Mario Kart - Timeline
Thursday23rd Jan 2020
News Another Mario Kart Tour Multiplayer Test Is Coming, And You're Invited
Update: And it's live!
Update: Just one day after the thing was first announced, Nintendo has kickstarted the second multiplayer test for Mario Kart Tour. You can get in on the action by heading to the game's menu and selecting 'Multiplayer'. Original Article (Tue 21st Jan, 2020 10:30 GMT): Nintendo has revealed that Mario Kart Tour is set to...
Thursday9th Jan 2020
Feature Game Of The Decade Staff Picks - Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Wahoo! You're number one!
Following on from our reader-voted Top 50 Games of the Decade, Nintendo Life staff members will be picking their personal favourite Nintendo games between the years 2010-2019. Today, Darren looks back at the golden age of the Wii U era in 2014 and beyond... Ah, the good old Wii U. While it was a bit of a commercial flop,...
Thursday2nd Jan 2020
News Uniqlo's 'Mario Kart Friendship' Range Of Shirts And Hoodies Is Now Available
Snap them up
Update (Thu 2nd Jan, 2020 10:00 BST): As New Year festivities were taking place this week, clothing retailer Uniqlo was busy getting its brand new 'Mario Kart Friendship' range of t-shirts and hoodies available. You can go ahead and pick them up from the Uniqlo website as we speak (we've shared images of some of the best options below)...
Saturday28th Dec 2019
News Mario Kart Tour's New Year Event Starts On 31st December
New driver alts, karts and gliders up for grabs
Nintendo has announced the next event for its free-to-play mobile game Mario Kart Tour. Of course, it's all tied to the new year. Celebrations starting on 31st December with the aptly named New Year's Tour. This next tour will decorate the Tokyo track, add multiple new driver alts, karts and gliders,...
Tuesday24th Dec 2019
Video Another Look At Nintendo Switch's Officially Licensed Mario Kart Steering Wheels
An ideal last minute gift?
Gaming accessory maker Hori has shared a new video to show off its recently released steering wheels designed for Nintendo Switch. If you haven't seen them before or want to get another look, make sure to check it out above. With both a Racing Wheel Pro Mini and Racing Wheel Pro Deluxe available, players big and small...
Thursday19th Dec 2019
News Mario Kart Tour Finally Gets Real-Time Multiplayer, Kind Of
A beta test gets things underway
Ever since it first drifted onto the scene, Mario Kart Tour players have been hoping to see the addition of true multiplayer gameplay. Thankfully, that very day is (kind of) upon us, with the launch of a beta test for select users. Starting from today, 19th December, and running until 05:59 UTC on 27th December, a...
Monday16th Dec 2019
News Birdo Joins Mario Kart Tour's Holiday Event As A Playable Character
And there's a reindeer Yoshi
Yet another new tour is on the way to Mario Kart Tour this week, and it looks set to add three new characters for players to pick up. Serving as the last tour of the year, the 'Holiday Tour' is due to kick off from 10pm PT on 17th December (so that's 6am GMT the following morning). As you can see in the promotional...
Saturday7th Dec 2019
Guide Where To Buy The Hori Nintendo Switch Mario Kart Racing Wheel
Play Mario Kart in style
Gaming accessory maker Hori is set to release a Mario Kart Racing Wheel for Nintendo Switch, with two versions now appearing at various retailers. If you're hoping to track one down or learn more about it, you've certainly come to the right place. Both wheels come with pedals for that authentic driving experience, but there...
Wednesday4th Dec 2019
News Google Play Votes Mario Kart Tour As One Of The 'Best Casual Games' For 2019
Alongside a Toy Story game
Mario Kart Tour has had a very successful first few months on the road, generating millions of dollars in revenue and even going on to be the most-downloaded free game on the Apple Store this year, despite launching in September. Now, it's getting even more recognition. Google Play has listed the title in its 'Best Casual...
