Finally, Mario Kart Tour was launched on September 25 and we have the mobile version of Mario Kart to play for both Android and iOS. The franchise has been a large part of the lives of virtually every player since the 1990s, but in the last half decade or so, people have been hungry for a smartphone port. And here it is! The rubber is burning, the karts are falling, and Brazilian Lambada music is playing with the game and all its branded features are now available on your portable device.
Development and reception
Nintendo EPD has been in official development since January 2018, when the next mobile version of Mario Kart was announced. That same year, they conducted a closed beta test for Android and the game was scheduled to launch in March 2019, However, it was postponed for the September 25 release and in its first 24 hours, the game it has been downloaded more than FIVE MILLION times ! On Google Play, Mario Kart Tour Android has 4.4 stars with more than 380k votes, and the iOS version in the iTunes App Store has an incredible 4.8-star rating over 300k votes
As is traditional throughout the franchise, dating back to 1992, the central gameplay of this game sees the famous Mario characters in the universe compete in kart racing. They drive go-karts, each with their own abilities, advantages and disadvantages, through tracks that offer opportunities and dangers alike. The runners compete to be the first, but also try to hamper their opponent with various methods that have evolved over the decades of this series of games.
Mario Kart Tour also offers four different CCs, and they are 50cc, 100cc, 150cc and 200cc. Each of them has the previous one automatically unlocked, except for 50cc of course. The 50cc is unlocked immediately and the others can be unlocked later during the game, while the fourth is obtained through Gold Pass. It contains the sliding function of Mario Kart 7, some bonus characters and more.
In addition, being a game for mobile devices, a program is added in the application for players to buy things related to the game with their currency earned in the game, rubies. You can also unlock more characters, new karts and even gliders. The Gold Pass is a subscription that offers the best rewards and unlocks 200cc, but, of course, it is bought with real money.
As for the controls, the mobile portable adaptation sees the player only driving the kart, with the automatic game -acceleration of the vehicle. The goal is to win, of course, but also win as many stars as you can. At the end of each cup, there is also a special 1-lap race that requires the player to complete a goal before finishing on the finish line and also yields up to 3 stars.
Mario Kart Tour is a highly anticipated adaptation of the smartphone franchise, and does not disappoint as such. The game may not be comparable to some of its predecessors on the consoles, but seen as a mobile game, it is worth the high scores awarded. The images are decent, the gameplay is true to the source and multiplayer kart racing with Mario's characters will definitely make millions have fun this winter.