Mario Kart Tour is just a couple of weeks away from racing onto our smartphones - in our case, it's patiently sitting in the preregistration pitlane as we speak - but we're still learning new and exciting things about it.
We recently learned that Mario Kart: Double Dash's special items are making a return, and that the internet-famous Peachette is making her karting debut, but now we've been treated to a small glimpse of what Nintendo is calling 'Bonus Challenge courses'. You can see a couple in action below.
Anyone old enough to have played Mario Kart DS - we can't believe we're saying that either, but it's already almost 14 years old! - might remember that game's Mission Mode. It appears that these bonus challenges could work in a similar way to that, but with new ideas using the series' freshest gizmos like gliders and such. We'd certainly be happy to see something like this make a return.
Mario Kart Tour is looking better and better each time we see it - let's just hope it plays well and doesn't get too bogged down with any frustrating free-to-play mechanics.
Will you be checking it out when it launches on 25th September? Tell us below.
wish this could be on a console
a button to accelerate would have been bad as it would be a constant stream of data. It should have worked by having auto accelerate but a brake button
Intriguing. Hoping Mario Kart 9 will be good since they've taken an extended break from the main series.
I wish they'd bring back Mission mode in a main MK game
Will avoid this because of microtransactions but this they could put in a new mk
Not interested in this because we all know it'll be riddled with microtransactions, can we have such updates for MK8 or give us news on MK9?
@Dogorilla Agreed. Was it only the DS that had that feature? Also I still dream of a Mario Kart with an Adventure Mode like Diddy Kong Racing had. That game was far superior to Mario Kart 64 and I will fight anyone who disagrees!
@CANADIENSFAN90 I kind of wish all the nintendo mobile games except Go had switch ports. (go can’t work)
@Madden87 - What is it with the tech world's avoidance of "9"? 🤔
No iPhone 9, no Windows 9...
so they're putting more effort in mario kart on mobile than in mario kart on switch...
@carlos82 Mario Kart 8 Deluxe had horrible ‘play -to-win’ micro transactions. Like forking out £40 after a year just so your controllers would still work 😂😉
I can’t wait for this. Any MK game I can play on the device with me at all times immediately gets my vote.
Why can't they bring missions to the console versions?
Damn hope they appear in the next iteration.
The one feature I ask for in every mainline iteration has finally returned... On mobile. Blagh.
This would be great in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. It's a shame they never took the mission mode from Mario Kart DS any further, it was great fun, especially the boss fights. As much as I love Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, it was a lazy port, they could have added so much more.
@RadioHedgeFund mine still work 😉
Nintendo needs to bring back mission mode for MK9.
@RadioHedgeFund Most games have play-to-win mechanics. That's the whole point!
Don't make me feel old Nintendo Life! Mario Kart DS was one of my first ever video games - I got stuck on the mission where you had to drive into the Bully and knock it into the lava!
I can't help wonder if, or how much, Mario Kart Tour has taken away from creating console Mario Kart content.
Are ur readers all under the age of 12
@andjahiam Nope, I'm 37
Edit: Wait no 36, old age getting to me
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