News Mario Kart Tour Is Apple's Most Downloaded Game Of 2019
Nintendo's Mario Kart Tour might have only launched in September, but it's experienced one of the biggest mobile video game releases of 2019. In its first 24 hours of availability, it was downloaded 20 million times and banked $1 million. By the end of the first month, the downloads skyrocketed to 123 millio
Tuesday3rd Dec 2019
News Nintendo's Mario Kart 8 Switch Bundle Dominated This Year's Black Friday Sales
And Switch was a top Google Trend
As Microsoft and Sony gear up for the next generation of console gaming, Nintendo is focused on maintaining the sales momentum of its current hardware. The holiday period is obviously an important time for these sales, and according to some "early analysis" from Wedbush Securities, the standard Switch featuring a...
Friday29th Nov 2019
News Mario Kart Tour Sets Course For London Next Week
Two new characters appear in the pipe
The next destination for Mario Kart Tour has been revealed, with all of our favourite Mushroom Kingdom racers setting course for rainy old London. The new tour will feature a brand new London-themed track, two new drivers for the game's spotlight pipe, and presumably the usual addition of new karts and gliders...
Thursday28th Nov 2019
News Pink Gold Peach Is Ready To Race In Mario Kart Tour's Limited-Time Winter Event
The winter tour is currently underway in Nintendo's latest mobile release, Mario Kart Tour. Part of this update includes the arrival of the new racer, Pink Gold Peach. This racer is part of the second phase of the update which is available from now until the end of the tour. Apart from Pink Gold Peach, you can also unlock the Wildfire...
Sunday24th Nov 2019
News Zavvi Launches Mario Kart Racing Merch Range
Just in time for Christmas
UK online store Zavvi has been busy this year launching various officially licensed Nintendo merchandise for Super Mario, Legend of Zelda and more recently Luigi's Mansion. But now the design boffins hav
Tuesday19th Nov 2019
News Mario Kart Tour Celebrates The Festive Season In Its Latest Update
And updates the controls
Lakitu's latest video for Mario Kart Tour has revealed the next big update (out today) is the Winter Tour. This update adds in the Mario Kart DS track DK Pass, three new drivers, new karts and gliders, and updates the control system. Here's a bit about the control update at the 1:30 mark: Now you can steer and drift...
Monday11th Nov 2019
News Turns Out Bandai Namco Helped To Develop Mario Kart Tour
Partnership with Nintendo continues to flourish
It has been revealed that Bandai Namco, the studio famous for series such as Tekken and Pac-Man, had a significant role in the development of Nintendo's recent mobile release, Mario Kart Tour. Bandai Namco has revealed its involvement on its official website, noting that the studio implemented visual...
Tuesday5th Nov 2019
News Mario Kart Tour's Next Stop Is Paris, Complete With Vacation Peach And Pastry Chef Shy Guy
It won't be long before you find yourself drifting into a brand new country with Mario Kart Tour, as the free-to-start racer is gearing up for a trip to Paris, France. Starting at 10pm PT on Tuesday 5th November (so that's 1am ET / 6am GMT / 7am CET the following morning), Mario and co. will be taking to the streets of Paris for more...
Friday1st Nov 2019
News Mario Kart Tour's Multiplayer Beta Test Starts This December, But You'll Need A Gold Pass To Race
More details to be revealed soon
When Nintendo launched Mario Kart Tour on mobile devices back in September, users quickly noticed the game featured a special Gold Pass subscription – allowing racers to get more in-game rewards. If you didn't think there was enough incentive to sign up previously, Nintendo is now attempting to increase its value...
Thursday31st Oct 2019
Random Fan Makes Amazing Mario Kart Mod Where Waluigi Races By Running On Foot
And he's incredibly fast, too
There's something special about Waluigi. Something that makes fans have particularly strong feelings either for or against him, something that saw him win an official Valentine's Day poll, and something that makes people want to see him run around a Mario Kart circuit without being in a car apparently. Mod developer...
Tuesday22nd Oct 2019
News You Can Play Mario Kart 8 Deluxe By Steering Ring Fit Adventure's Ring-Con, Kind Of
Style > practicality
With enough imagination, that fancy Ring-Con accessory that comes with your snazzy copy of Ring Fit Adventure could be anything. Sure, it could be just the high-tech Pilates ring it's supposed to be, or it could be Captain America's shield, a discus, a frisbee, a hula hoop... It could even be a steering wheel, which conveniently...
