Mario Kart Tour

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Mario Kart Tour
Mario Kart Tour Logo.jpg
Developer(s) Nintendo
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) iOS, Android
Release date Summer 2019[1]
Genre Racing
Rating(s)
ESRB:ESRB E.svg - Everyone
Mode(s)
Media
Mobile Phone:
Media DL icon.svg Digital download
Input Touch controls

Mario Kart Tour is a mobile game in the Mario Kart series set to be released in the summer of 2019. The game was first announced during a financial briefing on January 31, 2018.[2] Mario Kart Tour will be the second Mario mobile game after Super Mario Run, and like that game, it will be free-to-start from the App Store and Google Play.[3] Unlike Super Mario Run, however, the game more heavily incorporates a traditional free to play gacha economy, where players have restrictions and timers unless they spend some of the various types of currencies in-game, as well as having loot boxes 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 reverse tracks and ability to deploy a large amount of any item during a race, including Spiny Shells and Bullet Bills. 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 will end on June 4, 2019.[4]

Gameplay

As a racing game, the goal of Mario Kart Tour is to best rivals and come in first, using items obtained by driving through Item Boxes to the player's advantage. The game is played in a portrait position, where the phone's touch controls are used to play the game, such as dragging the finger across the screen to steer the kart.[5] Unlike other Mario Kart games in the series, karts automatically accelerate and can steer players away from walls and drops if they approach too closely. The game returns the gliding mechanics from Mario Kart 7, where players can glide through the course whenever they drive over certain ramps, and players can perform tricks. Unlike Mario Kart 7 and Mario Kart 8, however, players cannot customize their vehicle's tires.

Every time players complete a race, they are awarded with Grand Stars and emeralds, emeralds being the game's premium currency. Emeralds are used to purchase pipes which randomly shoot out a driver, a kart, or a glider, all which have their own rarities.[5] Each driver, kart, and glider have favored courses, where they offer advantages if they are used on particular tracks. A character that drives on a preferred course earns extra items per Item Box. Rarer characters have better bonuses and more preferred courses. In addition, characters have special items exclusive to them, similar to Mario Kart: Double Dash!!'s item system. All drivers and karts can be leveled up, and they all come with upgrades when done so. Duplicates can be earned from pipes, and those go towards the repeat character's level up progress.

Further elements seen in other free-to-play games include a stamina bar consisting of five hearts total. One heart gets consumed every time a player races and once the stamina is depleted, players cannot play until it recharges. Players replenish hearts when they level up, if they wait out the timer, or if they purchase hearts with emeralds. Coins can be obtained in races as well depending on the player's performance, and these can be used to purchase new items from the store and also can be used to purchase more emeralds.[5] Emeralds can also be spent in Coin Rush where players can obtain as many coins as possible.

The cups in the game are restricted by timers, with the timer duration increasing every new cup after a player clears a cup.[5] Unlike other Mario Kart entries, Mario Kart Tour has a different naming scheme for the cups, where they are named after characters rather than items, such as Toadette Cup or Wario Cup.

Playable characters

A portion of the character select screen.

Players start with either Toad or Toadette. Unlike other Mario Kart games, there are no weight classes between characters, but they are sorted by their rarity of unlocking them, via opening up randomized green pipes with emeralds. There are three tiers of rarity: common, rare, and super rare. While the common characters are easier to unlock, rarer characters have a greater amount of starting points, have a higher top speed, higher coin-earning rates, likelihood of picking up mid-race weapons and items, and have more favored courses. Once players clear the tutorial, they are rewarded with a random rare class character. In Gold Rush, players play as Gold Mario.[6]

The following lists the playable characters and their special item.

