Talk:Mario Kart Tour

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True Relase Window?[edit]

I may have realized something. This game is said to release "during the next fiscal year". Unless I'm misunderstanding something, wouldn't that mean anytime in between March 2018 and March 2019, and not right in March 2019? This is a bit confusing. --SuperML Signature.png 22:56, 31 January 2018 (EST)

It says "fiscal year ending March 2019", meaning the launch window frame is between now and March 2019. Is there a different way you have in mind to word it? Alex95sig1.pngAlex95sig2.png 23:00, 31 January 2018 (EST)
I would simplify it to 2018, considering that the "fiscal year ending March 2019" is more or less the fiscal year for 2018. MarioComix (talk) 23:10, 31 January 2018 (EST)
I think it should be put to in between April 2018 and March 2019. The slides linked on the wiki page (The 4th reference), on the 15th page, it says "To be released during the next fiscal year (April 2018-March 2019). https://imgur.com/a/AaJyp --SuperML Signature.png 10:28, 1 February 2018 (EST)
I just realized the wiki page pretty much already says what I suggested. Nevermind, then. --SuperML Signature.png 11:54, 1 February 2018 (EST)

Nothing changed since April[edit]

Why is there no changes since April? Benjaminkirsc (talk) 08:08, 22 November 2018 (EST)

Because we haven't had any new information since. DK Fan
Holy monly. We need to fix this artcle. Benjaminkirsc (talk) 11:56, 23 November 2018 (EST)
The article will be fixed once there is more information available about the game. As far as I am aware, the article currently completely covers the very little information that has been released. --FlameChompNSMBW.pngTheFlameChomp (talk) 12:02, 23 November 2018 (EST)
Or Nintendo is Fouceing on other projects. I think so to. Benjaminkirsc (talk) 18:11, 4 December 2018 (EST)

Release date and new artwork[edit]

A release date has been unveiled for MK Tour. September 25. There's also an official Twitter account. --GarfLarf (talk) 20:42, August 26, 2019 (EDT)

New Trailer[edit]

With the newest trailer here, we see tons of new elements including tracks based on real-world locations, returning karts such as the Flame Flyer from Mario Kart Wii, and even Diddy Kong as a playable racer. How shall we approach covering this information? MarioComix (talk) 02:43, August 27, 2019 (EDT)

On second watch, I've noticed the inclusion of Lakitu (in the first shot of SNES Rainbow Road), Bowser Jr. (during the Bowser Shell segment), the Bill Blaster (used by Junior), the Daytripper (during DS Waluigi Pinball segment), the Prancer (when Koopa Troopa goes underwater), and the Royale (used by Peachette). MarioComix (talk) 03:19, August 27, 2019 (EDT)
I've added new sections if you want to add those. Zero Suit Samus pose SMM.png Mario JC 03:32, August 27, 2019 (EDT)

Redirects[edit]

Should I add redirects for Mario Kart 9 for this? JoeRunner (talk and stuff) 16:33, August 27, 2019 (EDT)

I wouldn't do that. It's conjectural, not a mainline game, and I wouldn't be surprised if we did get an actual Mario Kart 9 somewhere down the road. --MK8DX Waluigi Icon.png Too Bad! Waluigi Time! 16:35, August 27, 2019 (EDT)
I'd say only do it if the developers acknowledge this in-game or otherwise. Toadette icon CTTT.pngArchivistToadettefont.png(T|C) 17:38, August 27, 2019 (EDT)

Do Bowser Jr. and Lakitu actually appear in the new trailer?[edit]

I cannot seem to see them in the new trailer and if they are not there I think if they are not there in the trailer they should be removed from this page.
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Bowser Jr. is at 1:10, appearing right at the very end of the clip where Wario uses a Mega Mushroom. --PeabodySam (talk) 21:56, August 27, 2019 (EDT)
Read the post two sections above. Zero Suit Samus pose SMM.png Mario JC 22:00, August 27, 2019 (EDT)

Tire customization[edit]

Are we 100 percent sure that there's no tire customization in the game? Because there are two instances where Diddy Kong's Barrel Train has both the Standard SFC tires and the Slim tires equipped. SonicSpeed48 (talk) 16:24, September 15, 2019 (EDT)

Could be just changes made mid-development, or perhaps it is tire customisation. However, from what I've seen, no sources have mentioned any kind of tire customisation so far, including official sources. They have mentioned picking between karts and gliders, but that's all. MarioComix (talk) 17:17, September 15, 2019 (EDT)

Pink Gold Peach?[edit]

Say, if there's a pink gold Pipe Frame body and Super Glider, doesn't that make you wonder if Pink Gold Peach will return? SonicSpeed48 (talk) 09:20, September 24, 2019 (EDT)

I sure hope not... We'll see when the game is released or when she gets announced. We shouldn't add PGP in the article if she was not officially confirmed yet. Super Mushroom Artwork - Super Mario 3D World.png Obsessive Mario Fan MK8DX Mario Icon.png 09:23, September 24, 2019 (EDT)

Big Update Incoming[edit]

I have obtained a decrypted version of the 1.0.1 update, so I am about to upload a bunch of images onto this page. SwampyGator (talk) 11:54, September 28, 2019 (EDT)

Don't. If it hasn't been released yet, it shouldn't be mentioned. JoeRunner (talk and stuff) 21:16, September 28, 2019 (EDT)
1.0.1 is the current version of the game. They just mean they've ripped some images to add to the page. Zero Suit Samus pose SMM.png Mario JC 21:21, September 28, 2019 (EDT)
I see. Just reasoned that since he said it was "decrypted", it wasn't released yet. Just because, you know, really everyone has a decrypted version of the current version. JoeRunner (talk and stuff) 11:47, September 29, 2019 (EDT)

Extracting files from MKT[edit]

I've tried and tried to extract files from this game, but the data folder seems to be completely empty. How did you guys extract the files from the game and put them onto here? --Kaidigem (talk) 16:46, October 21, 2019 (EDT)

in dr. mario world's case, i used asset studio gui. mario kart tour is a major pain in the ass to sort through though as i've heard it's an unorganized mess. where did you download mario kart tour's contents off of? it should be contained in an apk file, which is pretty much just a .zip in a different name. BabyLuigiFire.png Ray Trace(T|C) 16:50, October 21, 2019 (EDT)
I downloaded the APK from off my phone and tried to sort through it. It really is an unorganized mess, too; the data file is nearly empty, all that's in the DEX file are a bunch of class files I don't understand, there's a dummy text file that is completely empty, among other things. If anyone knows where the pictures in this article came from, please message me. --Kaidigem (talk) 16:57, October 21, 2019 (EDT)

Editing[edit]

Why can't I edit this page? There are a few typos I'd like to fix for myself, since I don't know if anyone else will fix it.

I can barely edit any other pages, anyhow. As in, I don't have the permissions to do so. --Kaidigem (talk) 08:28, November 1, 2019 (EDT)

The page is protected because it is receiving constant updates, so we're avoiding any false information. You'll be able to edit it yourself when you are autoconfirmed. For the time being, you can say what you noticed here and someone will fix it. Alex95sig1.pngAlex95sig2.png 14:16, November 1, 2019 (EDT)

I checked the drivers page, and on the High-End Tour Exclusive list, some of the kart size lists are mixed up. Could someone fix them? Pasteloku (talk) 06:58, June 4, 2020 (EDT)

Hi, just fixed it. MarioComix (talk) 17:45, June 4, 2020 (EDT)

Meaning behind "tour-exclusive"[edit]

As a person without this game, this article isn't doing a good job of telling me, are the "tour-exclusive" entities from previous "tours" now forever unavailable? If so, that should be spelled out specifically, as that sort of....setup is unusual IMO Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) 03:01, November 4, 2019 (EST)

The game states that they may become available in future tours. But as of now, they haven't been available outside of their designated tour. MarioComix (talk) 17:33, November 4, 2019 (EST)
It's quite typical for a gacha game. 208.95.51.52 18:01, November 5, 2019 (EST)
To explain a little more: some karts that are recolor of the normal karts can only be obtained by having the Gold Pass during a Tour, similarly in each Tour there are spotlight characters, karts and gliders that can only be obtained through the launch pipe. Each week there is a new launch pipe with a new spotlight character, kart and glider added. After the Tour is over, all of these can’t be obtained in the following Tour, making them exclusive to the Tour.—Mister Wu (talk) 17:39, November 6, 2019 (EST)

