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 by making the upcoming multiplayer beta test – planned for December – exclusive to Gold Pass users. Below is the official confirmation:
Nintendo says it will reveal more details about the test soon. Thankfully, it is just a beta test. When multiplayer does officially launch in the Android and iOS game it will presumably be accessible to every player.
What do you think about Nintendo limiting the multiplayer beta to Gold Pass subscribers? Leave a comment below.
Literally pay to play. Just wow.
@Fiyaball more like pay to test play. This is just the beta. We don’t know yet if the final version will be free or not.
I hope the definitive implementation of multiplayer won't require a Gold Pass to play. That would be a terrible idea.
Can't say this isn't a surprise. If they keep multiplayer behind the paywall however, that's just asking people not to try it. If this is their incentive to get people to start spending money on the game, they won't see much success with it.
Who’s idea was this!? My friends without a gaming console love to play Mario kart on their phones but dont pay for the gold pass. We might never play together 😕
But remember that this is a "test", that is, not the final multiplayer that everyone could play once tested, reviewed and repaired.
Nope. Not paying for anything.
There has been a surprising lack of reading comprehension in the reactions to this announcement.
People still playing this? I've deleted it 10 minutes after downloading and haven't looked back.
@sanderev yes I am. But my gold trial ends tomorrow. I’ve enjoyed it so far, haven’t spent any money on it. You have to see it for what it is. It has the gimmicks of a Mario kart game but it’s just an arcade game in disguise rewarding you on how high your score is, with renewed loot every day and week. Speed and times have much less to do in this than in the racer we all know.
@echoplex I really hated the controls. So I couldn't get into it. And the upselling is just garbage. The only nintendo mobile game I actually liked was Mario Run. But even that one was way too simple.
Can I use the Gold Pass Trial on this? Probably not.
I’m liking the game but I’m not spending a penny on it so probably won’t play this beta. Anyway, thought the whole point of betas were to iron out any bugs and the service was usually free to encourage as many testers as possible.
I guess the beta players will have a whale of a time!
I know this is only a test, but paying to test out a feature. Not a chance Nintendo, and on this occasion you're just as bad as some of the other developers
compared to the other mental prices for single character etc the gold pass actually seams reasonable
I think the intention is not to make you pay to participate in a beta but just limit the number of participants to those with a gold pass to be able to (hopefully) do a controlled server stress test next to testing the MP itself.
What comes after the beta - who knows. A company that hides the 200 cc cup behind a paywall may also hide the MP of the same game behind a pay wall.
Mobile is cancer. Nintendo's involvement has done nothing to change my mind. I just hope the malignancy doesn't spread to their console games.
I loathe any type of extra charge on a videogame, and I don't spend money on mobile games, but a lot of people have this backwards.
Nintendo is NOT charging you to beta test their multiplayer, Nintendo is relying on people who play the game regularly to test out their online for them. The assumption being the people who are paying $5/m for the subscription are probably the ones who are playing it regularly, w/ a lot of other people maybe playing it 5 minutes a couple of days a week, and those occasional players do not make very good beta testers. People who are playing the game often do.
So I'm all for complaining about the INSANE $39.99 Diddy Kong package, and the $5 subscription which makes no sense to me in general, but it does make sense for Ntineod to limit it's beta to people who play the game - it's a small sample size but a sample of people who play the game regularly.
I paid for the first month of gold pass but I can say pretty safely that I am done with this game
Mario Kart tour is the finest game i've ever played. The microtransactions are fair and just.
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