UK Charts Ring Fit Adventure Debuts In Third As Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Closes In On FIFA 20
Update: Revised chart gives Ring Fit Adventure a healthier spot
Update - Tue 22nd Oct, 2019 12:00 BST: Chart compilers GfK Chart-Track have reissued yesterday's UK Charts with a couple of corrections to the All-Formats sales ranking. It seems that Nintendo's Ring Fit Adventure debuted not at fifth as previously reported, but in an even healthier...
News After Losing His Keys, Luigi Is Finally Ready To Race In Mario Kart Tour This Halloween
Update: Nintendo drops new video including Luigi and Time Trials
Update 2 - Tue 22nd Oct, 2019 11:30 BST: Nintendo has posted the above video introducing the Halloween Tour, with the game cheekily being renamed in the opening seconds as 'Luigi Kart Tour'. The video details the arrival of Luigi, King Boo, the Ghost Valley course, plus 'eerie karts...
Monday21st Oct 2019
News He Still Can't Get A Spot In Smash, But Waluigi Joins The Roster In Mario Kart Tour
Waluigi Pinball is back!
Ever since Mario Kart Tour launched, fans have been asking, demanding, and praying for the inclusion of Luigi. He was promised to be a playable character but was strangely missing from the starting lineup, so yesterday's big announcement went down well with the green plumber's fan base. Doing what he does best, though,...
Thursday17th Oct 2019
News Mario Kart Tour Gets An Update, But It's Not The Multiplayer Fans Are Crying Out For
Badge list, point check feature and more
If you boot up Mario Kart Tour on your smartphone today, you'll notice that the game has been updated to Version 1.1.0. The update brings with it a few new features and fixes "minor issues", but hasn't yet added multiplayer racing. Perhaps the most exciting addition that has arrived is the new badge list. If...
Thursday10th Oct 2019
News Mario Kart Tour's Diddy Kong Pack Costs £39, The Same Price As Mario Kart 8 Deluxe On Switch
A tough decision
Mario Kart Tour has several things going for it - the racing is decent if not spectacular, it's great seeing all of our favourite Mario stars (except Luigi) racing around on our phones, and the new tracks are fun to explore - but this pricing system is really starting to take the biscuit. As part of the new Tokyo Tour, which has...
Wednesday9th Oct 2019
News Mario Kart Tour Adds 14 New Characters And Classic Courses, Including Rainbow Road
Rosalina and Bowser Jr. hit the track
At the time of writing, Mario Kart Tour's new Tokyo event has been live for just a couple of hours. As had been previously promised, it brings with it new characters, courses, challenges, and more. You'll find the new event waiting for you if you choose to open up the app; it'll be runn
Monday7th Oct 2019
News Mario Kart Tour Heads To Tokyo This Week With New Courses And Characters On The Way
Here's when it goes live
This week sees the launch of a brand new tour in Mario Kart Tour, with the New York leg that has been present since the game launched being replaced by a brand new Tokyo-based event. Aptly named 'Tokyo Tour', the new two-week event will add new courses, challenges, and characters into the mix. It'll be kicking off from 11pm...
Wednesday2nd Oct 2019
News Mario Kart Tour's Second New York Tour Adds New Cups, Challenges And More
Ready to jump back in?
If you've been enjoying Mario Kart Tour on your smartphone over the last few days, you'll be pleased to know that the New York Tour Part 2 is now underway. Those adorable Toads have been finishing up their construction of some brand new cups for you to check out, so you might want to head on back into the app to see what's...
Friday27th Sep 2019
News Mario Kart Tour Downloaded 20 Million Times On Release Day
And it banked $1 million
Mario Kart Tour really is racing ahead, with Sensor Tower Store Intelligence data revealing Nintendo's sixth mobile game is its "most successful yet" in terms of day-one downloads. The newest Mario Kart game is estimated to have already exceeded 20 million installs within its first 24 hours of availability. To top it off,...
Thursday26th Sep 2019
News Nintendo Reveals Rarity Of Character And Kart Unlocks In Mario Kart Tour
Go on, fire off the pipe
In Mario Kart Tour, Lakitu encourages you to fire off a pipe that shoots out random characters and karts every time it is launched. In order to do this, you'll need special in-game currency known as "Rubies", which can be unlocked by simply playing the game or purchasing them with real money. Like other mobile titles, these...