Common

Rare

Super Rare

Cups

MKT Icon ToadCup.png
Toad Cup
MKT Icon ChocoIsland2SNES.png
SNES Choco Island 2
MKT Icon ToadCircuit3DS.png
3DS Toad Circuit
MKT Icon DinoDinoJungleGCN.png
GCN Dino Dino Jungle
MKT Icon ToadCupChallenge.png
Rocket Start!
Toad, 3DS Mario Circuit
MKT Icon MarioCup.png
Mario Cup
MKT Icon MarioCircuit1SNES.png
SNES Mario Circuit 1
MKT Icon KalimariDesertN64.png
N64 Kalimari Desert
MKT Icon MarioCircuit3DS.png
3DS Mario Circuit
MKT Icon MarioCupChallenge.png
Race Through Rings
Mario, 3DS Toad Circuit, 10
MKT Icon LuigiCup.png
Luigi Cup
MKT Icon LuigisMansionDS.png
DS Luigi's Mansion
MKT Icon MarioCircuit1SNES.png
SNES Mario Circuit 1
MKT Icon ToadCircuit3DS.png
3DS Toad Circuit
MKT Icon LuigiCupChallenge.png
Do Jump Boosts
Luigi, SNES Choco Island 2, 15
MKT Icon KoopaTroopaCup.png
Koopa Troopa Cup
MKT Icon KoopaTroopaBeachN64.png
N64 Koopa Troopa Beach
MKT Icon DinoDinoJungleGCN.png
GCN Dino Dino Jungle
MKT Icon ChocoIsland2SNES.png
SNES Choco Island 2
MKT Icon KoopaTroopaCupChallenge.png
Don't Crash
Koopa Troopa, DS Luigi's Mansion
MKT Icon PeachCup.png
Peach Cup
MKT Icon DaisyHills3DS.png
3DS Daisy Hills
MKT Icon MarioCircuit3DS.png
3DS Mario Circuit
MKT Icon KalimariDesertN64.png
N64 Kalimari Desert
MKT Icon PeachCupChallenge.png
Glider Challenge
Peach, 3DS Daisy Hills, 400
MKT Icon ShyGuyCup.png
Shy Guy Cup
MKT Icon ShyGuyBazaar3DS.png
3DS Shy Guy Bazaar
MKT Icon ChocoIsland2SNES.png
SNES Choco Island 2
MKT Icon LuigisMansionDS.png
DS Luigi's Mansion
MKT Icon ShyGuyCupChallenge.png
Race Through Rings
Shy Guy, 3DS Shy Guy Bazaar, 30
MKT Icon ToadetteCup.png
Toadette Cup
MKT Icon ToadCircuitR3DS.png
3DS Toad Circuit R
MKT Icon DaisyHills3DS.png
3DS Daisy Hills
MKT Icon MarioCircuit1SNES.png
SNES Mario Circuit 1
MKT Icon ToadetteCupChallenge.png
Do Jump Boosts
Toadette, N64 Koopa Troopa Beach
MKT Icon BowserCup.png
Bowser Cup
MKT Icon BowserCastle1GBA.png
GBA Bowser Castle 1
MKT Icon KalimariDesertN64.png
N64 Kalimari Desert
MKT Icon KoopaTroopaBeachN64.png
N64 Koopa Troopa Beach
MKT Icon BowserCupChallenge.png
Vs. Mega Bowser
Any character, GBA Bowser Castle 1, vs. Bowser
MKT Icon RosalinaCup.png
Rosalina Cup
MKT Icon RainbowRoadSNES.png
SNES Rainbow Road
MKT Icon LuigisMansionDS.png
DS Luigi's Mansion
MKT Icon ShyGuyBazaar3DS.png
3DS Shy Guy Bazaar
MKT Events-Challenges.png
Break Item Boxes
Rosalina, SNES Rainbow Road, 15
MKT Icon DonkeyKongCup.png
Donkey Kong Cup
MKT Icon KalimariDesertRN64.png
N64 Kalimari Desert R
MKT Icon MarioCircuit3DS.png
3DS Mario Circuit
MKT Icon DinoDinoJungleGCN.png
GCN Dino Dino Jungle
MKT Icon DonkeyKongCupChallenge.png
Smash Small Dry Bones
Donkey Kong, N64 Kalimari Desert, 5
MKT Icon YoshiCup.png
Yoshi Cup
MKT Icon RockRockMountain3DS.png
3DS Rock Rock Mountain
MKT Icon KoopaTroopaBeachN64.png
N64 Koopa Troopa Beach
MKT Icon ToadCircuitR3DS.png
3DS Toad Circuit R
MKT Icon YoshiCupChallenge.png
Beat Up Goomba
Yoshi, 3DS Rock Rock Mountain, 30
MKT Icon KingBooCup.png
King Boo Cup
MKT Icon LuigisMansionRDS.png
DS Luigi's Mansion R
MKT Icon BowserCastle1GBA.png
GBA Bowser Castle 1
MKT Icon KalimariDesertRN64.png
N64 Kalimari Desert R
MKT Icon KingBooCupChallenge.png
Vs. Mega King Boo
Any character, DS Luigi's Mansion, vs. King Boo
MKT Icon DaisyCup.png
Daisy Cup
MKT Icon DaisyHills3DS.png
3DS Daisy Hills
MKT Icon RainbowRoadSNES.png
SNES Rainbow Road
MKT Icon RockRockMountain3DS.png
3DS Rock Rock Mountain
MKT Icon DaisyCupChallenge.png
Do Jump Boosts
Daisy, 3DS Mario Circuit, 15
MKT Icon WarioCup.png
Wario Cup
MKT Icon ShyGuyBazaar3DS.png
3DS Shy Guy Bazaar
MKT Icon KalimariDesertRN64.png
N64 Kalimari Desert R
MKT Icon LuigisMansionRDS.png
DS Luigi's Mansion R
MKT Icon WarioCupChallenge.png
Don't Crash
Wario, GBA Bowser Castle 1
MKT Icon MetalMarioCup.png
Metal Mario Cup
MKT Icon RockRockMountain3DS.png
3DS Rock Rock Mountain
MKT Icon RainbowRoadSNES.png
SNES Rainbow Road
MKT Icon ToadCircuitR3DS.png
3DS Toad Circuit R
MKT Icon MetalMarioCupChallenge.png
Race Through Rings
Metal Mario, 3DS Rock Rock Mountain, 30
MKT Icon DryBowserCup.png
Dry Bowser Cup
MKT Icon LuigisMansionRDS.png
DS Luigi’s Mansion R
MKT Icon BowserCastle1GBA.png
GBA Bowser Castle 1
MKT Icon RainbowRoadRSNES.png
SNES Rainbow Road R
MKT Icon DryBowserCupChallenge.png
Vs. Mega Dry Bowser
Any character, N64 Kalimari Desert, vs. Dry Bowser

