Mario Kart Tour (マリオ カート ツアー) 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 is also expected to support tablets and even computers with a compatible mobile OS.
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.
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.
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 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. 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.
- 2 random high-end drivers, 2 karts, and 2 random gliders.
- 9 random super drivers, 7 karts, and 4 gliders.
- 31 random normal drivers, 25 karts, and 15 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).
59 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.
There are currently 69 karts that have been released.
There are currently 43 gliders that have been released.
- New York (25/09/2019 - 08/10/2019)
- Tokyo (09/10/2019 - 22/10/2019)
- Halloween (23/10/2019 - 05/11/2019)
- Paris (06/11/2019 - 19/11/2019)
- Winter (20/11/2019 - 03/12/2019)
- London (04/12/2019 - 17/12/2019)
- Holiday (18/12/2019 - 31/12/2019)
- New Year's (1/1/2020 - 14/1/2019)
- Ice (15/1/2019 - 29/1/2019)
New YorkWeek One: Week Two:
TokyoWeek One: Week Two:
HalloweenWeek One: Week Two:
ParisWeek One: Week Two:
WinterWeek One: Week Two:
LondonWeek One: Week Two:
HolidayWeek One: Week Two:
New Year'sWeek One: Week Two:
IceWeek One: Week Two:
- Nintendo announced Mario Kart Tour via Twitter on January 31, 2018.
- Mario Kart Tour is designed for non-Nintendo devices, and as with Super Mario Run, it can be expected to have significant differences compared to releases for dedicated gaming consoles. Some of its various features include:
- A premium subscription that costs $4.99 called the Gold Pass.
- Nintendo Network support.
- In-game currency (Rubies).
- 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 fifth handheld game of the franchise after Super Circuit, DS, 7, and 8 Deluxe.
- Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart 8 are the only games in the main series without a currently-confirmed returning stage in this game.
- 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.