Maximum number of coins during a race confirmed[edit]

You can get up to 99 coins per race, as shown in this recent video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AC6W7Agifj4

I don't know where to add this, so I'll just put it here for anyone to put it in the proper place (if it needs to be added). Gold Luigi (talk) 13:46, November 11, 2019 (EST)

I added the info in the relevant section, thanks for the link to the video and the information!—Mister Wu (talk) 11:10, November 19, 2019 (EST)

Bullet Blaster with Monster tires[edit]

content://media/external/file/119442 Copy and paste this link Look at Bowser Jr., and the Bullet Blaster. Bullet Blaster has monster tires. Is this an error? Eythrius (talk) 21:55, November 18, 2019 (EST)

I can't see that file, however this had been covered before that the Bullet Blaster was seen with Monster tires in pre-release materials. We can only assume that it is just that, pre-release material, and was changed for the final product. MarioComix (talk) 23:02, November 18, 2019 (EST)
If you want us to actually see the image, don't use a "local to your computer" link. Just upload to an image hosting site or something similar. --ExdeathIcon.png Lord G. matters. ExdeathIcon.png 23:17, November 18, 2019 (EST)

Christmas Tour datamine[edit]

It looks like there's been a recent datamine of the characters coming to Mario Kart Tour next. Found proof on Twitter, but only in photo form.[1] SonicSpeed48 (talk) 06:29, December 12, 2019 (EST)

Tomorrow is the day of the announcement of the new tour, so we can just wait for that - unused datamined content is far from being uncommon in the whole Mario Kart series.—Mister Wu (talk) 13:59, December 12, 2019 (EST)

beta[edit]

multiplayer beta ended. update I am RedoStone (talk) 09:08, December 27, 2019 (EST)

Got it, thanks! JoeRunner (talk and stuff) 10:39, December 27, 2019 (EST)

Engine sounds[edit]

For each individual kart page, can you tell us what the engine sounds like? --174.225.15.10 11:39, January 4, 2020 (EST)

Unlike the other games, the karts do not have an engine sound.-CherryBomb314

They do have an engine sound, but it isn’t straightforward to extract and add that sound to each kart page, which is why they haven’t been added.—Mister Wu (talk) 18:42, February 24, 2020 (EST)

MKT Driver pic[edit]

Okay, I know the next tour is next week, but the driver's pic still needs to be updated. Whoever is able to update it, please do. SonicSpeed48 (talk) 15:56, January 10, 2020 (EST)

Tires?[edit]

Why do we need to list these when they're just aesthetics? 208.95.49.167 13:31, January 12, 2020 (EST)

Because they've existed in prior games as distinct entities. If we can name and classify them, then we can report that information. MarioComix (talk) 19:20, January 12, 2020 (EST)

So Much No Cover Arts...[edit]

Get Artworks For Em Please....
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Which will be done once the resident dataminers extract those image files from the game's internal files. Please be patient, the Ice Tour has been out for less than a day, while this page has a good track record of keeping up with its updates. MarioComix (talk) 18:07, January 15, 2020 (EST)

Pauline[edit]

Should Pauline be moved to the regular high-ends section? At this point she's appeared in three in a row, it's safe to assume she's staying. Also, images will be up soon. Had a busy day. SwampyGatorMKT Icon KingBooLuigisMansion.pngLet's chat! 20:14, January 15, 2020 (EST)

Maybe we can put a thing next to her name stating that she was tour exclusive until Holiday? SwampyGatorMKT Icon KingBooLuigisMansion.pngLet's chat! 20:42, January 15, 2020 (EST)
If that's the case, sounds right to me. MarioComix (talk) 22:22, January 15, 2020 (EST)

If she's not going to be moved, the Ice Tour at least needs to be added to her list of appearances. But she should really be moved. 208.95.49.53 17:17, January 20, 2020 (EST)

Hi hello please fix this :) 208.95.49.53 16:30, January 23, 2020 (EST)

Original tracks have dropped the "1" again[edit]

As of update 1.6.0, looks like the first track in each original series has re-removed the "1" from its name (e.g. "New York Minute 1" is now once again "New York Minute"). Should the wiki be updated to reflect this? --Eth3792 (talk) 02:01, January 28, 2020 (EST)

What about the "2" tracks (New York Minute 2, Tokyo Blur 2)? MarioComix (talk) 02:05, January 28, 2020 (EST)
Those are still shown as before and should be kept the way they are. Only New York Minute 1, Tokyo Blur 1, and Paris Promenade 1 would need to be changed --Eth3792 (talk) 02:12, January 28, 2020 (EST)
Let's sit on it for now, in case they change back again. MarioComix (talk) 03:03, January 28, 2020 (EST)

They are formerly known as that, they are now just "New York Minute" and "Tokyo Blur" and "Paris Promenade". -User:CherryBomb314/sig CherryBomb314 (talk) 09:44, February 8, 2020 (EST)

That's my point lol. We should probably wait a couple weeks though to make sure the next update doesn't change them back. --Eth3792 (talk) 12:01, February 8, 2020 (EST)
If the Vancouver Tour update keeps their names without the "1", then that might be a good enough indicator to change the names. MarioComix (talk) 16:27, February 8, 2020 (EST)
Looks like they have, wanna make the changes? --Eth3792 (talk) 12:26, February 15, 2020 (EST)
Yeah we should. Zero Suit Samus pose SMM.png Mario JC 21:25, February 15, 2020 (EST)

I'll work on moving the New York Minute pages to take care of this. If all goes well, I'll do the others tonight. --Eth3792 (talk) 12:20, March 9, 2020 (EDT)

Character Audio[edit]

Honestly, I think there should be audio samples for each of the characters, by that I mean when they are selected, I'd especially want that from the high-end spotlights.-CherryBomb314 09:40, February 8, 2020 (EST)

Mario Bros. Tour[edit]

The new Mario Bros Tour announcement shows us a new Mario Circuit which does not resemble any of the SNES MCs in layout, but still uses most of the same textures and assets. I find that I don't have any edit permissions on the article (since I'm new) so would it be OK if someone could add the track to the Nitro Tracks section?
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Let's wait until the tour launches before we categorise it. Zero Suit Samus pose SMM.png Mario JC 06:09, February 21, 2020 (EST)

New characters in the Mario Bros. Tour[edit]

There's a silhouette of Mario and Luigi in Twitter's announcement for the Mario Bros. Tour that is different from their in-game artworks. Should we add them as a Mario and Luigi alt characters? We might get a classic outfit alt for both of them. --MatiasNTRM (talk) 13:22, February 21, 2020 (EST)

To reply also to the points above (and future similar points dealing with what is hinted by the official Twitter account as well): with these reveals I think it is better to just list what was revealed in the respective Other sections, which is what was done for the new Mario Circuit-like course. When the Tour is released, the appropriate information is then added.—Mister Wu (talk) 13:58, February 21, 2020 (EST)

London Loop 2 and 3DS Rainbow Road R/T images[edit]

Can someone add the images for London Loop 2 (etc) and 3DS Rainbow Road R/T in the Courses section? I uploaded them, but I can't edit the article, apparently:

Thanks in advance! — Afelix (talk) 14:34, March 13, 2020 (EDT)

It has been done. Just so you know, if you can't edit the article, it's because you likely aren't autoconfirmed. BMfan08 (talk) 14:51, March 13, 2020 (EDT)
Thanks. That was the reason. I am new to the wiki after all. — Afelix (talk) 15:14, March 13, 2020 (EDT)

Driver list picture[edit]

Could somebody please update the picture of the full driver list? Doyle06 (talk) 16:51, March 15, 2020 (EDT)

Glider challenge[edit]

There was no Glider Challenge on the Vancouver Tour. Please check it as soon as possible to avoid creating confusion. Héctor GDL19 (talk) 15:35, March 16, 2020 (EDT)

Fixed, thanks for pointing it out. Zero Suit Samus pose SMM.png Mario JC 21:43, March 16, 2020 (EDT)

Kart, Glider, and certain Character Recolors/Re-skins[edit]

