Mario Kart Tour is Coming Next Week - Here's Everything You Need to Know

By Andrew Smith 18 Sep 2019 1

There have been a handful of big mobile games that have released in 2019, but perhaps one of the biggest games is yet to come. With Mario Kart Tour set to release next week, there is a lot of buzz about everyone’s favorite plumber. The Mario Kart series is one of the most beloved Nintendo franchises, and after almost 30 years, it’s finally making its way to mobile devices. Here is everything you need to know about Mario Kart Tour, including its release date, cost, characters, and a whole lot more.

When does Mario Kart Tour release?

After initial plans were announced for an early 2019 Mario Kart Tour release date, Nintendo decided to push back its kart racer until late 2019. Thankfully, the long wait is almost over, as the game will be racing to iOS and Android devices on September 25th, 2019.

If you’re especially excited about the game, you can head to your App Store of choice and pre-order (iOS | Google Play). Despite using the word pre-order, this is nothing more than a pre-download of sorts. All that this really means is that once the Mario Kart Tour release date rolls around, the game will be automatically downloaded to your device. This should allow most players to avoid having to wait on the Mario Kart Tour download, as it will download itself as soon as it is released.

How much does Mario Kart Tour cost?

The mobile racing game will be free to download and free to play...up until a certain level. Similar to Super Mario Run, the Mario Kart Tour cost will be free initially, but then will force players to pay in order to continue once they’ve reached a certain point.

Nintendo hasn’t disclosed the exact business model of Mario Kart Tour quite yet, but the listing on the App Store does reveal that there will be in-app purchases. There are a variety of business models that Nintendo could use. For example, with Super Mario Run, once players reached the paywall they had to pay $10 to get access to the rest of the game.

Mario Kart Tour Courses

However, with other Nintendo mobile games, the model required players to pay for each piece of content that they wanted. With this model, players would have to pay a specified amount to purchase a new track, kart, or character. This would be a bit pricier if you wanted to unlock everything but could benefit those who only want to play a few specific things. However, these are all just speculations for now, and once Mario Kart Tour releases we will know more.

What are the Mario Kart Tour courses?

There will be tons of Mario Kart Tour courses available when the game launches later this month. Nintendo has promised fans a variety of old and new courses that can be raced through with friends. Currently, there are sixteen courses that have been seen in other games and a handful of new courses to come.

Below is a list of all of the courses that have been announced for Mario Kart Tour so far:

  • Choco Island 2 (SNES)
  • Mario Circuit 1 (SNES)
  • Rainbow Road (SNES)
  • Kalimari Desert (N64)
  • Koopa Troopa Beach (N64)
  • Bowser Castle 1 (GBA)
  • Dino Dino Jungle (GCN)
  • Yoshi Circuit (GCN)
  • DK Pass (DS)
  • Luigi’s Mansion (DS)
  • Waluigi PInball (DS)
  • Cheep Cheep Lagoon (3DS)
  • Daisy Hill (3DS)
  • Mario Circuit (3DS)
  • Rock Rock Mountain (3DS)
  • Shy Guy Bazaar (3DS)
  • Toad Circuit (3DS)

As we stated above, there are also a handful of new courses that are set to come once the game is out. Nintendo is promising that some of these new courses will be based on real world locations, like New York, Paris, and Tokyo, while others will be based on made up locations. You can see a few of these courses in the first, second, and third Mario Kart Tour trailers.

What characters are coming to Mario Kart Tour?

Nintendo has revealed that Mario and tons of his friends are going to be playable as Mario Kart Tour characters. Virtually every character that has appeared in previous Mario Kart games will be appearing as playable characters in Mario Kart Tour.

Mario Kart Tour Racers

Of course, Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Bowser will be in the game, and they will also be bringing along a big group of their friends. Below is a list of all of the 35 playable Mario Kart Tour characters.

  • Baby Daisy
  • Baby Luigi
  • Baby Mario
  • Baby Peach
  • Baby Rosalina
  • Bowser
  • Bowser Jr.
  • Daisy
  • Diddy Kong
  • Donkey Kong
  • Dry Bones
  • Dry Bowser
  • Gold Mario
  • Iggy Koopa
  • King Boo
  • Koopa Troopa
  • Lakitu
  • Larry Koopa
  • Lemmy Koopa
  • Ludwig von Koopa
  • Luigi
  • Mario
  • Metal Mario
  • Morton Koopa, Jr.
  • Peach
  • Peachette
  • Rosalina
  • Roy Koopa
  • Shy Guy
  • Toad
  • Toadette
  • Waluigi
  • Wario
  • Wendy O. Koopa

As you can see, there will be no shortage of characters to play as when Mario Kart Tour releases. However, most of these characters will likely be locked behind a paywall, so we will have to wait and see just how much they will cost.

Mario Kart Tour will be released on iOS and Android devices on September 25, 2019. Let us know whether you're looking forward to this or not!

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