Update [Fri 31st Mar, 2023 09:45 BST]: Poochy has been officially confirmed as a brand new racer in Mario Kart Tour.
In a new trailer promoting the Yoshi Tour, we got to see Yoshi's faithful pop companion in action on the new Yoshi's Island course and Yoshi Desert from the GBA game Mario Kart: Super Circuit.
Poochy is potentially in contention to come to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, then? Maybe. Maybe not. Read our original story for all of the speculation...
Original Article [Thu 30th Mar, 2023 09:45 BST]: Mario Kart Tour has revealed that Yoshi's Island — the brand new course that was added to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe in Wave 4 of the Booster Course Pass — is coming to mobile racing game. But something else has caught people's eye.
In the image of the new track, right behind the pipe, you can barely make out a racer in a kart. Zoom in, however, and you get a slightly better, if blurry, look at who that might be. And lo and behold, it's Poochy driving a kart.
Fans are understandably getting excited about this — many of the additions in Tour are often alternate costumes for characters. But Poochy would be brand new, and it would also be his Mario Kart debut. Joining with Yoshi's island just makes sense for the pooch, as he made his debut in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island.
Of course, there's a flip side to this: if this really is playable Poochy, will he be coming to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe? We already know that five more characters are being added through the Booster Course Pass and that Birdo was introduced with Wave 4 alongside Yoshi's Island. We'd love to see Poochy become playable.
The one thing we do know about Mario Kart 8 Deluxe's empty roster spots is that they will be filled by "returning characters", which probably means Nintendo will be digging through the Mario Kart archives. Does that mean new characters added to Tour, too? We'll have to wait and see.
Do you think Poochy is barking his way to Mario Kart Tour? Would you like to see him take to the races in MK8D? let us know.
Wow, I did not see that one coming.
Ok, so… Poochy can drive!?
I loved collecting Poochy Pups in Yoshi's Crafted world!
Although i don't play Mario Kart Tour, i'm happy
for the people excited for this.
Poochy is coming to the Mario Kart Tour. Incredible. Why not in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe?
Aww adorable 🥰
better than doing a pink gold baby luigi I guess. I wish Nintendo took more obscure Mario characters. I mean, it's perfect for a gatcha game.
Although. yes, Poochy driving would be adorable. Hoping they appear on the Mario Kart 8 DLC.
Edit: I always forget that Mario Kart Tour is not a gatcha game now. Point still stands, just change gatcha for "live service mobile phone game".
"The one thing we do know about Mario Kart 8 Deluxe's empty roster spots is that they will be filled by "returning characters", which probably means Nintendo will be digging through the Mario Kart archives."
Mario Kart Tour is a mainline entry in the series, so if Poochy appears there first, they can definitely add him to MK8D!
New characters are added to Tour all the time. It wouldn't surprise me if Poochy was added. It would be kool to see him/her in Deluxe8, but that would be a stretch, especially considering the perfect time to add Poochy was along with the fruit cup. But let's wait and see.
As I thought it said Mario kart 8 ):
Guess he didn't die on the way back to his home planet.
That's the joke.
@conditionals *** *** is that a *** Simpsons reference!?!?! O_O
if he is playable then I hope they just give him wheels
Oh my ***** God.
Don't get my hopes up for playable Poochy in MK8D, I can't handle him AND Kamek not making it in now!! 😫
@jowe_gv I actually want that….
Maybe, just about possible, for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe now.... maybe...
I would much prefer to see Poochy in the next Mario Kart game!
@Kayloo I personally would prefer to see Nintendo acknowledge that Tatanga was a Mario character once. Just because.
From the image I can't tell what I'm seeing. I see Poochy, is he driving a Kart? I'm not sure of that. Maybe he's a new power up that mows down everything in your way. Kinda like Piranha plant power up or the way he does in the Yoshi games.
Edit, well I guess Poochy is a playable character! I guess every dog does have their day!
I wanted Cranky Kong in time for the movie release!
Might we see Poochy in Mario Kart 8 DX? Probably not, but I can dream!
