Update [Thu 22nd Apr, 2021 02:45 BST]: Nintendo has now shared a new trailer showing off the latest tour.
Original story [Sun 18th Apr, 2021 17:00 BST]: As the Ninja-themed event wraps up in Mario Kart Tour, Nintendo has decided to lift the lid on the next round of racing. It seems Mario and friends are off to Sydney, Australia to experience a "brand-new" city course. Yay!
The attached picture shows off the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and in front of it is Rosalina, Toad and Baby Mario - who appears to be wearing Koala ears. He's even got a little backpack to go with it!
When we find out more about this upcoming event, we'll let you know. Will you be participating in the Sydney Tour? Are you still playing Mario Kart on your mobile device? Comment down below.
Sad that pay to win games are more of priority
Is there anyone playing it?
This game received more updates than Mario Party.
Looks like a DAL plane in the background to me 👀
@AZD1222 what exactly do you have to pay to win in this game?
Seems you’ve never even played the game.
I played it for over a year and never paid a cent.
It is a fun Mario Kart... but like all other MKs, it gets a bit repetitive after a year.
Me scrolling through NL’s headlines:
“Nintendo Teases Mario Kart...”
YUS YUS YUUUUUS!!!
“...Tour’s Brand-New City Course”
NO NO NOOOOOOO!!!
Give us MK9 already!
@fafonio ah the classic “but i have never paid a penny” argument for a game that shoves paid content to your face. Good for you mate but I really don’t care about you.
The fact this game exists repulse me.
Don't care, just waiting for mario kart 9 like everyone else.
@AZD1222 do you buy every stuff that’s shoved on your face on billboards when you drive to work or home?
No? Then you’ve got no argument here.
And good, I’m glad it repulses you. And if you don’t care then why reply to me? LMAO
Are you so desperate for attention? Or you just had to spout nonsense to be the first comment just because? XD
I screen mirrored a few races to my 60 inch Samsung & it feels great. It’s fantastically slept on. Only downfall is the lack of third party controller support & the draining of your phone
Nice. I want a lot of the features from mktour to be in mk9. I’ve played much more of tour than mk8deluxe
@tourjeff It's one of Nintendo's most succesful mobile game and has many people playing it.
Not everybody is an entitled, crybaby that cannot stand people having fun
And cue the whiners.
MKT it's a great game. Sorry that your snobbism doesn't let you see that.
@DK-Fan people are entitled to not like something and have their reasons for doing so. Let’s not sling names... AND, perhaps more importantly, this game sucks.
@DK-Fan who is entitled crybaby?
The question was an honest one because I tried that game and found extremely boring.
And my comment only stated a fact about the updates.
If there is any entitled crybaby here it's you that feels entitled to talk to others like you talk to your relatives (most probably) and if you don't agree with a comment makes an asinine comment like a baby.
Boo! Should be skill not money to win! Pointless game tbh.
@fafonio exactly! It's not pay to win at all! You can pay if you want, but don't have to: and paying doesn't alter how good your kart/driver is in multiplayer anyway
I refuse to play a game that I have to pay for this stuff instead of being able to unlock it through skills
It's a shame they have all this content for some shallow watered down mobile phone version of Mario Kart, they should have come out with a real Mario Kart World Tour for the Switch, especially considering how MK8D is just a Wii U game.
They have to make another 30 - 40 more pokemon games and 6 more systems before we get MK11 (9 and 10 are Tour and Live) but regardless of what they number it, we have a better chance of getting a new switch, bahahahaha
Baby Mario with koala ears should be a character
It hurts to see mobile getting all the new Mario Kart content. I wish I could put Mario Kart Tour stories on my ignore list, so I don't get reminded that the Switch still doesn't have it's own Mario Kart. (I already played the heck out of MK8)
@Thumbsofsteel has!!!!!! I am losing my patience with Nintendo.
@AZD1222 I just log in for the gems everyday. I kinda like being able to play something Nintendo on my iPad. But not at the expense of a proper Mario Kart on the Switch, so in that sense I agree.