I had an idea for labeling new recolors or designs (such as the Red Turbo Yoshi or the Shell Parachute). Instead of calling them new, does it sound like a good idea to label them as a new redesign? Since truely, they aren't new parts, just re-skins of other parts. If so and someone else does this, I would label the Gold Free-running Koopa in the same way, since unlike most other character variants which change the outfit or something, it is just a simple recolor in the way that Shy Guys, Yoshis, and (strangely enough) Birdos are normally done. It is even in the same pose as the Red Free-running Koopa in the way the three previously mentioned characters are. Even if this doesn't seem like a good idea to others, I at least wanted to mention the possibility. ((Little Garfield) (talk) Yoshis!.gif March 19, 2020, 15:22 (EST)

This most likely wouldn’t work, because the different color variants of characters such as Yoshi and shy guy have different special items and favored courses. Doyle06 (talk) 09:29, March 24, 2020 (EDT)

That was about tagging the characters rather than grouping them, I'd be fine with a symbol pointing then that the character/part is a new variant of an existing character like we do with games such as Mario Kart 8 Deluxe with the DX label, but I'm not sure if it would be as clear as the new label. Maybe a NV or NR label?--Mister Wu (talk) 12:57, March 24, 2020 (EDT)

Hey, whatever works for the community at large. I do think it'd need to be clear enough to everyone, but I do think the differentiation would be useful to include somehow. ((Little Garfield) (talk) Yoshis!.gif March 25, 2020, 10:38 (EST)

P.S. This would mostly only apply to Gliders and Karts. The only two characters this would apply to would be Gold Koopa (Free-running) and Light Blue Birdo, as they are the only new recolors thus far. We'll likely see more of them in the future, since there are actual color-alts of Birdo in Super Mario Bros 2 and Super Mario Advance, and there are six different shell colors of Free-Running Koopas in Super Mario Odyssey. ((Little Garfield) (talk) Yoshis!.gif 3/25/20- 15:15 (EST)
There's no need to be that specific, distinguishing actually new characters and variants of existing characters is useful.--Mister Wu (talk) 20:26, March 25, 2020 (EDT)
I now marked the variants as new variant, try to see if that looks good.--Mister Wu (talk) 20:53, March 25, 2020 (EDT)

I fell like this might be confusing to some people, as the different variants have different special items and favored courses. But I might be overthinking. Doyle06 (talk) 23:24, March 25, 2020 (EDT)

We aren’t removing said information, which is still quite visible as far as the ability is concerned, just changing the label near the name.—Mister Wu (talk) 00:09, March 26, 2020 (EDT)

I am so glad that my idea got used. ((Little Garfield) (talk) Yoshis!.gif 4/06/20- 17:14 (EST)

RE: Kart, Glider, and certain Character Recolors/Re-skins[edit]

I have an issue with this idea: it feels disingenous to mark certain new characters as "variants" when the Mario Kart series has been introducing a different version of the same character as far back as Mario Kart: Double Dash!! (with Baby Mario and Baby Luigi, that is).

Let's think to Mario Kart 8 and the entire list of playable characters that have ever appeared in a Mario Kart game: When Tanooki Mario and Cat Peach were first introduced, they were added to that list of characters; this makes sense, as outside of Metal Mario, who is sometimes portrayed as his own being, there were never any playable versions of powerup forms in a Mario Kart game. And while multiple colored variants of Yoshi and Shy Guy were introduced, they weren't counted as new playable characters as they were only recolors of pre-existing characters that each didn't take a slot of their own. Flash forward to Mario Kart Tour, and you'll see King Boo's appearance from the Luigi's Mansion series, the Penguin Luigi and Ice Mario powerup forms, the golden freerunning Koopa Troopa from Super Mario Odyssey, and a Shy Guy in a chef's outfit, all as playable characters. Huh? Which should get added to the list?

Now, Mario Kart Tour has these "tours" featuring cups all named and designed around characters found in the game, such as the Mario Cup and the Daisy Cup. Most notably, these cups don't star costume or recolored variants of characters, meaning there's no Mario (Happi) Cup nor is there a Pink Shy Guy cup, even when they would otherwise be counted as new characters in the game. There are also cups for different forms of pre-existing characters that were thought to be new characters to the Mario Kart series at the time of their debuts, such as the Baby Mario Cup, the Dry Bowser Cup, and the Metal Mario Cup.

Ultimately, what I'm suggesting is that we take the cups that appear in each Tour as a criteria for what counts as a brand new character to the Mario Kart series and what counts as a new variant; if we were to take this approach, we would be left with Peachette, Pauline, Ice Mario, and Hammer Bro as the only new characters introduced to the Mario Kart series in Mario Kart Tour. It should be no coincidence either that the first three characters are all counted as High-End characters not exclusive to any tour, alongside Metal Mario and Dry Bowser. --Spiny Shell.pngSuperstarxalien169Spiny Shell Reverse.png 18:41, April 15, 2020 (EDT)

I think I would agree with that definition of having a cup = a separate character. Out of the ones listed, only Ice Mario shares animations and voices with another character (Metal Mario), but even then, his voice clips are not as filtered as Metal Mario's. About listing characters as "variants", to me, it boils down to how Mario Kart 8 (which is this game's basis for character animations) made an effort to have every character use different animations. As a result, those characters count as separate characters. In this game, the tour-exclusive variants, for example, share animations and voices with their base character. MarioComix (talk) 19:26, April 15, 2020 (EDT)
Well, not really. Yoshi (Egg Hunt) has a few exclusive animations not shared with Yoshi. The system that the game uses for tagging the new driver variants introduced in this game is name of character (name of variant). Ice Mario is not presented as Mario (Ice) and effectively he had his own cup, I wouldn't be surprised if Penguin Luigi will end up with his own cup since he's not presented as a variant either - although cups so far are restricted to drivers available in all the pipes so he'll have to become generally available before that. Funnily, the recolors of Yoshis and Shy Guys (but not Birdos) follow the old naming from Mario Kart 8 and thus aren't presented as variants, although this doesn't affect us since they aren't new either. With all that being said, I'm not sure if tagging just the official variants as new variant is what it's best for us. Pauline and Hammer Bro are way more notable than Ice Mario because those are completely new characters, similarly Red Koopa (Free-running) is likely one of the Roving Racers, even though the game uses the variant nomenclature for it (and effectively it never had its own cup). Ultimately, the variants weren't a true issue until Mario Kart Tour, now we need to find a system that will be useful for us to properly separate variants from completely new characters. We might use the "they're featured in a cup" criterion or the naming convention criterion, but we need to see if this leads us to miss certain characters (possibly, the Roving Racers) or gives us too many "false positives" (characters who are simply power-up forms rather than completely new characters, like Ice Mario).--Mister Wu (talk) 21:49, April 15, 2020 (EDT)
    Honestly, what ended up happening was far beyond my original definition of a reskin/recolor. I was referring to characters, karts, and gliders that are literally the original, but with a new color scheme (new tire set could also be featured for karts). I was never imagining all of the costumes would fall into the list, but in most cases I agree with the furthering of my idea. In my mind, there are four main rules for determining if the characters are variants or new characters (karts and gliders should be very obvious); the Base Model Rule, the Cup Name Rule, the Emblem Sharing Rule, and the Canonically-Different Rule.
    For the Base Model Rule, if the character looks different, but has the same base model as another, it is a variant. For example, Yoshi (Egg Hunt) uses Yoshi's model with two halves of an eggshell added on. All basic recolors also follow this rule. In addition, all basic recolors will also use the same render, just with its corresponding colors. As such, Yoshi's image in the character list is recolored for Red Yoshi and Black Yoshi. The same applies to Shy Guys, Birdos, and Free-running Koopas. This rule is sometimes not as easy to see visually, besides basic recolors, and will require some research, though it usually takes lowest priority of all of my rules.
    For the Emblem Sharing Rule, if they use the same emblem (the basic recolors of previously mentioned characters have recolored versions of the same emblem), they are the same character. The only exceptions to the emblem rule seems to be Builder Mario, Builder Toad, who use slightly different emblems, and Red Koopa Free-running. Builder Mario's emblem is just the Mario M on a yellow background instead of white, so its not a significant change and clearly is still a Mario alt. Builder Toad's however uses a Blue Toad cap rather than a red one, indicating that he is an alternate costume of Blue Toad rather than an alternate costume of Red Toad. Even though Blue Toad is not currently playable in-game, we know it is possible to get a variation of a part before the original from the examples of the Gilded Prancer and Dasher II (recolors of the Prancer and Cucumber respectively). Additionally, Toad (Pit Crew) uses the Red Toad cap his the emblem despite wearing a blue outfit, indicating that it is a Red-capped Toad. 
    For the Cup Name Rule, if a character has their own cup that is directly named after them, (at least as of now) they would classify as separate characters. The closest a cup comes to disproving this is the Ice Mario Cup. However, Ice Mario would just be a character in the way that Metal Mario is, where he's technically a version of Mario, but different enough for Nintendo to classify him separately from the other Mario variations by giving him a cup and not give any others a cup. 
    For the Canonically-Different Rule, if two characters are the same character (like Mario and Mario (Happi)), the alternate costume is a variant. First of all, Yoshis, Shy Guys, Birdos, and Koopas are entire species in addition to individual characters, so their basic recolors should count as variations despite them being separate characters. For example , if more Toads colors and costumes are added, it mostly depends on the color of the cap. Captain Toad and Blue and Yellow Toads would be separate characters from Toad due to having their own significant roles, but Blue and Yellow Toads would be classified the same due to their similar roles. Though technically, if a Red-capped Toad with a red vest gets added, than it would be separate from Toad and would be named Red Toad since the Red Toad we usually play (simply named Toad) is distinguishable from other Red Toads by his Blue vest (Toads usually wear vests that match their cap color). Toad (Part Time) and Toad (Pit Crew) are variants of Toad, while Builder Toad would be a variant of Blue Toad, even though Blue Toad has yet to be playable in Mario Kart Tour. Red Free-running Koopa is a separate character from Koopa Troopa in my mind, since in-universe the Roving Racers are separate from the Koopa Troop in the sense that they are always friendly towards Mario while standard Koopa Troopas are almost always aggressive in the main games (spin-offs don't really matter in this case). Also, the Fire Bro, Ice Bro, and Boomerang Bro are not variants of Hammer Bros, despite breaking the Emblem Sharing Rule and Base Model Rule. This is mostly because of the Canonically-Different Rule, as the four are separate sub-species of the Hammer Bro in game, which in itself is a sub-species of Koopas. Despite how closely related they are, they serve different-enough roles to be classified as separate by my rules.
    One last thing, I saw something about the people thinking that the baby versions of characters should be variants based on the ruling. While it is true that they are the same characters, they are a special case since it significantly changes the characters from their original appearance while being the same in a technical sense. Plus, if you want think about it like than, then Peachette is a variant of Toadette, Dry Bowser in a variant of Bowser, Ice Mario and Metal Mario are variants of Mario in addition to his costumes, Koopa (Free-running) is a variant of Koopa Troopa, and the Accursed One is a variant of Peach. See, those just don't make much sense, despite being versions of the original characters. Ice Mario is the only one I can go either way on.
    To me, the Canonically-Different Rule and Cup Name Rule are the most full proof, with the only characters currently without their own cup that could receive one being Fire Bro, Ice Bro, and Boomerang Bro, and Red Koopa (Free-running). However, since there are exceptions, you definitely need a combination of the four. I hope I have cleared everything up for how to classify characters in the future, at least based on my way of doing it (since it was my idea originally). ((Little Garfield) (talk) Yoshis!.gif) 4/22/2020 ~ 13:01 (EST)

