Banana. Another variant of this enemy also appears suspended in the air by kites in glider sections. Yes
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Shuriken Ceiling
Ninja Hideaway, R Obstacles with shuriken on the bottom of them that move up and down and spin out racers if they touch the shuriken. They also have trick ramps on the tops of them that can be reached by driving on a higher floor of the course. No
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Sidestepper
SNES Koopa Troopa Beach 2T A crab enemy that paces from side to side across a track. Racers who come into contact with a Sidestepper spin out. Yes
N64 Koopa Troopa Beach, R, T, R/T
3DS Cheep Cheep Lagoon, R, T, R/T
Los Angeles Laps, R, T, R/T
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Snow block
SNES Vanilla Lake 1, R, R/T An object that, when touched, bounces racers away and disappears. Yes
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Snowball
N64 Frappe Snowland (Steer Clear of Obstacles) A large obstacle that rolls down a portion of the track. Racers hit by a snowball crash. Yes
DS DK Pass, R, T, R/T
Merry Mountain (Steer Clear of Obstacles)
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Snowboarding Shy Guy
Wii DK Summit, R Shy Guys riding on snowboards that jump off the half-pipes on the track. Racers spin out if they touch them without a defensive or speed boosting item. Yes
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Snowperson
N64 Frappe Snowland, R, T, R/T An obstacle that slows down drivers who collide with it if they do not use a Mushroom and are not invincible or Mega. However, this also gets them destroyed in the process. Yes
DS DK Pass, R, T, R/T
Vancouver Velocity R
Merry Mountain (Coin Rush)
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Star Ring
SNES Rainbow Road R/T An object that gives drivers a speed boost when passed through. Yes
3DS Rainbow Road, R, T, R/T
RMX Rainbow Road 1, R
RMX Rainbow Road 2T
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Star Thwomp
SNES Mario Circuit 3 (Glider Challenge) A variation of a Thwomp that repeatedly falls down to the track and rises back up, creating ripples that racers can perform Jump Boosts on. In addition to being able to squash drivers like regular Thwomps, Star Thwomps cause drivers to flip out when touched from any side. Yes
SNES Rainbow Road, R, R/T
GBA Bowser's Castle 1 (Steer Clear of Obstacles)
3DS Rainbow Road (Glider Challenge)
RMX Rainbow Road 1, R
RMX Rainbow Road 2, R
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Swoop
N64 Choco Mountain, R, T Swoops are bats that fly in rows along a certain portion of the track, usually coming the opposite way of racers. Racers that bump into a Swoop are bounced away. Yes
GBA Sunset Wilds, R, T
3DS Rock Rock Mountain, R, T
Tokyo Blur R/T
Vancouver Velocity, R, T, R/T
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Thwomp
SNES Mario Circuit 3 (Do Jump Boosts) An obstacle that falls down on the track repeatedly, squashing any drivers caught underneath. If a racer drives into a Thwomp, they lose some speed. When a racer drives off of a ramp and lands on a Thwomp, they get a Jump Boost. Yes
GBA Bowser's Castle 1, R, T, R/T
GBA Bowser's Castle 2, R, T, R/T
Tokyo Blur 2, R, R/T
Tokyo Blur 3
Los Angeles Laps T
Berlin Byways 2R/T
Tokyo Blur 4, R, R/T
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Traffic cone
SNES Mario Circuit 1R, R/T An object that gets knocked away when bumped into. Yes
N64 Royal Raceway (Steer Clear of Obstacles)
GBA Bowser's Castle 1R
GCN Yoshi Circuit (Steer Clear of Obstacles)
DS DK Pass (Do Jump Boosts, Steer Clear of Obstacles)
3DS Toad Circuit, R, R/T
3DS Daisy Hills R, R/T
3DS Rock Rock Mountain, T
3DS Neo Bowser City R, R/T
3DS Rosalina's Ice World R
3DS Rainbow Road R, R/T
New York Minute R
Paris Promenade, R, T
Paris Promenade 2R
London Loop 2 (Steer Clear of Obstacles)
Tokyo Blur 3, R, T
Los Angeles Laps R
New York Minute 3R
Berlin Byways 2, T
Tokyo Blur 4, R
RMX Mario Circuit 1R/T
RMX Choco Island 1 (Do Jump Boosts)
Merry Mountain (Coin Rush)
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Train
N64 Kalimari Desert, R, T, R/T Trains cross the track in front of racers. If racers drive into a train, they are thrown upward and receive a Jump Boost. Yes
N64 Kalimari Desert 2, R, T
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Walking Tree
DS Luigi's Mansion, R, T, R/T An obstacle that shuffles from side to side on the track. If racers drive into one, they lose speed. No
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Water Geyser
GCN Dino Dino Jungle, R, T, R/T A hazard that periodically spouts a column of water. Racers caught by the water are sprung high into the air and receive a Jump Boost. In the New York Minute courses, water erupts from underneath manhole covers, while in GCN Dino Dino Jungle it emerges from raised cracks in the road. Jump Boosts can be performed when driving over these cracks, while they are only performed over manhole covers when they are shaking. Yes
(through Jump Boosts)
New York Minute, T
New York Minute 2, R, R/T
New York Minute 3, T
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Wiggler
Wii Maple Treeway, R, T An enemy that wanders around in circles, occasionally stopping in place. They cause drivers who touch them to spin out. Yes
MKT board.png GBA Bowser's Castle 2R/T A stationary obstacle that can be destroyed by driving through it. This also causes the racer responsible to spin out unless they use a Mushroom to dash through it or are in an invincible or Mega state. In GBA Bowser's Castle 2 R/T, GCN Yoshi Circuit, Wii Maple Treeway R, Paris Promenade, and Paris Promenade 2, wooden cutouts are made to resemble Piranha Plants, while in SNES Ghost Valley 1 and DS Luigi's Mansion, they resemble Boos. Yes
GCN Yoshi Circuit, R, T
Wii Maple Treeway R
Paris Promenade
Paris Promenade 2, R, T
Los Angeles Laps (Ring Race)
Ninja Hideaway, R, T
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Wooden cutout
SNES Ghost Valley 1
DS Luigi's Mansion, R, T, R/T