Looks like Newcastle Upon Tyne
@BirdBoy16 you don’t have to pay a single cent
@fafonio you don't have to pay a single cent, but you're still incredibly heavily incentivised to do so because God forbid you wanna play your favourite character who you just keep missing because of bad luck in ruby draws.
And you most definitely have to pay for certain stuff. Such as 100cc or the gold challenges.
It's a very disgusting practice that I wish Nintendo never would have taken part in and why I wish this game would die already.
not big fan of mobile games but even them get more upgrades and updates and new courses unlike MK8. Nintendo could take some lessons in that department
It's a different sales model, and I have played it since launch and not spent a penny, I am under no illusions as to it's restrictions or see it as a mainline Mario kart game, I get you and others do not like it, but you do not have to play this or any other free to play mobile game with optional micro transactions, so I do not see your issues with it, or your view somehow people are being forced or misled.
Have to admit that Baby Mario and Toad in that picture is looking adorable.
Koala Baby Mario and Tourist Toad look good. If we're gonna play Australian Rules, don't say "I'm putting you down under, SIX FEET down under!"
@AndyC_MK Wait a while, Nintendo might tease a Hyrule Tour with Hyrule Circuit, Hyrule Circuit R, Hyrule Circuit T, Hyrule Circuit R/T, and Characters like Link, Link (BOTW), Zelda, Ganondorf, and Zelda (BOTW).
@Yosher the point of the game is not playing with your favourite player but trying to get the best scores for the week from the 20 opponents you are put with. I haven’t contributed any monies towards the game but I have nearly always come out in top of the rank. Each week they give you over 50 rubies depending on you ranks.
100cc is free so is 150cc. Gold challenge is the subscription service which just adds small bonuses like extra rubies upon completion. Also extra bonus tour pressies.
Like a lot of people who play this. You can play this game completely free and still win.
I love the challenge of coming on top without paying a penny.
Last weeks shy guy ninja circuit was super cool. This track needs to be on the next mario kart
@1UP_MARIO Thanks for the clarification. I have never played it. I find it curious that people get miffed by this model. I have developed mobile games before and I don't think people understand that paid for apps are kind of a death sentence. And then when a free app shows up that has pay wall content, people lose their minds. Developers have to put food on the table either on the front end or backend. Sofar, front-end payment has proven to be pretty unsuccessful by comparison.
I both love and hate this game.
I love that there’s incentive to keep coming back, with the change of cups and courses and special events and new characters/karts/gliders added into the mix.
I hate that progress is so dependent on RNG garbage and that “pay to win” is such a slimy tactic for a game series that prided itself on accessibility and “git’n gud,” despite the randomness and rubber banding of AI to incentivize strategy.
At this point all I'm really hoping and waiting for is Mario Kart 9. Did all I could do on 8 back in the WiiU days, been playing Tour since launch, didn't bother with Home Circuit.
@NintendoJunkie you just have to look at Mario run and how that went. I bought Mario run day one full price on App Store and spent around 5 hours on it and complete everything, I’ll never go back to it. Mario kart tour is completely free and I’ve played this game since it came out.
@Poodlestargenerica Kind of like people that swear they didn't like Britney Spears or Justin Bieber while they were still making bank.
I don't play mobile trash. I don't lower myself to that sort of thing and I judge and disrespect those who do. I'm not sorry for it either.
@fafonio well either way it still really isn’t my cup of tea, I’m glad other people can enjoy it but it just didn’t stick with me
@Yosher 100cc is perfectly playable without paying.... you might be referring to 200cc ... which, to be honest, nobody cares about.
150cc is where its at ... and that is free.
The gold challenges are perfectly avoidable, after all, it gives you only 5 rubies and they are mundane (you get twice the challenges in free mode). You can get maaaany other rubies the normal way, you can easily get 45-50 every tour, which means at least 10 chances to get something new. Plus a golden pipe when you finish each tour.... (a guaranteed level 3 chrctr, kart or glider)
Ohh... and everything I mentioned is free.
