Mario Kart Tour (マリオ カート ツアー Mario Kāto Tsuā) 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.
Single Player 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 (challenges that are easily relatable to Mario Kart DS's Mission Mode). Certain cups are locked from the beginning, and players must wait for a set period of time before being able to play them. The locked cups will be unlocked as time passes, or the wait time can be sped up by 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 Mode is available to all players who own the app (not just the Gold Pass players as shown in the first December 2019 Beta test). It puts you against other players to compete for first place, or just to have fun.
Players now have a Multiplayer Rank (similar to the Player Rank, which caps at level 99 for now), and for every top spot they finish in, their bar will fill. Once filled, it will advance players to the next Multiplayer Rank (starting at F, moving onto E, then D, and so on until eventually S).
All players who advance to the next Multiplayer Rank earn a starting 20% for their bar.
Players can choose from two different Multiplayer race options: Standard Race and Gold Race. Their rules are updated daily, and the cups players will play in are rotated every 12 minutes, providing players with five different cups per hour.
In Standard Races, players from all over the world can play simultaneously in a room. There can be from 2 to 8 players racing in a game. Anyone racing in these rooms are limited to the following:
1, 2, or Default item slots.
Gold Races, unlike Standard Races, are available to only Gold Pass players. The same rules apply from the Standard Race rules, with the only exception being 200cc.
1, 2, or Default item slots.
Local Multiplayer rooms can be created by a player who has their location on. Nearby Mario Kart Tour users can then join the room for up to 8-player fun.
Friend rooms abide by the same rules, with the only exception being the fact that you can only play with players on your Friends List.
If you're the creator of a Local/Friend room, you have the ability to set the rules of the race, similar to the daily rules of Standard and Gold Races.
1, 2, or Default item slots.
COM Racers, No COM Racers (if the room isn't full and COM Racers are on, AI characters will fill in the empty spaces of the room.
In Coin Rush, you play on a special Coin-filled track. Playing as Gold Mario, the player will drive through the course, collecting Coins that are automatically pulled towards Gold Mario when he approaches them. Red Coins are worth 2, and Blue Coins are worth 5.
Coin Rush requires Rubies or Coin Rush Tickets to play. While the tickets only multiply the final score by 2, you can spend expanded amounts of Rubies to increase the multiplier.
Ticket or 5 Rubies - x2 Coins
15 Rubies - x6 Coins
25 Rubies - x10 Coins
The Pipe is a special feature used to unlock characters, karts, and gliders. Rubies are required to fire of the Pipe for either 1 separate item or 10 bundled items, which come at a better price.
5 Rubies - 1 Pipe item
45 Rubies - 10 Pipe items (10% Ruby discount)
Each tour includes two sets of Spotlight content. Week 1 of the specified tour will include certain Spotlight items that'll help players out during the Ranked Cup of Part 1. Week 2 will include Spotlight items that will help players out during the Ranked Cup of Part 2. There are certain exceptions when it comes down to the Spotlight items; at times, there will be 1 High-end driver, kart, and glider, while at other times there will be a variety of items
While it may seem random, the Pipe is in fact not random at all. Pipes will have either 100 or 50 items inside of them at the start of their appearance time. Each class (Normal/Super/High-end) of drivers, karts, and gliders has a limit to how many of them can be received. The Pipe can be reset to restore its contents though, allowing you to pull items from a class that you've once emptied.
Once you have received a specific item from any category, its probability will drop, while the rest of the items' probabilities will rise.
New York (September 25, 2019 - October 8, 2019)
Tokyo (October 9, 2019 - October 22, 2019)
Halloween (October 23, 2019 - November 5, 2019)
Paris (November 6, 2019 - November 19, 2019)
Winter (November 20, 2019 - December 3, 2019)
London (December 4, 2019 - December 17, 2019)
Holiday (December 18, 2019 - December 31, 2019)
New Year's (January 1, 2020 - January 14, 2020)
Ice (January 15, 2020 - January 28, 2020)
Valentine's (January 29, 2020 - February 11, 2020)
Vancouver (February 12, 2020 - February 25, 2020)
Mario Bros. (February 26, 2020 - March 10, 2020)
Baby Rosalina (March 12, 2020 - March 24, 2020)
Hammer Bro (March 26, 2020 - April 7, 2020)
Yoshi (April 8, 2020 - April 21, 2020)
Trick (April 22, 2020 - May 5, 2020)
Flower (May 6, 2020 - May 19, 2020)
Jungle (May 20, 2020 - June 3, 2020)
Cooking (June 3rd, 2020 - June 17th, 2020)
Peach (June 17th, 2020 - July 1st, 2020)
Marine (July 1st, 2020 - July 15th, 2020)
Exploration (July 15th, 2020 - July 29th, 2020)
Wild West (July 29th, 2020 - August 12th, 2020)
Pirate (August 12th, 2020 - August 26th, 2020)
79 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.
[Pipe Regular] Baby Daisy - Skill: Bubble (Tour Gift - Yoshi Tour) (Gold Pass - Ice Tour).
[Pipe Regular] Baby Luigi - Skill: Boomerang Flower.
[Pipe Regular] Baby Mario - Skill: Boomerang Flower (Tour Gift - Winter Tour, Baby Rosalina Tour).
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.
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.
So far, Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart 8 are the only games in the main series without a currently-confirmed returning stage in this game.
Every single character is unlockable, including Mario.
Miis are originally going to appear but are removed, perhaps due to Miitomo being discontinued in 2018 and Pokémon: Rumble Rush to become discontinued this year. Nintendo results the Miis are annoying. However, this includes:
Miis from Wii Sports Club will appear as CPUs, but they reuse the same voices from Mario Kart 8.
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.