Other[edit]

The following are only seen as background or intangible elements.

Subject Location Description
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Boo
SNES Ghost Valley 1, R, T, R/T Boos appear and disappear. In DS Luigi's Mansion, they also appear on paintings, of which they occasionally stretch out.
DS Luigi's Mansion, R, T, R/T
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Fish Bone
N64 Choco Mountain, R, T Fish Bones of various sizes are inlaid in a wall at one of the track's curves.
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Flying train
3DS Rainbow Road (Ring Race, Glider Challenge) Trains seen flying around the track. Depending on the bonus challenge they appear in, they either drop rings on the track or carry Star Rings that can be glided through. In Merry Mountain, the train resembles a sleigh.
Merry Mountain, R, T
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Painting
DS Luigi's Mansion (Break Item Boxes) Floating portal paintings that spawn in front of drivers and produce Item Boxes. They appear in various sizes.
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Snake
3DS Shy Guy Bazaar, R, T, R/T Green snakes that come out of snake jars upon breaking them. Given the theme of 3DS Shy Guy Bazaar, they may be a reference to Cobrats from Super Mario Bros. 2, who also hide in jars.

Bonus challenges[edit]

Bonus challenges are similar to the Missions mode from Mario Kart DS and the tournaments from Mario Kart Wii, and are found at the end of each cup. In contrast to races, these challenges offer 3 Grand stars instead of 5 when completed with the highest score needed. The game will set the character for the challenge, even if the player has not obtained them yet, and give them the Pipe Frame and the Super Glider, though this rule does not apply for some challenges, all Big Reverse Races, and all Vs. Mega (opponent) challenges. The numbers in the table indicate the number of times that bonus challenge appears in a tour.

