Mario Kart Tour (マリオ カート ツアー) is an upcoming title in the Mario Kart series. It will be the second Mario game released for mobile operating systems, after Super Mario Run. It was announced on January 31, 2018 and was originally scheduled for release by March 2019 in Japan, Oceania, Asia, North America, and Europe, but the release date has been delayed to Summer 2019.
While the game will be 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.
Nintendo announced Mario Kart Tour via Twitter on January 31, 2018. Other than this release date and a logo, nothing else about the mobile game was released.
Here are some of the announcements:
30 racers have been announced so far for Mario Kart Tour. This includes the following characters from Super Mario Run: Mario, Luigi, Peach, Daisy, Yoshi, Toad and Toadette. Other recurring characters in the Mario Kart series also return in Tour:
- Gold Mario
- Metal Mario
- Baby Mario
- Baby Luigi
- Baby Peach
- Baby Daisy
- Baby Rosalina
- Donkey Kong
- Larry Koopa
- Morton Koopa Jr.
- Wendy O. Koopa
- Iggy Koopa
- Lemmy Koopa
- Ludwig von Koopa
- Roy Koopa
- Koopa Troopa
- Shy Guy
- Dry Bones
- Dry Bowser
- King Boo
Tracks and courses
13 retro tracks and courses have been announced so far for Mario Kart Tour.
- SNES Mario Circuit 1
- SNES Choco Island 2
- SNES Rainbow Road
- N64 Koopa Troopa Beach
- N64 Kalimari Desert
- GBA Bowser Castle 1
- GCN Dino Dino Jungle
- DS Luigi's Mansion
- 3DS Toad Circuit
- 3DS Daisy Hills
- 3DS Shy Guy Bazaar
- 3DS Mario Circuit
- 3DS Rock Rock Mountain
4 retro tracks and courses include a reverse race so far for Mario Kart Tour.
In Campaign Mode, you race through 3 tracks and 1 challenge. Each track is worth 5 stars and each challenge is worth 3. Each cup costs a certain amount of stars, and once paid for, you will have to wait a certain amount of time to unlock.
Coin Rush Mode
In Coin Rush, you play a version of SNES Rainbow Road with a lot of coins. The ×2 multiplier costs 5 emeralds.
Emeralds are Mario Kart Tour's premium currency. You get some emeralds when you get a gift with stars. Emeralds can be used to either launch the pipe for prizes or play the Coin Rush.
To unlock characters, karts and gliders, you pay emeralds to launch the pipe. Launching the pipe one costs 5 emeralds and launching the pipe 10 times costs 45 emeralds. Some characters, karts and gliders have an advantage over certain tracks.
- It's unknown as of right now whether this will be a main series Mario Kart or a spin-off game.
- Not including the arcade games, this will be the 10th title, and including the arcade games, it will be the 15th.
- Mario Kart Tour will be 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. Anticipated but unconfirmed features include:
- A free version with limited content, and a full version with all content
- Nintendo Network support
- In-game currency
- 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.
- All of the currently-confirmed courses have previously appeared on handheld games at some point.
- Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart 8 are the only games in the main series without a currently-confirmed returning stage in this game.