Considering how Gold Koopa (Freerunning) is effectively a separate character in Super Mario Odyssey, I’d go for the emblem sharing rule. It’s very easy to tell if the emblem is the same or not and I think it’s the best compromise between false positives and false negatives. The recolored Yoshis and Shy Guys aren’t new anyway, and in our wiki Blue Toad is not Toad and the situation of the Birdos is yet to be clarified, basically leaving only Builder Mario and Yellow Birdo as possible false positives (since the light blue Birdo is still considered different from Birdo here). Considering how Ice Mario is treated as if he was a separate character, the issue of Builder Mario is really minor, on the other hand we can keep the Roving Racers and the various Koopa Bros. as new characters.—Mister Wu (talk) 14:53, April 29, 2020 (EDT)

I believe that there is no longer an easy "one size fits all" criterion for whether a character constitutes a variant or not, but instead, we have to approach the topic from multiple lines of evidence (sharing emblems, sharing animations and voices, having a cup, parenthesis naming) and use those to decide. For example, sharing an emblem, animations, or voices would be the prime indicator that a character is a variant. But just because they don't share those, doesn't mean they aren't a variant. MarioComix (talk) 15:43, April 29, 2020 (EDT)
I know Gold Koopa Free-running is seperate, but since he uses the same image (except recolored), he is a variation of Red Koopa Free-running for a similar reason to the Yoshis, Shy Guys, and Birdos. Also, I said that while some are a bit more reliable, you will always need a combination of the rules. Most of the alternate costumes of characters (like the several Mario and Peach variants) are quite obviously the same character just by looking at them, but then we have Metal Mario, Pink Gold Peach, and Ice Mario who are seemingly exceptions. ((Little Garfield) (talk) Yoshis!.gif) 5/7/2020 ~ 12:59 (EST) (Sorry, I forgot to put this originally)
We can’t use the same criterion used for confirmed species, as so far we have no evidence that the Roving Racers are a wider group of similar-looking freerunning Koopa Troopas, we only know of these five. Either we interpret them as just differently-dressed Koopa Troopas, and at that point the Red Koopa is a variant as well, or we interpret them as new characters, and at that point both are confirmed to be separate characters. Regarding the implementation in the game (literally just a new set of textures, including the emblem texture), we can’t really go that technical, as otherwise many variants actually have different meshes, textures, animations and sound clip when chosen, despite them clearly being labeled as variants in both the name and emblem.—Mister Wu (talk) 17:03, May 7, 2020 (EDT)

Regarding Gold Koopa, it's a variant of Red Koopa regardless of whether Red Koopa is a variant or not. We can see the example in the karts - Green Kiddie Kart is a new kart, and then they added Red Kiddie Kart later, which we count as a new variant of Green Kiddie Kart. The "Kiddie Kart" has not existed in any previous Mario Kart game. In the case of the Hammer Bros., they were all added at the same time, so it's not evident enough as to which Bro is a variant of whom. No matter how you look at it, Gold Koopa is a variant of Red Koopa, I'm sure these two share animations and voice clips, plus the only difference in their naming is the colour (like Red Yoshi to Black Yoshi), and their emblems differ by colour alone too. And if they're treated as "separate characters in-universe so they need to be separate characters", that's moot because 1. the other Birdos aren't the same as pink Birdo (and have never been seen changing colours in any other game) but are counted as variants and 2. we have many instances of the same character in-universe being treated as separate characters (ex. Bowser and Dry Bowser, Toadette and Peachette, Mario and Metal Mario). Plus there's the case of Builder Toad being a variant of Toad, but not necessarily because he's the Toad in Builder Form. So variants do not have to be the same individual as the base character (this is by far the shoddiest reasoning anyhow, because it would mean the likes of Dry Bowser and Peachette are variants, despite failing in all other criteria). MarioComix (talk) 21:23, May 7, 2020 (EDT)