Ready, Set, Rocket Start Time Trial Ring Race Do Jump Boosts Big Reverse Race Goomba Takedown Glider Challenge Steer Clear of Obstacles Break Item Boxes Smash Small Dry Bones Vs. Mega (opponent) Combo Attack Take them out quick! Snap a Photo
Description "Pull off a Rocket Start!" "Go for your best time!" "Pass through rings!"1 "Do Jump Boosts!"2 "Aim for 1st!" "Take down Goombas!"3 "Glide as far as you can!"4 "Don't crash!" "Break item boxes!"5 "Smash Dry Bones!"6 "Aim for 1st!" "Keep the combo going!" "Take them out quick!" "Clear the photo goals!"
New York 1 3 2 1 2 1 2 1 1 2
Tokyo 1 2 3 1 2 1 1 2 1 2
Halloween (2019) 3 2 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 2
Paris 3 3 2 1 3 1 1 1 1 2
Winter (2019) 3 2 2 1 2 1 2 2 1 2
London 3 2 2 1 3 1 1 2 1 2
Holiday 2 2 1 1 2 1 2 2 1 2 2
New Year's 1 1 2 2 1 2 1 1 2 1 2 2
Ice 2 2 2 1 1 1 2 2 1 2 2
Valentine's 2 2 2 1 2 1 1 2 1 2 2
Vancouver 2 3 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 2
Mario Bros. 2 2 2 1 2 1 2 1 1 2 2
Baby Rosalina 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2
Hammer Bro 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Yoshi (2020) 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Trick 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1
Flower 1 1 1 1 2 2 1 1 1 1
Jungle 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 1 1 1
Cooking 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Peach 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Marine 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Exploration 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Wild West 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Pirate 2 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1
Summer Festival 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Super Mario Kart 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Los Angeles 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1
1st Anniversary 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1
Halloween (2020) 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Sunset 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Mario vs. Luigi 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1
Winter (2020) 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Rosalina 2 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
New Year's 2021 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Berlin 2 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Cat 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Peach vs. Daisy 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2
Snow 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Mario 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Yoshi (2021) 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Ninja 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

1 - Formerly "Clear (number) rings."
2 - Formerly "Do (number) Jump Boosts."
3 - Formerly "Hit (number) Goombas."
4 - Formerly "Glide at least (distance)."
5 - Formerly "Hit (number) Item Boxes."
6 - Formerly "Smash (number) opponents."

Apple Store demo[edit]

The special demo of Mario Kart Tour is made playable at Apple Store outlets and kiosks.[24] Unlike the full consumer version, only three cups are available, the menu and Coin Rush mode are inaccessible, and points cannot be saved when the player quits the app. This demo is the only way to play Tokyo Blur (besides the Summer Festival Tour) and Paris Promenade since their debut tours and the 1st Anniversary Tour, and is still the only way to play New York Minute since the New York Tour.

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Toad Cup
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New York Minute
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3DS Toad Circuit
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N64 Koopa Troopa Beach
Do Jump Boosts
Yoshi, New York Minute
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Mario Cup
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Tokyo Blur
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3DS Cheep Cheep Lagoon
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3DS Rock Rock Mountain
Goomba Takedown
Mario, Tokyo Blur
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Peach Cup
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Paris Promenade
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3DS Daisy Hills
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3DS Shy Guy Bazaar
Vs. Mega Bowser
Any character, Paris Promenade

There are only 10 playable characters, 7 karts, and 6 gliders available in the demo.

Drivers Karts Gliders
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Differences in power-saving mode[edit]

Like in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, Mario Kart Wii, and Mario Kart 8, there are some minor and major differences on the menus and race courses when setting the game to "power-saving" mode, to maintain device performance (in older supported phone models) and decrease battery usage.

General differences
  • Opponents do not have any animations nor do they emit voices.
  • The minimap does not appear in races.
  • The models for the drivers have low quality textures.
  • Course textures are less detailed.
  • The sound effect of passing through Dash Rings is present only if they were activated by the player.
  • The Shy Guys, Yoshis, and Toads that are normally found along the sidelines of several courses are absent, though they can still be heard.
  • The screen has a lower resolution, resulting in slightly pixelated graphics.
Course-specific differences

Updates[edit]

Main article: Mario Kart Tour update history
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Differences from previous Mario Kart games[edit]