Golden characters are easy to come by, so you mostly get your favorite characters. The premium ones, which are a bit harder to get (and which you still get maaaany of those) are just customed variations of your characters.
This is a complete MK experience and you don't even have to pay a dime.
Also, I prefer a console MK ... but that didn't stopped me from having fun with this game in short busts and as I said countless time..... FREE. (I have more than 50 different characters btw)
Updates, new tracks, new karts, new modes, more characters, more items .......... ufff, and at the cost of $0.
@AndyC_MK Seriously ? Nothing to back it up? Look at the list of the games.... Mario Kart SNES (#1), MK 64 (#2), MK Super Circuit GBA (#3), MK Double Dash GC (#4), MK DS (#5), MK Wii (#6), MK 7 3DS (#7), MK 8/Deluxe Wii U / Switch (#8), MK Tour (#9), MK Home Circuit (#10). And if you are still in denial You can look up a list of games in the Mario Kart series and you will see just what I am talking about. Besides where did the numbers for 7 & 8 come from if it wasn't for all of the other games?
@Borshi a lot of the stores near me stopped carrying Home Circuit because it was not selling.
Can we just get Mario Kart 9 already?
@fafonio @1UP_MARIO @johnvboy Quite frankly, I really don't care how playable the game is without paying a dime. Fact of the matter is that the practice exists within the game. And there are people, even if there's only a few, who have trouble containing themselves with these things, or young lads who manage to use their parent's money to buy tons of rubies just to get all the things.
Nintendo knows this and they're trying to leech off of these people and that is what bothers me. They know full well what they're doing here and it's quite sickening. Just knowing they're being absolute predators here is enough to completely put me off from this gacha trash.
Not to mention the fact that they're using development time and money that could be spent on making other games that don't contain this garbage. "But they make enough money from this game!" ...exactly, and it will never not bother me because of the foul practices this game provides.
And then there's also the fact that the cool stuff this game does contain may never see the light of day in a real Mario kart game because there, you're not given the option of microtransaction gambling, so they have no reason to give you all that cool stuff.
But hey, I'm glad you people are able to enjoy it, at least. It's simply not for me and it never ever will be.
Nintendo are dipping their toes in the waters of mobile gaming, which has a different pricing structure to conventional videogames, most of which have paid DLC/Online and season passes anyway, and with these you do not have to buy them, but sometimes the $60 game is pretty barebones without them.
Nintendo tried the paid up full route with only minimal micro transactions with Mario run, and the game was not that successful, so it looks like the correct model for mobile is free with paid for add on content, So you can't blame Nintendo for simply following the market, as they have to embrace the massive mobile games scene at some point.
A lot of your complaints stem from a personal dislike for mobile games and their business model, but it's not like Nintendo are abandoning their traditional market and doing only this, and it's all down to the individual customers own perspective and preference.
My wife and daughter both play Roblox and it's various games on their I Pads, they both spend very little in terms of real money, and they work hard to get the various rewards and upgrades for free, if I was to tell them I am spending $60 on a video game they will say this sounds expensive, but will not see the odd $2 here and there as any outlay at all.
I guess the simple answer is if you do not like it don't play it, Nintendo are making more than enough titles available in the more conventional way on the Switch.
Why is everyone complaing about the pay model? Don‘t hand your mastercard to your kids or teach them how to handle money.
@johnvboy do your family is able to contain themselves. That's good for you and I'm glad for you that you're all able to enjoy these types of games!
But your family not having problems with these types of games, does not mean that other families don't. Your family not having problems with these games, does not take away from their predatory nature. Regardless of how you cut it, it's a disgusting practice that needs to end.
I'm will aware that Super Mario Run didn't do nearly as well as these gacha games do for them. But that just saddens me honestly. I quite enjoyed Super Mario Run for what it was and it did not have such predatory practices. Just 10 bucks and you had it all. That's how it's supposed to be.
I also fear that if things continue like this, this practice will also bleed more and more into console games. It's already there with the likes of Fortnite and whatnot and if this starts becoming more and more of a trend on console games too then Nintendo will likely follow suit in the long run and that will be the day I will stop playing their games and I truthfully dread that day.
