With Christmas out of the way, Nintendo's mobile racer Mario Kart Tour is now looking towards the New Year.
To send 2021 out with a bang, it'll be kicking off the 'New Year's 2022 Tour' on 28th December. It adds Bowser's Castle from Mario Kart 7 and Meowser - Bowser's cat form from Super Mario 3D World.
This latest 3DS Mario Kart course joins a number of other tracks from the same handheld generation and brings the total number of 3DS track offerings in the game to 10. There are a lot of other retro and completely new courses to try out, too.
Earlier in the year, Mario Kart Tour surpassed $200 million in player spending, making it Nintendo's second best-performing mobile game behind Fire Emblem Heroes. The official Mario Kart Tour Twitter account has also begun its year in review, so you can find out even more facts about the game, like the most popular special items used in 2021.
Will you be participating in this upcoming tour? Comment down below.
I remember trying it vaguely but it wasn't for me. Pointless to spend on their games as they will just get shutdown like Dr Mario once that spending dips too much.
i'd be more interested in the 9th mario kart game nintendo.
Fire Emblem Fates?
Oh cool! It was about time for another Bowser Castle that it isn't the GBA one. The 3DS version has always been one of my favorites.
I really want that Meowser. I have saved enough rubies since November so I guess is time to use them.
@UglyCasanova You don't need to spend money to get prizes. But you already know that right?
@Nalverus Cool. Then be quiet and let the rest of us enjoy it without your non-asked opinions
@Synecdoche Oops! Definitely a good entry though.
I wish they'd make an actual Mario Kart game, instead of keeping this and giving us Mario Kart Live. I tried to play this game a couple of times, and it's... awful. The controls are awful, even for a mobile game, and the monetization is gross. I'll never forget that Diddy was like 39.99, and that there were so many better games that were on sale for that same price or cheaper than Diddy. Heck, there was even an account on Social Media which was referred to as "Cheaper than Diddy", and used to post about tons of games and items that were way less expensive than Diddy Kong's pack on Mario Kart Tour.
@DK-Fan I don't see what Nalverus did to ruin the game for you, or anyone here. They just said that they wished Nintendo would make a 9th entry in the series instead of a mobile game that forces you to pay 39.99 if you want Diddy Kong, or a toy meant for young kids masked as a new Mario Kart.
You really should take a page from your comment and let people have opinions of their own.
Also yeah, I get you don't have to spend money to get characters or their alts, but it's probably extremely grindy unless you are willing to spend on the game, much like every other Mobile game.
Knowing they are focusing on mobile rather than the console fans is a slap in the face. I'm really tired of how they handle their games. Most of their games have minor improvements and know fans will grab it because of the name behind it. They can care less about the fans.
Now it’s only fair they put a MK Tour track into MK7..
Well I'll patiently wait for proper Mario Kart game on the Switch then.
@DK-Fan Pretty sure most of 'the rest of us' on this site probably share a similar opinion.
Great track. Looking forward to it
When this game came out the first week, i deleted it the first day.
I really hope nintendo works on mario kart 9 and gives it the same treathment as this mobile game.
Hopefully the next Mario Kart game on console will get the same treatment as the mobile game.
People keep saying “I wish they’d make Mario kart 9 instead” Pretty sure the developers of the Mario Kart series are barely involved in this. There’s been 8 Mario Karts, I doubt their gonna stop making them. I would be flabbergasted if they won’t working on one for the next switch or whatever.
@faint Would have been pretty nice to have one for this Switch as well though. Already been 7 1/2 years since Mario Kart 8 came out and could be a few more still if we're waiting for the next console. Potentially 10+ years is a pretty long wait between mainline Mario Kart titles.
@DK-Fan "I would like a 9th Mario Kart" = "I don't want others to enjoy Mario Kart Tour"
At least based on your logic
I would have been happy for dlc to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe with additional courses reusing existing course graphics to save on time and costs - like Donut Plains 1 and 2 reusing the graphics from Donut Plains 3.
When are they gonna give us dlc for Mario kart 7. We need Mario kart 7 deluxe
Classic lame nintendo. They are making these courses and these asset (I assume) wouldn’t be a huge job for a small team within nintendo to port over to the switch version as either paid or free DLC.
I mean, it’s already there. It’s been made, players tested, the textures, lighting, geometry are all on a par with the switch. Why not just put it in? It’s not as if mario kart 8 isn’t one of the best selling Nintendo games of all time.
As usual, very weak.
Mario Kart Tour is a blight on humanity
@Spookles I'm hoping they actually are, and we'll see a lot of these courses in the base version of 9 when it releases...
This game keeps getting better and better, a true successor to Mario kart 8
Makes me wish Mario Kart 8 Deluxe got more dlc tracks as well.
I will never understand why they keep supporting this but not MK8D...
Nintendo continues to infuriate fans and look like greedy-cash grabbers with the constant Tour updates and zilch for MK8.
@DK-Fan Cranky fella today eh? I meant that their number of sales was astonishing for something that will go poof. But ya knew that already, right?
Maybe 2022 is when Nintendo will finally get around to releasing Mario Kart 9 for the Switch. Maybe MK8 still sells like hotcakes (and maybe that's because, you know, Switch Owners don't have any alternative) and this mobile game may have made them lots of $$$, but I frankly couldn't care less. I have MK8 for Switch but had essentially already done all there was to do with it and its DLC back on the Wii U. 2014, PEOPLE; THAT GAME IS EIGHT YEARS OLD NOW. TIME FOR A PROPER NEW INSTALLMENT. And as for mobile games, I ignore them regardless of franchise or publisher because A) my preferred platform of choice is still CONSOLES and B) because mobile games will always be associated with cash grab, avarice-fueled business model-driven shells of what REAL games are supposed to be.
MK Live has become, in a way, like Nintendo's equivalent of Sonic. Sure, it has its fans and makes money for its publisher, but for many of us it represents what's IN THE WAY of our getting what we REALLY WANT.
Friendly reminder that:
You're completely entitled to dislike Tour. It's definitely a flawed game despite its interesting alterations to the core Mario Kart gameplay. But I think it's more likely that we haven't seen a new game just yet due to the massive success of 8 Deluxe and not because Tour exists
@VoidofLight Controls are fine, you just have to practice.
As for some packages, you don't need to buy them but you can get everything you want from f2p as well.
In fact, I'll tell you more, the game's gacha mechanic is definitely better than other Nintendo games and not like Heroes, Masters EX or Genshin Impact.
In Mario Kart Tour by saving 450 rubies you are 100% sure to find all things in the spotlight of a given banner.
In other games, on the other hand, it is much more randomic
@BenAV Looking at the sales numbers of the WiiU version, seems like they made the right choice to me.
@Bottles1989 I'm glad you did the speech today. I've been playing since the beginning, more than 2 years now. And it's still so much fun without paying a dime!
I spent about 200 hours playing MK8D. I spent about 20 minutes playing MK tour before I deleted it. But with MK8D still selling well and tour bringing in low effort cash I don't expect to see MK9 for some time. It's a shame as every Nintendo console generation should have its own MK release and it is looking unlikely the switch will ever get one. Still, we can hope.
MK Tour > MK8.
Deal with it.
Better AI, more thrill, more content, more challenge.
@HedgehogEngine hey! And thanks for necroresponding! Yeah, I actually did notice this. The poly count is lower, lack of environmental assets, the textures are very basic and lack the detail of the wii u switch versions. Still, The lighting can do a lot with this type of thing so i’m quite excited. Also, I'm also really glad that Nintendo saw my post, realised the logic of what I proposed and went ahead and made it into a thing.
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