  • This is the first and only Mario Kart game where every character must technically be unlocked, and where there is no set starting roster.
  • The number of players in each race has reverted back to eight, like in all mainline games up to Mario Kart DS and in Mario Kart 7.
  • Apart from 3DS Rainbow Road, one of the sectioned courses in the game, all races consist of two laps, not the usual three.
  • Drivers, karts and gliders can be leveled up.
  • The music continues from where it leaves off after the final lap fanfare plays, instead of restarting like in past games.
    • In addition, on the final lap, the music's pitch is increased by four semitones (two tones), not one. With Merry Mountain, the music's pitch is increased by five semitones.
      • The only exception to both of the above is 3DS Rainbow Road, which reuses its final lap music from Mario Kart 7 and always begins at the start of the song.
  • The Lakitu referee does not appear at the beginning of nor throughout races.
    • Starting from the New Year's 2021 Tour the Lakitu referee in their festive attire appears as a playable driver known as Lakitu (Party Time).[25]
  • Stars are not obtainable from regular item boxes in single player mode, with item frenzies having similar effects instead. However, in multiplayer mode (where frenzies are not obtainable), stars appear from item boxes in rulesets with fewer than three item slots.
  • For the first time since Super Mario Kart, Triple Red Shells are absent. This is likely due to how using multi-items (such as the Triple Mushrooms or the Lucky 7) sends out all of their items at once, which would be useless for items that always lock onto the next racer.
  • This is the first Mario Kart game since Mario Kart: Super Circuit to have numbered new courses (e.g. Tokyo Blur 3) and the first Mario Kart game to feature numbered versions of unnumbred classic courses (e.g. N64 Kalimari Desert 2).
    • Unlike in previous games, these numbered courses take place in the same map, but use a different course layout: the starting line is in the same location, but the courses split off from each other onto different routes.
      • The remix courses feature numbers in their names as well, but in that case when the number changes the map layout changes as well
  • For the first time since Mario Kart: Super Circuit, the Golden Mushroom is absent, as it is functionally replaced by the Mushroom frenzy.
  • Multiple items can be received from a single item box.
  • So far, there are no classic courses from Mario Kart 8 in this game, making it the first Mario Kart title since Mario Kart: Super Circuit to have classic courses but not at least one from every previous Mario Kart game.
    • Due to the absence of anti-gravity in Mario Kart Tour, very few courses from Mario Kart 8 would be able to be included. Despite this, GCN Yoshi Circuit and N64 Royal Raceway retain their overall design and layout from their Mario Kart 8 iterations.
  • This is the only Mario Kart game so far to feature a Waluigi-themed course without a Wario-themed course and to lack an original Bowser's Castle course.
  • This is the first Mario Kart game to lack losing themes and animations after races. If a racer finishes in 5th place or lower, the theme for finishing in 2nd to 4th place will be played and no animations of the racer will be shown. Despite this, losing voice lines for most of the characters can be found in the game's files.
  • This is the first and only game in the series to use solely the American English localization for courses, karts, and gliders instead of differing names in British and American English versions.
    • The only exception to this rule is the B Dasher Mk. 2, using its British English name as opposed to its American English name, which is the Sprinter.
  • Karts that originally had moving parts (not counting tires), such as the tentacles on the Super Blooper and the blower on the Flame Flyer, no longer have them move.

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Initial impressions of the beta were mixed. Journalists praised the gameplay and graphics, but criticized the free-to-play gacha elements of the game. Sam Machkovech of Ars Technica compared the game's in-app purchases to Spiny Shells, blowing up the classic Mario Kart experience. He suggested that "the developers pick a side: attach an annoying economy to a deeper control scheme and more legitimate online options, or make it cheaper and less obnoxious to watch Mario drive himself."[26] Ethan Gach of Kotaku also stated that the game is "a mostly faithful but stripped-down recreation of Mario Kart decked out with all the microtransactions and lottery mechanics mobile games are infamous for" and also lamented the lack of a multiplayer mode.[27] Steven Asarch of Newsweek complained about the game's "freemium greed" and that it is "ruined by microtransactions".[28]