Using the how many technical differences there are criterion would label many characters, who are explicitly labeled as variants by the game, as new characters, since as I stated before files-wise they are different in most aspects from the characters they are based on, so that criterion too alone can have its fair share of shoddiness. Until we find and agree on an objectively-evaluable combination of criteria, there will always be a degree of subjectivity in the decisions regarding what is variant and what is not, so I’d say it’s better to focus on the issue at hand. Now the Japanese names of the freerunning Koopas are 「あかノコノコ(レース)」 and 「ゴールデンノコノコ(レース)」, apart from reconfirming that they are indeed the runners from Super Mario Odyssey, their names also shows that Koopa is just a shorthand for Koopa Troopa, in order to have a shorter name. Their emblem too is just a recolored Koopa Troopa emblem, much like what was done with the Yoshis and Birdos. They are therefore presented by the game as color- and outfit-based variants of Koopa Troopa, which also explains why not even the red one received a cup so far despite being introduced long ago. I’m fine with labeling both as variants of Koopa Troopa just like the game does, but if we don’t do so because they're the Roving Racers from Super Mario Odyssey, then at this point in my opinion we need to acknowledge the Gold one as a new one as well, because it’s actually a distinguished member of the Roving Racers, appearing only in the postgame and using special tricks and routes.—Mister Wu (talk) 08:50, May 8, 2020 (EDT)
Then I think we're actually in agreement about the Roving Racers here, because the fact that they are "unique" characters is one of, if not the most, shoddiest lines for labelling variants. For example, the Birdos are clearly named in variant format "Name (Variant)", but Birdos have never been seen changing colours, so they can't be the same individual. Then taking the reverse logic, we have several separate characters who are the same individual but are not variants, i.e. Dry Bowser and Peachette. So I think the "individual characters" criterion is moot. MarioComix (talk) 17:49, May 8, 2020 (EDT)
Basically, the freerunning Koopas are like Builder Toad, but one step further:
  • both clearly are not the base character (Koopa Troopa and Toad respectively)
  • both have a different color pattern compared to that of the base character
    • and this is reflected in the emblem having the same logo of the base character but with different colors
  • both wear a different outfit compared to that of the base character
In the case of the freerunning Koopa Troopas, the naming is even that used for variants (although in English this is not as obvious due to the shorthand name Koopa they used in place of Koopa Troopa), so at this point, either we consider Builder Toad a new character or we consider the freerunning Koopas and Builder Toads variants. Considering how in the current state of the page the approach used to determine what are new drivers and new variants isn’t character-based, (and admittedly the cups themselves treat Dry Bowser, Peachette and Ice Mario as separate drivers) the latter choice is in my opinion the most consistent and the one we should take.—Mister Wu (talk) 18:32, May 8, 2020 (EDT)
Then in that case, the Roving Racers ought to be counted as variants. MarioComix (talk) 01:57, May 9, 2020 (EDT)
That's the change I plan to make, if nobody is against that.--Mister Wu (talk) 20:20, May 9, 2020 (EDT)

Minor Issue with Transparency[edit]

I happened to notice that the image of Morton used doesn't have a transparent background, while every other character's image does. It's hardly noticeable, but it seems strangely inconsistent and should be adjusted. ((Little Garfield) (talk) Yoshis!.gif March 25, 2020, 10:56 (EST)

This stems from us not using the artwork ripped from the game, but rather the artwork we already have. It makes sense since a lot of artwork in this game is reused, but this results in Morton not having a transparent background.--Mister Wu (talk) 20:55, March 25, 2020 (EDT)
I've obtained the raw image of Morton from a dataminer and uploaded it under File:MKT Artwork Morton.png. It's not great quality, but it has a transparent background and looks fine at 120x120. --Eth3792 (talk) 14:51, May 8, 2020 (EDT)

Point-boost ticket rewards in ranked cups[edit]

I noticed that you no longer receive more than 1/2/3 point-boost tickets for becoming 3rd/2nd/1st in the ranked cup, for the tier I am in now. I do not know if this holds for all tiers, but if someone knows, please update the table.Tomoto17 (talk) 06:14, March 29, 2020 (EDT)

The amount of point-boost tickets won has been reduced indeed: at rank 35 you get 3 of each type at first place, 2 of each type at second place and just one of each type at 3rd place. At the moment I'm just going to assume that all tiers receive the same rewards in terms of tickets, in case we'll update the table if some tiers still have different rewards.--Mister Wu (talk) 10:04, March 31, 2020 (EDT)

Character Variants[edit]

Initially, variants were decided by basically having the name of the base character, and then their "variant"-ness described in the parentheses, such as Mario (Musician), Peach (Kimono), and Mario (Hakama). Upon playing the game more, I realised that variants share animations and voices with the base character, and this became the new basis for variants - they also shared emblems. However, upon Red Yoshi's release, the emblem matter wouldn't stick since he's clearly a variant of Yoshi. Next, Ice Mario fell into a unique situation since he shares Metal Mario's animations but his voice clips do not have the same "metal" filter - this was further compounded by Ice Mario having his own cup, which no other clearly variant character has.

Gold Koopa (Freerunning) counts as a variant of Red Koopa (Freerunning) because they definitely share animations, and Gold Koopa was added after Red Koopa. Whether they should be a variant of Koopa Troopa, I'm not sure, since I don't know if they all share animations. For Hammer Bro and co., I'm not sure if all four of them share animations, but Boomerang Bro appears to be a variant of Hammer Bro. And to reiterate, variants are not decided on the basis of being the same character but with a different appearance - Peachette was never considered a variant (upon the game's release) because she doesn't share voices, animations, or emblem with another character. MarioComix (talk) 21:53, April 15, 2020 (EDT)

As I said above, we can't use animations or sound effects as criterion for variant-ness, since Yoshi (Egg Hunt) has different animations from Yoshi and even a different character select voice clip, but it's pretty clearly a variant of Yoshi, as the naming also suggests.--Mister Wu (talk) 22:09, April 15, 2020 (EDT)
Well, that's a shock. At least Yoshi (Egg Hunt) has the same emblem as regular Yoshi to point him as a variant of Yoshi. MarioComix (talk) 22:23, April 15, 2020 (EDT)

Updated Driver List (as of Trick Tour)[edit]

I assumed this would take care of itself by the start of the Yoshi Tour, but clearly I need to say something about it. It is missing 10 drivers now, so I think its a bit overdue. ((Little Garfield) (talk) Yoshis!.gif 4/22/2020 ~ 13:06 (EST)

Is Mario Kart Tour REALLY mainline?[edit]

lets be real, is it actually mainline? To me, it isn't. It's as mainline as Super Mario Run is. I think we can all agree that Mario Run is NOT mainline, so why do we think that Tour is? Tour, to me, is Namco's answer to Arcade GP, but let me guess, thats mainline too all of a sudden?
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It’s listed as the ninth main game in the Japanese Mario Portal, the official portal of Mario from Nintendo. Until the next console Mario Kart game we can’t have strong proof that the official site is wrong or not in this aspect.—Mister Wu (talk) 12:50, May 3, 2020 (EDT)
Well, we do consider Mario Run part of the main series, so... --MK8DX Waluigi Icon.png Too Bad! Waluigi Time! 12:54, May 3, 2020 (EDT)
ummm... no where, i repeat, NO WHERE, does it bring up anything about what is mainline or not, this is just a list of all the games by Nintendo. Also, if ur gonna use this, then that means there are two mario kart 8s in the main series, which is completely wrong. Alas, its either Mario Kart Tour is NOT mainline or its actually the TENTH, either way - you're dead wrong. --RSM (talk) 15:50, May 3, 2020 (EDT)
The Mario Kart Arcade GP games are not listed, but are officially licensed (and likely developed in collaboration with Nintendo as well). There is therefore a distinction between games deserving to be in that list or not. The name used for this group of games put in that list (e.g. main) is merely a problem of lexicon. We can choose a different term if it would be more appropriate. We obviously don't count enhanced ports - namely, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - as new entry, hence our ninth despite being the tenth element in that list.--Mister Wu (talk) 16:22, May 3, 2020 (EDT)
I believe ninth official is a better term, but it 100% is not part of the mainline mario kart series. If not, then use the terms the other way round. --RSM (talk) 16:28, May 3, 2020 (EDT)
I believe that Mario Kart Tour shall be considered the ninth "main", however when Mario Kart 9 comes around, it shall be refered to as the ninth "official" mario kart game. --RSM (talk) 16:31, May 3, 2020 (EDT)
What would an "unofficial" Mario Kart game be? They are all official. Alex95sig1.pngAlex95sig2.png 16:38, May 3, 2020 (EDT)
I think the user is arguing that Mario Kart Tour is a Mario Kart spin-off. BabyLuigiFire.png Ray Trace(T|C) 16:41, May 3, 2020 (EDT)
I do think this is the point as well; in any case nothing from Nintendo suggests that, ultimately Super Mario Run and Super Mario Maker were incorporated in the main series in the Super Mario article, I think that for now we'll do the same here. If a Mario Kart 9 came out, we'd change this as spin-off of course.--Mister Wu (talk) 16:51, May 3, 2020 (EDT)
If a Mario Kart 9 is not numbered, then I don't know unless Nintendo says that "MKT" is a ninth instalment.
The fact that New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is included in the Super Mario list, despite the previous enhanced ports/remakes not listed, it shows that they are just advertising the most recent games. - Infinite8 23:09, May 3, 2020 (EDT)
They are advertising recent games, which is why we are not including the enhanced ports by default. At the same time, though, the Switch version of Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is not included in the list depsite being recently remade, it being developed internally by Nintendo and it being a prequel for main Super Mario games, meaning that there is nonetheless a bit of selection on what goes in there. Similarly, Mario Kart Arcade GP VR is not in the list of Mario Kart games despite it being released in 2018, so after the list was first made for Mario kart 8 Deluxe.--Mister Wu (talk) 07:42, May 4, 2020 (EDT)

