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Mario Kart Tour (マリオ カート ツアー) in Japan is the newest title in the Mario Kart series. It is the third Mario game released for mobile operating systems, after Super Mario Run and Dr. Mario World. It was announced on January 31, 2018, and was originally scheduled for release by March 2019, but was later on released on September 25, 2019, in Japan, Oceania, Asia, North America, and Europe.

While the game is designed for mobile devices, much like the game's predecessors on Nintendo handhelds (Super Circuit, DS, and 7 on dedicated handhelds, and 8 Deluxe on the hybrid Nintendo Switch), it also supports tablets and even computers with a compatible mobile OS. 

Content

Campaign Mode

Campaign mode revolves around playing through the tour itself. Whenever a new tour launches, it will bring new cups to the player to race through. Each cup contains 3 races and 1 bonus challenge. Certain cups are locked from the beginning but unlock as days pass (or can be sped up using quick tickets.) Based on the score a player gets in each race, they will be allotted 0 - 5 Grand Stars, which are used to unlock tour gifts (which contain Coins, rubies, tickets, drivers, and karts) and more cups. Points earned across all the courses (not counting bonus challenges) are totaled together for the All-Cup Ranking score.

Multiplayer (Beta)

A Multiplayer Beta Test was launched for a few weeks in December 2019. The mechanics featured a specific cup in rotation every thirty minutes. Within those thirty minutes, the three tracks in the cup would be alternated between. It is unknown if this is the final multiplayer.

Coin Rush

In Coin Rush, you play on the track of the featured tournament. Playing as Gold Mario, the player will drive through the course, collecting Coins that are magnetized towards Gold Mario, and then are multiplied at the end, depending on the multiplier.

  • Coins x2: 5 rubies.
  • Coins x6: 15 rubies.
  • Coins x10: 25 rubies.

The Pipe

The pipe is the feature used to unlock characters, karts, and gliders, which costs rubies to use. There are two options for firing off the pipe, the 1-shot (5 rubies), and the 10-shot (45 rubies, 10% discount). Each tour includes two sets of spotlight content. Week 1 of the specified tour will include 1 spotlight character, kart, and driver, whilst Week 2 will include a different set of spotlights. There are certain exceptions. While it may seem random, the pipe, is in fact, not. Let's take a look at the pipe. There are 100 total shots within each pipe (which can be reset after at least one shot, to reset the odds.) Firing all 100 shots will result in the following:

  • The specified spotlight driver, kart, and glider of the specific week of the tour.
  • 1 random high-end driver, 1 kart, and 1 random glider.
  • 9 random super drivers, 7 karts, and 4 gliders.
  • 32 random normal drivers, 26 karts, and 16 gliders.

Within each specified quantity of characters, karts, and drivers, the specific item you get will be randomized within that category. (For example, if you get a normal character, it will select randomly between the available normal characters for that pipe.) 

Once you have received a specific item from any category, its probability will drop, while the rest of the items' probabilities will rise. Once the count for any item in its category hits 0, nothing from the said category can be obtained until the pipe is reset.

Below is a following of all the drivers, karts, and gliders you can obtain in the game. Certain items are not obtainable via the pipe and are instead retrieved through Tour Gifts (some from the Gold Pass).

Drivers

71 characters have been released in Mario Kart Tour so far. This includes recurring characters of the Mario Kart series, as well as new characters such as Pauline & Peachette.

Normal

Super

High-End

Karts

There are currently 78 karts that have been released.

Normal

Super

High-End

Gliders

There are currently 53 gliders that have been released.

Normal

Super

High-End

Tracks

38 tracks have been released in Mario Kart Tour so far. This includes recurring tracks of the Mario Kart series, as well as new ones from the tours, such as New York Minute & Tokyo Blur.

Retro

SNES

N64

GBA

GCN

DS

3DS

New

Coming Soon

TBA.

Tours

  1. New York (September 25, 2019 - October 8, 2019)
  2. Tokyo (October 9, 2019 - October 22, 2019)
  3. Halloween (October 23, 2019 - November 5, 2019)
  4. Paris (November 6, 2019 - November 19, 2019)
  5. Winter (November 20, 2019 - December 3, 2019)
  6. London (December 4, 2019 - December 17, 2019)
  7. Holiday (December 18, 2019 - December 31, 2019)
  8. New Year's (January 1, 2020 - January 14, 2020)
  9. Ice (January 15, 2020 - January 28, 2020)
  10. Valentine's (January 29, 2020 - February 11, 2020)
  11. Vancouver (February 12, 2020 - February 25, 2020)
  12. Mario Bros. (February 26, 2020 - March 11, 2020)
  13. Baby Rosalina (March 12, 2020 - March 25, 2020)
  14. Hammer Bro (March 26, 2020 - April 7, 2020)
  15. Yoshi (April 8, 2020 - April 22, 2020)

Spotlights

New York

Week One: Week Two:

Tokyo

Week One: Week Two:

Halloween

Week One: Week Two:

Paris

Week One: Week Two:

Winter

Week One: Week Two:

London

Week One: Week Two:

Holiday

Week One: Week Two:

New Year's

Week One: Week Two:

Ice

Week One: Week Two:

Valentine's

Week One: Week Two:

Vancouver

Week One: Week Two:

Mario Bros.

Week One: Week Two:

Baby Rosalina

Week One: Week Two:

Hammer Bro

Week One: Week Two:

Items

Returning

New

Trivia

  • Nintendo announced Mario Kart Tour via Twitter on January 31, 2018.
  • Mario Kart Tour is designed for non-Nintendo devices, and as with Nintendo's other mobile apps, it is significantly different from releases for dedicated gaming consoles. This includes:
    • Gold Pass, a US$4.99/month premium subscription
      • This is in contrast to Super Mario Run's one-time US$9.99 in-app purchase to fully unlock the game, and lower monthly fees for Nintendo Switch Online service.
    • Nintendo Network support, though unlike Super Mario Run and company, it has no My Nintendo support.
    • Rubies as in-game currency; unlike Super Mario Run, My Nintendo Coins cannot be used.
    • Friend lists
  • Mario Kart Tour is the ninth release of Mario Kart as consumer software, but as it omits the number 9 in its name, it could indicate that Nintendo distinguishes it from the main Mario Kart series.
  • This is technically the fourth handheld game of the franchise after Super Circuit, DS, and 7.
  • Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart 8 are the only games in the main series without a currently-confirmed returning stage in this game.
  • Miis are originally going to appear but are removed, perhaps due to Miitomo being discontinued in 2018.
  • This game is one of the only games of the Mario Kart franchise to have three items inside a single item box.
  • In beta mode, emeralds were used instead of rubies.

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