Mario Kart Tour, Nintendo’s next mobile effort, is finally available on iOS and Android.
The game surprisingly sticks to the traditional Mario Kart series’ formula, with racers power-sliding around various familiar tracks while dodging projectiles, all vying for first place.
Karts automatically accelerate and turn when you drag your finger to the left or right side of the screen. The farther you slide your finger, the sharper the cart turns. Specific items are automatically used, while others require a quick swipe up or down to activate.
As expected, the game also includes microtransactions and requires a free Nintendo Account. Mario Kart Tour’s in-game currency unlocks new drivers, karts and parts, given that the game is free-to-play.
#MarioKartTour is scheduled to launch around 1am PT/ 8am UTC on 9/25. You may be able to download the app from the App Store or Google Play Store before then, but the game won’t be playable until the launch time. Thank you for your patience and happy racing! pic.twitter.com/DnF9ijWfvo
— Mario Kart Tour (@mariokarttourEN) September 21, 2019
Finally, 200cc tour races are locked behind a $6.49 per month subscription service called the ‘Mario Kart Tour Gold Pass.’ Nintendo offers a two-week free trial for the Gold Pass.
It’s unclear what Nintendo’s next mobile effort is. Back in 2017, it was reported that Nintendo was working on a mobile title with DeNA set in The Legend of Zelda series, but the company has said nothing about the title since then.
We’ll have more on Mario Kart Tour in the coming days.