PSA: Recurring bonus challenges[edit]

Hi! If anyone other than SonicSpeed48 (who already knows) happens to add cups to tour pages from now on, please check Gallery:Mario Kart Tour screenshots and course icons#Challenges first, as the developers have started reusing bonus challenge icons. If the icon you're looking for is not there, just use the expected filename (or File:Nocoverart.png, if you prefer that) until the icon is uploaded. Thanks. — Afelix (talk) 05:17, May 7, 2020 (EDT)

Same for tours in cup pages, of course. I intend to upload the icons as soon as I can for the foreseeable future, as with the last four tours. — Afelix (talk) 05:22, May 7, 2020 (EDT)

Simplifying the tour-exclusive sections[edit]

Since it's becoming clear that Nintendo is willing to bring tour-exclusive items back in many different ways (e.g. Pink Gold Peach, Queen Bee, Apple Kart, ...), I've been thinking the current "Tour-exclusive" sections for drivers, karts, and gliders could use some reorganization. What if, for each of the 9 categories, we put all tour-exclusive items in a single table, listing how each item was available in each applicable tour? For example, Pink Gold Peach was available first in the Winter Tour as the week 2 spotlight, then in the Yoshi Tour as a non-spotlight in the Special Pipe, and now in the Flower Tour as a special offer. Here's a rough mockup of how we might encapsulate this information for each item. The expanded "Exclusive tour(s)" sections need some work, but if we can get that figured out, this would end any confusion or debate over the sub-tables we have at the moment.

A possible next step would be combining regular High-Ends into the same table with all the others (same with Supers and Normals). While I'm not yet sure how this would work, it would allow us to cover things such as the Heart Balloons being a spotlight this tour despite being a regular High-End in previous tours, and possibly the opposite happening with Pauline (though her "demotion" appears to be a one-time event at the moment).

--Eth3792 (talk) 03:48, May 8, 2020 (EDT)

The mock-up table looks good to me. MarioComix (talk) 04:07, May 8, 2020 (EDT)
I also think it's a nice organizational change to the article. Toadette icon CTTT.pngArchivistToadettefont.png(T|C) 05:58, May 8, 2020 (EDT)
I also support this. — Afelix (talk) 06:20, May 8, 2020 (EDT)
I like the change as well, maybe I’d change Exclusive Tour with something like Special availability in, with a General availability in showing the tour in which the character first became regularly available in all the regular pipes appeared since then.—Mister Wu (talk) 09:00, May 8, 2020 (EDT)
I really like this idea. This could be applied to every driver/kart/glider, with the majority of Normals and Supers having "None" in Special availability in, but those that have been available in spotlights or packs would now be covered in the same table. Let me see if I can draft what this would look like. --Eth3792 (talk) 13:44, May 8, 2020 (EDT)
I've added these suggestions to the regular High-End drivers table. Thoughts/critiques? --Eth3792 (talk) 14:04, May 8, 2020 (EDT)
BTW, I think it'd be best for now not to combine the Regular tables with the Tour-exclusives; in the current format one can tell at a glance which drivers/karts/gliders are available in every pipe, and that info would be buried if the tables were combined. Pauline is currently the only item that may be better off in such a combined format. --Eth3792 (talk) 14:10, May 8, 2020 (EDT)

Thanks for all the feedback. I've gone ahead and converted the tour-exclusive drivers section to this new combined format. I'll create a mockup of Mister Wu's suggestion, and we can decide where to go from there. --Eth3792 (talk) 13:46, May 8, 2020 (EDT)

Bonus Challenges[edit]

First, I'd like to mention that the table of Bonus Challenges is starting to bleed off the page, even on desktop mode. I think it would make sense to make a new "Bonus Challenge" or "List of bonus challenges in Mario Kart Tour" page and move that chart data over. Speaking of that chart data, what does it even mean? The challenges have either 1, 2, or 3 in the table cells but there's no indication as to what the numbers even mean? MarioComix (talk) 00:28, June 18, 2020 (EDT)

I guess that would mean how many times these challenges appear for each tour. My suggestion would be changing to a table with a description of each challenge, and a separate table with the tally count. The new "Bonus Challenge" page would work as well, while the table with descriptions can be put in the Bonus Challenge section. - Infinite8 03:21, June 18, 2020 (EDT)

Driver/Kart/Glider Tables[edit]

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While the ease of organising the data in the table is nice, my main issue is that it removes all the historical data such as exclusive availability and special availability of characters/karts/gliders (like as a special pack, Gold Pass gift, etc.). I think we need to come to some kind of consensus on how we can get the best of both worlds. MarioComix (talk) 17:27, June 21, 2020 (EDT)

I created the original template with the very few information we had at the start, thinking that Tours would cycle and were only city and holiday related. The clasification was entirely fan made and now it's been proven time and time again that a old characters and parts can reappear in Tours going forward. Since that information becomes obsolete as every new tour starts those are only relevant as historic reference and are already present or should be in each Tour page for when it becomes available through a none Pipe method of purchase. That way on this the main page of the game only accounts for that element being in the game and the first time it was available. GamblerMario (talk) 18:52, June 21, 2020 (EDT)
Then if someone wants to know how they can unlock Monty Mole in the game, they should check Monty Mole's page, and ideally the information of his limited availability (i.e. tour-exclusive to Flower Tour) would be there. And if this information hasn't been moved to each character's page, then they'd have to search every Tour page to find out that Monty Mole was exclusively available in Flower Tour. Would you say this is the course of action someone would now have to take? MarioComix (talk) 20:08, June 21, 2020 (EDT)
Hmm, you're right, that information is not clear in the new simplified table BUT I would argue that under the old template the same questions happened since that was not clear then either. Then again, only in mobile games you have the problem of temporal availability that changes everytime a new Tour starts. In that case if I want to know right now if Monty Mole is available in Tour "X" it's not very useful to me to know it was available in Tour "T", "N" and "C" because those are already over. The important fact is that it was first available in "C" and unless someone updates that it's available in "X" (might be easy for spotlights, packs and gifts but not for EVERYTHING in the pipe) the information in the main page would get clustered again. GamblerMario (talk) 21:23, June 21, 2020 (EDT)
Well, the reason for separating "tour-exclusive" characters out was because they wouldn't be obtainable except in the exclusive tours listed. So let's say for Shy Guy (Pastry Chef), the table used to say he was available in Paris, Valentine's, and Cooking Tours, so we can deduce that he's not available otherwise. I'm not sure if the Pipe inventories have begun to include these tour-exclusive characters, but for High-End drivers I can confirm that the "regular" High-End characters were available in every Pipe. (I know the Daily Selects have changed, so maybe the Pipe too?) A not-too-hard fix would be to just move all the "special availability" information to each character's page - the only issue is whether someone will step up to do that, and be willing to traverse to so many characters' pages just to update it for each new tour. MarioComix (talk) 23:14, June 21, 2020 (EDT)
A simple and not too intrusive addition that would still give the essential information would be adding an “Availability” column, with the text being either “Shop” with gold background for items available as Daily Selects, “Pipe” with green background for the items available in all the pipes and “Limited” with gray background for the rest.—Mister Wu (talk) 09:03, June 22, 2020 (EDT)
Speaking to this: could detailed availability info possibly be added to the MKTProfile template on each driver/kart/glider's page? Would that even be worth it? Another option is to just add a paragraph to each page stating "[d/k/g X] was available as a Gold Pass gift in [tour Y], and as a spotlight in [tour Z]," but that might not fit within the drivers' respective "Profiles and Statistics" sections. --Scepthan (talk) 23:23, June 24, 2020 (EDT)
If someone is willing to view history of this page and move all that special availability information to each driver/kart/glider's individual page, then that would be the easiest fix. There's also the point that for each new tour, the people keeping track of these special availabilities will have to go around on a wiki tour and visit whichever pages need updating. If someone is willing to do that, go for it. MarioComix (talk) 00:17, June 25, 2020 (EDT)