Who betta than Poochy?? Nobody. I would love to see him come home to the switch.
I would main poochy
@jowe_gv shroobs > tatanga
Love to see new drivers added to Tour (and possibly even if unlikely 8 Deluxe) in general and even more so if it's such an adorable one like Poochy is!
If this is real I may redownload Tour for the first time in 3 years LOL
...that's Poochy? Looks like a weird blob to me.
Better than another baby or metal character, I guess. If King Boo can drive a kart or bike without legs, then a duckbilled dog can. Still would rather have any of the returning characters Nintendo is planning for 8 Deluxe.
This makes me even more sad than when cool characters came to the loot boxes… at least then, I had a chance of pulling them, now, I’m either going to have to fork over real world money or grind ridiculously for them...
I may be one of the few people that actually preferred the loot box system, but I do understand while it had to go.
@FawfulsFury I would put Fawful before the Shroobs personally
I don't care about the "optimal stats" and "coverage." I'm getting Poochy baby!!
(Worked for Santa Bowser and Meowser last time! )
@JakedaArbok ur not alone, I miss it too, it was more exciting
@jowe_gv good point
This might get me to play tour for a few days.
It really isn't difficult to get a lot of in-game currency. I am frequently able to buy at least one mii suit or character per tour.
I’m guessing Poochy will be in one of the next waves of MK8D track dlc.
@conditionals When Poochy's NOT in the game, everyone should be asking "Where's Poochy?"
Why is the mobile game getting all the good stuff? I want to play as Poochy, Dixie, Funky, Pauline, and many others in an official Mario Kart game.
poochy was always annoying in yoshis island and design wise just not that interesting but its the first new character in quite awhile. would have loved to see rob, wiggler or e gadd over this
" Every time I think I'm out, they pull me back in!! " 😂❤️
@MatoFilipovic Oke. It is not that important. Nintendo knows better than me how to make games or who Nintendo wants to put in.
I get why Petey Piranha and Birdo are part of this trailer given that the new Mii outfit is a Piranha Plant, and Birdo was heavily advertised being part of the MK8 course pack with this particular course... but hell, they need to add both characters to the next Yoshi's Island game in some capacity. Let Birdo be a new playable character and Petey be a boss, but they mesh so well with Yoshi's Island.
Here's hoping he comes to Mario Kart 8
@RareFan Mario Kart Tour IS an official Mario Kart. It's in fact Mario Kart 9.
Mobile games don't count.
Here, Poochy, here boy! C'mon over to MK8D!
My kids and I would fight over who gets to choose him first. (I would lose.) Still, Birdo is a great consolation prize!
With Poochy added, I hope they can bring Polterpup!
Hahaha this is great! Yarn Poochy or GTFO!!
I played a bit of Mario Kart Tour a couple of years ago. I wasn't keen on the automatic acceleration in the game. Why couldn't Nintendo have provided support for Bluetooth controllers? Then the game could have had the usual acceleration and braking controls all the other Mario Karts had.
He’s gonna be a formidable opponent on the track cuz lemme tell ya…Poochy Ain’t Stupid😃
Cute as ever! X3
@RareFan So do I.
And who decide that mobile games don't count as videogames or, Mario Kart tour don't count as part of Mario Kart series?
@RareFan its going to be alright just take a deep breathe
Now I hope he’s one of the choices for 8D.
I am freaking out.
Poochy!! I finally have Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, so I would love to see Poochy added, with Crafted World + Wooly World skins!
Out of every character in the series, Poochy is the one that I would least expect to drive a car.
That’s amazing. Shame he’s stuck on the mobile app, id love to race with him in MK8.
Need him and diddy k in MK8 Deluxe Switchy
They should do a Poochy Nintendo Direct, highlighting every frame of animation for this compelling character. I'd love to see him in Smash as well.
I feel like there's a lot of characters you would "expect" to see in MK8D before you even got close to Poochy.
But then again, we got Birdo and still no Diddy Kong. Go figure!
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