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Leaked Footage of Mario Kart Tour (+Details)

May 22, 2019

Mario Kart Tour, the mobile version of Mario Kart due for release this summer, has just opened for beta testing on May 22nd, and a ton of new information is surfacing on the Internet, as well as some leaked footage. Before going into the details of the mobile game, here is some leaked gameplay (downloaded off of YouTube, in case it gets taken down):

The app is going to be free-to-play, but with a heavy focus on gacha elements — which is basically the original Japanese term for loot boxes. You will have to unlock characters, karts and gliders through the loot box system, which is random and relies heavily on microtransactions. Rare unlockables seem to give a competitive advtange, which means it’s a pay-to-win app. There’s also a stamina system in place, which limits your playtime on an hourly basis. However, you may pay to extend your available playtime.

Apart from the heavy monetization system in place, which is understandable looking at how Super Mario Run underperformed, the game itself seems to be a full Mario Kart experience on your smartphone:

  • Engine Classes: 50cc, 100cc, 150cc, 200cc
  • Confirmed Characters: Mario, Luigi, Peach, Daisy, Toad, Toadette, Rosalina, Waluigi, Baby Peach, Baby Daisy, Baby Rosalina, Metal Mario, Larry, Lemmy, Ludwig, Dry Bones, Dry Bones Bowser, Baby Mario, Baby Luigi, Wendy, Morton, Iggy, King Boo, Donkey Kong, Koopa Troopa
  • Confirmed Tracks: Mario Circuit 1 (SNES), Choco Island 2 (SNES), Rainbow Road (SNES), Koopa Troopa Beach (N64), Kalimari Desert (N64), Bowser’s Castle 1 (GBA), Dino Dino Jungle (GCN), Luigi’s Mansion (DS), Toad Circuit (3DS), Mario Circuit (3DS), Daisy Hills (3DS), Shy Guy Bazaar (3DS), Rock Rock Mountain (3DS)

More details on the mobile experience:

  • Your character drives automatically and you have to swipe the screen to steer (motion controls can be enabled)
  • The amount of items you can have depends on the character
  • Each character seems to have a unique special item
  • Two laps per race
  • Characters can get a certain boost depending on the track
  • Only portrait mode, not landscape
  • 115MB download size

There doesn’t seem to be a confirmed online multiplayer mode yet, as most people are reporting to only be racing against what seem like bots.

So, what do you think?