Driver/Kart/Glider Tables Order[edit]

Before an edit war starts for this topic, I have to ask, is there an specific policy in the wiki that states that all character list should be in Character Select Screen (CSS) order? That's because for this game in particular that order is messy and not very intuitive. That and the fact that the player very seldomly goes to the Kart and/or Glider lists is the reason I suggest we should order them all by variants. GamblerMario (talk) 13:47, June 22, 2020 (EDT)

To be blunt, I would go with the order I edited, which would be starting with in-game order: Mario, Peach, Yoshi, Daisy, etc. but for each character, we place all variants (based on sharing the same emblem, or having a recolour for their emblem, such as Peach, Peach (Kimono) and others, then Pink Gold Peach) next to the base character. The reason we go with in-game orders is to avoid arbitrary ordering decisions. For example, you initially ordered karts and gliders based on when they were introduced to the Mario Kart series, however, that order is irrelevant to the order of karts and gliders in Mario Kart Tour, especially when we come to the conflict of "how do we order the karts introduced in Mario Kart 7"? It seems you went back to MK7 and looked at that game's in-game order to order the karts for this game. So why not use the in-game order for the actual Mario Kart Tour game? So again I suggest the compromise between in-game order of characters, karts, and gliders, but placing the variants after each of their bases. MarioComix (talk) 14:46, June 22, 2020 (EDT)
I had to re-add the footnote lines back to each section, and move Gold Mario out of the Other section with the other Mario variants, because it felt like something was off when I saw Gold Mario in one section and the small footnotes not shown for each item. --Bri (talk)

Inaccuracies in the debuts column[edit]

It should be noted that Black Shy Guy and Pink Shy Guy debuted earlier in Mario Kart DS (exclusive to DS Download Play), and Red Yoshi debuted in Mario Kart: Super Circuit (exclusive to GBA Single-Pak Multiplayer). - Infinite8 10:17, June 23, 2020 (EDT)

I didn't include them going by the same rules for karts like Blue Biddybuggy and Black Circuit - they weren't explicitly named as such before. (Shy Guys were just "Shy Guy" in MKDS, Red Yoshi was just "Yoshi" in MK:SC, I assume since they're not selectable characters. Similarly, "Blue Biddybuggy" and "Black Circuit" haven't appeared in a prior Mario Kart game.) MarioComix (talk) 15:07, June 23, 2020 (EDT)
Both the "Blue Biddybuggy" and "Black Circuit" have previously appeared in Mario Kart 8 as a respective colour schemes for the Biddybuggy and Circuit Special, exclusive to certain characters. Same goes for "Birthday Girl Rosalina" and "Birthday Girl Daisy", which both appeared in Mario Kart 7 as Rosalina's and Daisy's colour schemes respectively. - Infinite8 03:43, June 24, 2020 (EDT)
But that's the thing, we decided to count them as new karts because there has technically been no kart named "Birthday Girl Rosalina" or "Black Circuit" in any prior game. Hence, I was following that technicality for "Red Yoshi" and the Shy Guys, just putting it out there. MarioComix (talk) 15:58, June 24, 2020 (EDT)
I think the Daisy Glider should have the "new variant" removed because I am 100% sure that this glider is simply the Mario Kart 7 Flower Glider with various modifications.--24.44.76.88 14:23, July 13, 2020 (EDT)

"new" vs "new variant"[edit]

This article lists Ice Mario as simply (new) but characters like Penguin Luigi and Builder Mario as (new variant). now I'm wondering what makes this distinction. it seems completely arbitrary to me and I can't figure out why it is listed like this. if Ice Mario isn't a variant, then why are other powerups? we didn't call Metal Mario or Tanooki Mario new variants when they were added. very curious. also, this also mainly relates to the character table on Mario Kart (series) because the "variants" aren't listed there except for.. Gold Mario? idk. I didn't wanna go and change it since I feel like this is done with a reason and it's so minor but also it doesn't make a lot of sense to me. - Qyzxf (talk) 08:22, July 23, 2020 (EDT)

The game gives various clues to signal minor variants that we list as new variants, such as the name being Name (variant name), the emblem being identical with at best a recoloring and the minor variants so far not getting their own cups (this include Red Koopa (Freerunning), who is technically a new character but is treated by the game as minor variants of Koopa Troopa). So far we are relying on those clues as far as drivers are concerned, whereas for karts and gliders the reuse of the base design is more obvious (and often even outright stated in the internal data).—Mister Wu (talk) 13:09, July 23, 2020 (EDT)
Not to mention this whole "variant" categorisation doesn't apply at all to previous games - in those cases, all characters introduced are new characters. Hence, Tanooki Mario and Gold Mario are listed because they were introduced in older games. Also, Gold Mario is only playable in Gold Rush so his footnote is still relevant in the series page's table. In short, the main criteria for variants are: "Name (variant name)", sharing an emblem or particular animations with the base character (in particular, the rocket start animation), or if their emblem is a simple recolour of the base character's emblem and they don't have a personal cup. MarioComix (talk) 18:42, July 23, 2020 (EDT)
Fair point! I was going to also bring up Builder Mario having a different emblem, but I'm guessing that counts as the latter part? Qyzxf (talk) 09:57, July 24, 2020 (EDT)
Yes, Builder Mario has yet to have a personal cup. In fact, no confirmed variants or recoloured characters (like Red Yoshi) have their own cup. MarioComix (talk) 18:01, July 24, 2020 (EDT)

Pack Special Availability[edit]

If the Pack lasts both weeks of a Tour, then I think we should either remove the association with a particular week, or specify that it lasts both weeks. Since "Week 1 pack" implies that the pack was available for the 1st week, and then no longer available for the 2nd week. Likewise, "Week 2 pack" means the pack was available for the 2nd week, and gone after that Tour ended. "[Tour] (Pack)" would imply that the pack was available for the entire duration of that Tour. MarioComix (talk) 22:37, July 23, 2020 (EDT)

Metal Mario and Dry Bowser as possible starting drivers[edit]

I'm trying to put down that Metal Mario and Dry Bowser are given to players after the tutorial on the table; however, I don't know if that was confirmed or not, so I think it was already possible during the first release. --Bri (talk)

Hopefully we can find video footage of it somewhere online... MarioComix (talk) 22:51, July 26, 2020 (EDT)
I overheard someone on the Mario Kart Tour Community Discord that someone else got Dry Bowser (still unconfirmed), but here is proof Metal Mario appears: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xClWB7aU1TM
Okay, good find. I think I'll add in references just to compile them on the main page. MarioComix (talk) 19:07, July 27, 2020 (EDT)

Are Remix Courses considered Nitro or Retro?[edit]

So I've noticed that Kalimari Desert 2 (based on N64 Kalimari Desert), which is considered a new course, is under a nitro course on the page. However, RMX Mario Circuit 1 and RMX Choco Island 1, which are also new courses, are considered retro courses on the page. If Kalimari Desert 2 is a Nitro Course, shouldn't the Remix Courses also be considered nitro courses?
The preceding unsigned comment was added by Edlde62 (talk).