Items

Karts

Gliders

Challenges

Thumbnail of Rosalina participating in an event.

Challenges are similar to the Missions mode from Mario Kart DS and the tournaments from Mario Kart Wii.

Reception

Initial impressions of the beta have been mixed. Journalists have praised the gameplay and graphics, but have criticized the free-to-play gacha elements of the game. Sam Machkovech of Ars Technica has compared the game's in-app purchases to Spiny Shells, blowing up the classic Mario Kart experience. He has 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."[5] Ethan Gach of Kotaku has 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 lamenting the lack of a multiplayer mode.[13] Steven Asarch of Newsweek has complained about the game's "freemium greed" and that it is "ruined by microtransactions".[14]

Gallery

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

External links

References

  1. Mario Kart (January 31, 2019). "Our developers need more time to tinker under the hood to deliver the best possible Mario Kart experience for mobile. Apologies to everyone revving up their engines for the planned pre-April launch, Mario Kart Tour is now gearing up for the starting grid in summer 2019!" Facebook. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  2. Nine Months Financial Results Briefing for Fiscal Year Ending March 2018 (2018). Nintendo. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  3. Takashi Mochizuki (February 7, 2018). 'DeNA CEO said "Mario Kart Tour," a Nintendo-DeNA smartphone game planned for FY18, will be free-to-start.' Twitter. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  4. Romano, Sal (April 24, 2019). Mario Kart Tour Android closed beta test set for May 22 to June 4. Gematsu. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Machkovech, Sam. (May 22, 2019). Mario Kart Tour beta hands-on: Microtransactions land like a nasty blue shell. Ars Technica. Retrieved May 23, 2019.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 TaoaceyusTM (May 22, 2019). Deutsches MARIO KART TOUR Gameplay! YouTube. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  7. 7.00 7.01 7.02 7.03 7.04 7.05 7.06 7.07 7.08 7.09 7.10 7.11 7.12 7.13 7.14 7.15 7.16 7.17 7.18 7.19 Footage uploaded to Streamable
  8. 8.00 8.01 8.02 8.03 8.04 8.05 8.06 8.07 8.08 8.09 8.10 8.11 8.12 8.13 8.14 8.15 8.16 8.17 8.18 8.19 8.20 8.21 8.22 8.23 8.24 8.25 8.26 8.27 8.28 8.29 Ziphonix (May 22, 2019). 15 Minutes of Mario Kart Tour Gameplay! YouTube. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  9. Screenshot uploaded to Imgur (May 22, 2019, 9:06 UTC)
  10. Screenshot uploaded to Google Drive (May 22, 2019, 12:12 UTC)
  11. 11.0 11.1 Jaron (May 22, 2019). MARIO KART TOUR BETA GAMEPLAY + SOUND 🔈. YouTube. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
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  13. Gach, Ethan (May 22, 2019). Mario Kart Tour Is Pretty Good When It’s Not Nickel And Diming You. Kotaku. Retrieved May 23, 2019.
  14. Asarch, Steven (May 23, 2019) ‘Mario Kart Tour’ Beta Potential Bogged Down By Microtransactions. Newsweek. Retrieved May 23, 2019.