The game's reception on release was mixed to negative. Andrew Webster of The Verge praised how intuitive using items is, while criticizing the controls, calling them imprecise, and the game's monetization, stating that "The problem is so much of the game feels designed around monetization, as opposed to just being a fun game."[29] Chris Scullion of Nintendo Life gave a positive review, praising the lack of an energy system, the points system, and the large amount of cups, while criticizing the time required to get used to the controls, the gyro controls, and listing the game's monetization as a con, stating that opinions on the game's monetization will vary for each person, while arguing that "It’s rubbish to an extent, absolutely, but despite the outrage you may be seeing in some circles, it’s no different to any other game with a loot box system; it’s always nearly impossible to guarantee you’ll get the exact thing you want" when talking about the game's gacha mechanics, and that "More than the gacha system, the Gold Pass is gaining a lot more controversy than it really should be, with some misunderstanding what it does and assuming this subscription service is necessary in some way. To be clear, it really isn’t, and absolutely won’t be of interest to 99% of the player base." when talking about the game's Gold Pass subscription.[30] Michael McWhertor of Polygon gave a negative review, stating that the game "lacks the joy of its fully-featured counterparts", criticizing that the steering feels inconsequential, stating that "the game can feel as if it’s playing itself", the lack of difficulty when playing against computers, the lack of motivation to continue playing, and the game's microtransactions.[31] CJ Andriessen of Destructoid gave a negative review, criticizing the game's microtransactions and how the game rarely gives the player Rubies, stating "Tour's fatal flaw is it's continually pushing players into ham-fisted situations where they have to spend money rather than creating a game so exceptional they'll want to spend money.", the limitations on unlocking, collecting, or upgrading certain things, the game's controls, stating "There are three control options, none of which are completely sufficient.", while praising the variations to courses, though noting that "there is still a bit of disappointment when you wait a day to unlock a new cup only to find it's Daisy Hills again.", the New York Minute track and that Nintendo at the time of the article's publication planned to add more new tracks to the game, though noting that "One of the great joys of any Mario Kart title is seeing what types of new courses the developers have designed and that joy just isn't present in Tour."[32] Kyle Hilliard of IGN, in a mixed review, praised the series' transition from consoles to mobile phones, stating that "during those moments where I was speeding down the track expertly launching turtle shells at my opponents I felt like I was playing a real Mario Kart game" though stating that Mario Kart Tour is an "undeniable downgrade from Mario Kart 8", praised how items are used, the game's bonus challenges, and the brevity of the races, cups, and bonus challenges, while criticizing the game launching without multiplayer, the game's microtransactions and their cost, having to wait for later cups to unlock, and the quantity of Grand Stars unlocked being affected by the kart or character the player unlocked.[33] Jon Cartwright of GameXplain, in a negative review, stated that "Mario Kart is better than this", stating "Because it's so similar to the core games, it becomes comparable to them, amplifying its faults even further.", criticizing the controls, calling them "extremely unintuitive", and "a huge, restrained, letdown" after stating that the controls felt "extremely simplistic", the game's monetization, stating that "This may be a free game compared to a full sixty dollar release, but money has never felt so intrusive in Mario Kart, and the track New York Minute, stating that "this track is not good enough for Mario Kart.", while praising the game's bonus challenges and the game's Reverse tracks, calling them "really cool ideas", while also praising the game's roster and its graphics.[34]

As of August 26, 2020, Mario Kart Tour received a mixed Metacritic Metascore of 58, and a negative User Score of 3.8.[35] Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics, as of August 26, 2020, Mario Kart Tour received an average of 4.1 out of 5 stars on Google Play[36], and an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars on the App Store.[37]

Reviews
Release Reviewer, Publication Score Comment
Unknown Andrew Webster, The Verge N/A "This doesn’t mean Mario Kart Tour won’t be successful. In fact, early signs point to the game having a record-breaking launch. But that success isn’t because the game is good, and it’s especially disappointing from a company that prides itself on quality. Mobile aside, Nintendo is at a creative high point, regularly launching major Switch games to near-universal acclaim. They’re games that sell hardware and help players think differently about what games can be. On console, Nintendo sets its own pace; on mobile, it follows."
Unknown Chris Scullion, Nintendo Life 7/10 "Get used to Mario Kart Tour’s unconventional control system and ignore its overpriced and unnecessary subscription service and you’re left with a fun, free mobile take on the series. It was never going to replace Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, but by not including an energy system and promising regular new content Nintendo is at least offering a decent alternative to pass the time when you’re out and about without your Switch."
iOS Michael McWhertor, Polygon N/A "Mario Kart Tour stalls right from the starting line. It lacks the competitive thrills of other Mario Kart games, focusing more on an endless series of unlockable virtual things to acquire.

But it appears that a full multiplayer mode is coming to Mario Kart Tour, which may provide more thrills than chasing AI-controlled kart racers and the daily drip feed of currency. For now, however, this is hardly a vital addition to Nintendo’s library of games, mobile or otherwise."

