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:
More details on the mobile experience:
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?