The game features a themed race - called a tour - which is a change from the classic Mario Kart games. The theme changes about every two weeks; the two weeks, the theme was New York, and for the next two weeks, the theme is Tokyo. Each theme will feature famous landmarks, new characters, karts, and outfits tailored to the new location.
This game uses rubies and coins as the in-game currency. Both are used for a different purpose. Players can use the coins for a mini-shop in-game purchase of a character, kart, and glider. These are randomized each day, and allow you to get more as your level rises. Rubies are used for a gacha system, which is randomized, similar to a dice. With this system, you can get things that are not in the store, including premium characters.
Despite the app’s praise, there are some serious criticisms from die-hard Mario Kart fans and new players alike. While the app is considered free on all mobile game stores, there is an option to unlock more exclusive rewards and prizes by paying for the “Gold Pass” which costs $4.99 a month. This means that some characters and features can not be used unless you have the pass (for example: the 200cc difficulty option). The game also still does not have a playable multiplayer feature, which was a large reason why most people downloaded the game in the first place. Instead, there is a feature where you can add a player’s ID so you can view your friend’s overall ranking.
Traditional Mario Kart Games ranging from the NES to the Nintendo Switch, all characters are added into the base game, and also has some other games that Nintendo has made. In Mario Kart Tour, it has updates to add the new characters, and even more. On the game systems, you can play next to the person you are racing, or connect online to players within the area and even around the world.
The game is still relatively new, so with time there most definitely will be new features that will help keep the game fun and interesting. We give this game a score of 3 out of 5. The game is great in that it does keep updating with new racers, maps, and karts. But, there is a pay-to-win system, or pay-to-get-more points. In addition, the multiplayer does have to be paid for, but further information is scheduled to be released later by Nintendo. This game does have a lot of potential, but with the fans who wanted to play with their friends, it is a little disappointing. We will just have to see where the updates of this game take us, and whether or not Nintendo will be able to keep people interested.