Unknown CJ Andriessen, Destructoid 4.5/10 "Mario Kart Tour is a blemish on the franchise it shares its name with. The genre-defining creativity found in past entries is completely absent here, replaced by a hollow experience that's simply coasting on the name and goodwill of the games that came before it. I can only hope this is Nintendo's mobile initiative hitting rock bottom, and that it's all uphill from here. Because I can't stand the thought of another one of my favorite series having its reputation dragged the mud in search of a quick buck."
iOS Kyle Hilliard, IGN 6.7/10 "The actual gameplay and racing of Mario Kart Tour is well done: controlling the karts feels good, the courses and characters look and sound great, and playing simplified one-handed Mario can be a lot of fun. But the road to a mobile version of Mario Kart is a bumpy one. On top of multiplayer not currently being available at all, Nintendo continues to struggle with how to comfortably monetize a mobile game without hamstringing its gameplay. Tour’s prices are prohibitively high and not getting top honors on a race despite winning first place just because you don’t have the right racer or kart feels unfair."
Unknown Jon Cartwright, GameXplain Disliked "If you're someone who doesn't own a Nintendo console and just want a quick Mario Kart fix, I guess this is it. It comes with a lot of roadblocks, and it isn't anywhere near as fun to control as the console games. And for me it just made me want to play Mario Kart 8 again. I disliked Mario Kart Tour. It looks like a quality Mario Kart game, but it isn't particularly fun to play, and the aggressive monetization is so prominent that it intrudes on the experience. The last new Mario Kart game may have been five years ago with Mario Kart 8 on Wii U, but this isn't even worth a pit stop to me. Mario Kart is better than this."
Aggregators
Compiler Platform / Score
Metacritic iOS: 58

Awards and acknowledgements[edit]

Mario Kart Tour was nominated for the "User's Choice Game of 2019" from Google Play, losing to Call of Duty: Mobile.[38] The game won the "Racing Game of the Year" award at the 23rd annual D.I.C.E Awards.[39]

Mobile app store description[edit]

Race around the world!

■ Challenge players worldwide in multiplayer!
You can race against up to seven other players, whether they're registered as in-game friends, nearby, or scattered around the world.
Multiplayer races can be customized with a variety of rules, such as individual or team races, kart speed, and number of item slots. You can play however you want!

■ Mario Kart takes a world tour!
Mario and friends go global in this new Mario Kart as they race around courses inspired by real-world cities in addition to classic Mario Kart courses! These destinations will be featured in tours that rotate every two weeks! In addition to courses based on iconic locales, some of your favorite Mario Kart characters will get variations that incorporate the local flavor of cities featured in the game!

■ Endless Mario Kart fun at your fingertips!
The Mario Kart series known and loved by many is ready to take the world by storm – one smart device at a time! With just one finger, you can steer and drift with ease and sling devastating items as you go for the gold in cups filled with new and classic Mario Kart courses.

■ Nab 1st place with items and Frenzy mode!
In Mario Kart Tour you have access to an arsenal of powerful items that can mix things up on the racetrack! Turn up the heat by activating the new Frenzy mode, which gives an unlimited supply of a certain item and makes you invincible! Make the most of the ensuing chaos, as Frenzy mode only lasts a short time!

■ Collect drivers, karts, badges, and more!
Earn Grand Stars by racing or fire off the featured pipe to receive more drivers, karts, and gliders! You can also proudly display badges, earned by completing certain challenges, next to your in-game name!

■ Bonus challenge courses put a twist on traditional races!
In certain races, 1st place isn't always the goal. With names like "Vs. Mega Bowser" and "Goomba Takedown," these bonus challenge courses demand a different approach to gameplay and strategy!

■ Race to increase your online rank!
Boost with the best of 'em! Your high scores will determine how you compare to other players all over the world. Keep practicing and trying out different combinations of drivers, karts, and gliders to increase your score and rise to the top!

Note: A Nintendo Account is required to play Mario Kart Tour.
* Free-to-start; optional in-game purchases available. Persistent Internet, compatible smartphone, and Nintendo Account required. Data charges may apply.
* For information about our ads, please see the “How we use your information” section of the Nintendo Privacy Policy.
* May include advertising.

Pre-release and unused content[edit]

Main article: List of Mario Kart Tour pre-release and unused content

The beta version of the game saw multiple changes in the final game. Among them, the stamina element was removed, and the timers restricting access to certain cups can be sped up using quick tickets. Additionally, rubies were originally emeralds.

Gallery[edit]

For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Mario Kart Tour.

Media[edit]

For a complete list of media for this subject, see List of Mario Kart Tour media.

References to other games[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese マリオカート ツアー
Mario Kāto Tsuā
Mario Kart Tour
Chinese (Simplified) 马力欧卡丁车 巡回赛[40]
Mǎlì'ōu Kǎdīngchē Xúnhuí Sài
Mario Kart Tour
Chinese (Traditional) 瑪利歐賽車 巡迴賽[41]
Mǎlì'ōu Sàichē Xúnhuí Sài
Mario Racing Tour

External links[edit]

Mario Kart Tour coverage on other NIWA wikis:

References[edit]

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