I do agree that Kalimari Desert 2 is like RMX tracks, actually it’s more like the latter R/T track variants as the base layout is clearly the one of N64 Kalimari Desert in this game. At best we can name the section “remakes” so the distinction with RMX track sets (that feature a new layout while reusing the SNES tracks assets) remains, but Kalimari Desert 2 clearly isn’t a Nitro track like the city tracks.—Mister Wu (talk) 10:55, August 1, 2020 (EDT)
Perhaps we could make a section under N64 courses called "Alternate layout" and put Kalimari Desert 2 in there, since it's basically Kalimari Desert but with an alternate layout. MarioComix (talk) 13:52, August 1, 2020 (EDT)
Yes, but what I'm explaining is: wouldn't the RMX Courses be Nitro courses instead of Retro?
The preceding unsigned comment was added by Edlde62 (talk).
The RMX courses were originally listed in the Nitro section, but were moved because they are internally labeled "rsfc" (Super Famicom remix). However, this seems incorrect, since the layout of these courses are completely new - unlike Kalimari Desert 2. Even the MKT template lists them as new courses. So I moved them back to the Nitro section. The Italian wiki lists these courses under a Remix section, separate from the Retro section.
--PhGuy12 (talk) 16:26, August 1, 2020 (EDT)
I’m not really liking this reversion and like more what SwampyGator (talk) was starting to do. Putting RMX tracks alongside city tracks when even internal data confirms that they are using SNES tracks assets is using old criteria that fit Mario Kart Tour badly. We have different degrees of novelty now:
  • Nitro tracks (in this game, the city tracks)
  • RMX tracks (reused assets, completely new layout)
  • new 2 tracks (like New York Minute 2, London Loop 2 and Kalimari Desert 2, same base layout of the original tracks, different placement of certain elements to create a new track)
  • Retro tracks
We can discuss how to properly classify the new 2 tracks, but ultimately they are using a rather consistent naming since the 1 city tracks had their original name without the 1 restored and I think sooner or later we’ll have to acknowledge how in Mario Kart Tour there aren’t simply Nitro and Retro tracks.—Mister Wu (talk) 21:40, August 1, 2020 (EDT)

Nabbit's kart size[edit]

Nabbit definitely has a medium kart, not a small one. I took screenshots of both him and Mario in the pipe frame on Choco Island 1 and their karts are clearly the same size. I can upload the screenshots to Imgur or something if necessary. 76.111.186.236 22:01, August 13, 2020 (EDT)

Link them, please. --JumpPumpkinPlant SMW.pngDarkNightSMW Pumpkin Plant.png 22:54, August 13, 2020 (EDT)
https://imgur.com/a/GLR8nTm 76.111.186.236 23:39, August 13, 2020 (EDT)
Looks so. We might need a further discussion on this. (Sorry, I've never played MKT) --JumpPumpkinPlant SMW.pngDarkNightSMW Pumpkin Plant.png 23:45, August 13, 2020 (EDT)
Sorry to ask, but could you also upload the original screenshots to imgur? (I'm assuming you composited them together to make that image.) MarioComix (talk) 23:55, August 13, 2020 (EDT)
https://imgur.com/a/rAcA7Hi 76.111.186.236 02:04, August 14, 2020 (EDT)
Yeah, Nabbit looks medium enough to me. I'll make the change to the article. MarioComix (talk) 04:43, August 14, 2020 (EDT)

Merging the “new” 2,3 etc. tracks?[edit]

With Tokyo Blur now getting its third iteration (with the screenshot again showing the very same base track 3D mesh, just with different elements), I feel like we should consider merging the various iterations together in the same page. This isn’t like in Super Mario Kart or Mario Kart: Super Circuit where the track layout was different but the theme was the same - the equivalent of those in Mario Kart Tour are the RMX tracks -, those tracks share the very same 3D mesh and just move a few added elements to allow exploring different parts of said mesh. The same can be said about Kalimari Desert 2, which is actually less original than the RMX tracks. What do you think?—Mister Wu (talk) 19:47, August 21, 2020 (EDT)

I haven't played the game so I'm just going off what you said here, but it sounds like the layouts are still different even if the rest of the track technically still exists. Trying to explain up to three different layouts (and possibly more as the game continues) on the same article sounds like it'll get a bit messy. --MK8DX Waluigi Icon.png Too Bad! Waluigi Time! 19:58, August 21, 2020 (EDT)
Because the track layouts are different, I say we should keep them separate. It'd be a different case if they all shared the exact same name but had different layouts. MarioComix (talk) 01:22, August 22, 2020 (EDT)

Question[edit]

There’s a typo near the bottom of the page where a few hyphens would need removed. Is that there for a reason?
The preceding unsigned comment was added by LogrithmGames (talk).

What precisely are you talking about? Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) 15:52, September 4, 2020 (EDT)

Do Mario (SNES) and Donkey Kong Jr. (SNES) Count as Variants?[edit]

Since these two are in quite a novel situation, let's look at the evidence for and against them.

For being a variant:
  1. They use the variant naming style consistent with all variants, i.e. Character Name (Variant).
  2. They are recognisably the same character as their base character (Mario is Mario, DK Jr. is DK Jr.). Contrast this with Dry Bowser, who has been an entity distinct from Bowser, and is therefore not a variant.
  3. They do not have their own cup, and it might be cumbersome to have, say, a Mario (SNES) Cup. However, Captain Toad, the High-End Kongs, Nabbit, and King Bob-omb don't have their own cup yet, either.
For being a new character:
  1. They do not share their emblem with the base character, and neither is it a simple recolour, which would be inconsistent with other variants. If we disregard this criterion, then Captain Toad would fit to be a variant rather than a new character, since he doesn't share his emblem with Toads, but he does share his animations, in particular his winning animation as seen here.
  2. They do not share assets (a base icon, model, or animations) with the base character, namely for Mario (SNES). This one kind of speaks for itself... There are variants who have their own unique trick animations, for example, but I believe they still share the same "rocket start" animation. As well, their head and map icons are all a modified version of the base character's, so their face (and angle of their head icon) looks identical, just with different hats/clothes. The same cannot be said for these SNES characters' icons.
  3. This criterion is more arbitrary, but imagine the base characters were to have alternate costumes. Would their variants fit neatly as simple costume swaps? Clearly, the SNES characters would not fit, but pretty much all existing variants would (and even separate characters, like Ice Mario and Captain Toad, but they fit other criteria to not be variants).

I personally believe the two SNES characters don't fit as variants, despite the naming convention. Still, does anyone have anything else to add or to consider? MarioComix (talk) 23:15, September 9, 2020 (EDT)

Thing is, these aren’t new at all, the concept of creating characters based on Super Mario Kart sprites is new, but the base characters and the vast majority of their sprites all appeared in Super Mario Kart. So in my opinion we either use new variants to reflect the new approach or we don’t say anything since there really is nothing new in these characters to begin with.—Mister Wu (talk) 08:03, September 10, 2020 (EDT)
Well, if we go by the karts conundrum (e.g. Birthday Girl vs. Birthday Girl Rosalina vs. Birthday Girl Daisy), the design existed before (Mario and DK Jr.'s sprite, the orange or light-blue Birthday Girl), even though technically there has never been a kart named "Birthday Girl Daisy" or "Mario (SNES)" before. So, for consistency, I guess we're better off not saying anything? One could also argue that since they're 2D sprites playable in a 3D game, they're "new characters" since there's intention to use the old graphics (like 8-Bit Dr. Mario in Dr. Mario World), as opposed to just being "the character Mario, but due to technical limitations he's in 2D". MarioComix (talk) 15:35, September 10, 2020 (EDT)
The concept is indeed new, but character-wise they surely aren’t new since they’re supposed to be the drivers from Super Mario Kart, they couldn’t be retro drivers if they really were new. We could invoke how some variants were indeed treated by the game as another Metal Mario case and thus given general availability and even their own cup, namely Ice Mario as far as Mario is concerned, but the naming and non-general availability point out how these aren’t supposed to be major variants that we’d consider “new”. They probably deserve quite a few words in the main pages to describe the very interesting approach, but as far as novelty is concerned, retro drivers by definition can’t be really new and the game currently doesn’t really want to present them as major variants. In any case, it will be an easy fix if Nintendo changes how these drivers are presented by the game.—Mister Wu (talk) 17:10, September 10, 2020 (EDT)

Possible 3rd New York Track[edit]

So on the game's main site, there's that moving image that showcases a variety of tracks in the game. It's been there since launch obviously, but there's one screenshot that showcases a New York track, but it's a different area than the 2 currently in the game. My question: is that enough to have an Unreleased section in the tracks and put it there? I know we've only had an unreleased or upcoming section for tracks we've seen much more of (such as Luigi's Mansion and DK Pass prior to their respective tours or tracks from the tour previews days before). YoshiHeadSSBU.png Tails777 Talk to me!SSBUStockIcon - Robin.png21:20, September 26, 2020 (EDT)

There's still the possibility that the course has been scrapped and wouldn't be coming to the game at all, in which case, it should only be on the MKT pre-release and unused content page. MarioComix (talk) 02:50, September 27, 2020 (EDT)