All that together is why I just wish they would stop this whole thing. It should never even have existed in the first place.
But whatever. Please keep enjoying it! My stupid opinions should not detract from your enjoyment of your games. If you can keep enjoying them, by all means! I'll keep wishing they will stop doing this in my quiet little corner over here in the meanwhile.
Your opinions are far from stupid, and it's good you feel that strongly about these games, and of course there will be people that do not have the same restraint as my family, but you can't run the whole market place for the minority of weaker willed people.
Again my view is the rules are laid out and it does come down to personal choice, if you get kids running up big bills then it's more of a parenting issue than anything else, my daughter does not have access to or credit cards etc, and will have to ask for any additional transactions, this is the way it should be, if parents are careless and expecting their kids to be responsible with their credit cards etc, they are taking a big risk, and it's the lazy option which will many times lead to issues.
You can call out these games predatory nature, but there is at the end of the day still a choice.
@johnvboy I love your comment. Great read.
@johnvboy Yes there is at the end of the day a choice. But some people are better at making these than others, often times influenced by other ongoings in people's lives. Some people have gambling problems and these kinds of practices do not help this issue at all. And sometimes it's as you say, kids who get access to credit card data due to poor parenting, also due to whatever else is going on in their lives. You could point fingers at these people but fact if the matter is that Nintendo, and other companies making these types of games, are contributing to the issue.
And yes I know you can't make a business for the weaker willed and/or minority, but you CAN keep them in mind when doing your job. Nintendo has been doing just fine without needing to resort to these practices so it is entirely pointless for them to do beyond corporate greed. They don't need to do it, but they do it because they know they can and I really can't stand that. It's making me half ashamed to call myself a Nintendo fan these days.
I have tried this game and tried to like it but it gets so boring after a few weeks. Just so unlike how I feel about true Mario Kart.
@AndyC_MK apologies my issues are with the points for races e.g. You need this character and these kart parts to get a high score. I like the idea but not the points bit. Glad you are enjoying it 😊👍
I actually think it's a neat concept tbh, but knowing me I can say it's something I would enjoy for a weekend and probably never touch again. It's just not my cup of tea.
When it comes to parents giving their kids access to their credit cards, you can't point the finger at anybody but the parents, no matter what other things are going on, sorry do not agree with you on that one.
Nintendo only provides the option to buy things, as every other business does, they can't be accused of forcing people to do things against their will, and there will always be weaker willed people but what do you suggest companies do?, simply not sell things because certain weaker people can't help themselves.
My biggest problem with all this is the vast majority of mobile gamers have no issues with any of this, it tends to be people that have little interest in playing these mobile games are upset and outraged on other peoples behalf, and as I said you can't regulate these things for every possible outcome or scenario.
Thank you, very interesting subject and one area of business that's pretty new to Nintendo.
This is cool and all but I cant help starting to feel like MK9 is getting the shaft....😕
I hope we NEVER see a Mario Kart 9.
Bring on Nintendo Kart!
@TheRenegade908 the controls are abysmal. it looks and sounds like mario kart, but it sure as hell doesn't play like mario kart. it's no fun at all. basically one of the worst kart racers on mobile lol.
if they could implement actual decent controls, and controller support, they'd have a game on their hands.
I don't play mobile games, I wish Nintendo never made the move to mobile, They would have been better off focusing on the Switch. it has a large enough install base.
@konbinilife The manual drift controls are decent, but if you have it turned off (which is the default for some reason) then it feels abysmal to control and I can see why so many people were turned off right away because of them and the monetization
And yet - no new courses for Mario Kart 8, the best selling of the series.
I can see why people get annoyed about this, and the whole mobile vs switch development argument.
But then I remember Nintendo gave us BotW. AND they're about to give us a sequel to BotW.
All is forgiven in the grand scheme of things.
If they don't make a new Mk for the new revision, imma quit Nintendo.
@nocdaes if they reuse the same map im over them. Doing us fans wrong.
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