Mario Kart Tour adds new characters, Tokyo Tour course

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Mario Kart Tour adds new characters, Tokyo Tour course
Nintendo has unleashed its next Mario Kart courses.
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Mario Kart Tour has received its first major update, adding a new Tokyo Tour course, set in a cartoon version of Japan’s capital city. Other tracks include the classic Rainbow Road, Kalimari Desert, and more.

In addition, there are new characters such as Baby Rosalina, Roy, Wendy, Iggy, Larry, and Tokyo versions of Mario and Peach. You can check out the trailer below.

Mario Kart Tour races ahead on first-week downloads

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Mario Kart Tour races ahead on first week downloads
The question is: will it last?
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Mario Kart Tour may be a disappointment on a critical level, but it seems to be off to a good start in terms of downloads.

According to new data from Sensor Tower, Mario Kart Tour racked up 90 million downloads in its first week. That makes it Nintendo’s fastest mobile game launch in history. Kind of appropriate for a racing game, really!

Mario Kart Tour Gold Pass shows what a bargain Apple Arcade is

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Mario Kart Tour costs a fair wack. Certainly next to Apple Arcade.
Gold Pass costs the same as a subscription to Apple's 100+ gaming service.
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Mario Kart Tour went live this week — and despite being, technically, free to download its in-app purchases make it pretty pricey. Certainly compared to Apple Arcade.

Eagle-eyed gamers quickly noted that Mario Kart‘s so-called Gold Pass subscription will set you back $4.99 per month. That’s the same price that Apple is charging for its entire 100+ game subscription service!

Some Mario Kart Tour unlocks are incredibly rare

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Mario Kart Tour races ahead on first week downloads
Mario Kart Tour races ahead on first week downloads
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Mario Kart Tour comes with a bunch of hidden karts and characters that you’ll need to unlock as you play. But your chances of bagging the ones you really want are incredibly slim.

Nintendo has revealed the drop rates for a whole bunch of potential new items. And you’ll be sad to hear the majority have a 1% or lower appearance rate.

Mario Kart Tour comes to mobile — and it’s kinda disappointing

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Mario Kart Tour adds new characters, Tokyo Tour course
There's stuff to like. But some banana peels too.
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It’s been a long time coming, but Mario Kart Tour has finally raced (well, maybe dawdled) into the App Store.

The free-to-play kart racing game is available to download now, although currently you can only play a New York City-based course. Other courses will roll out at a later date.

So what did we make of it? Read on for Cult of Mac’s first impressions.

Mario Kart Tour is coming to the App Store next month

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Mario Kart Tour
You've got another month to impatiently rev your engines.
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After being announced way back in January 2018, Nintendo will finally release Mario Kart Tour on the iPhone next month. The gaming giant revealed the game’s September 25 launch date on Twitter.

That’s just in time for the most enthusiastic of Apple fans to be able to play it on their brand new iPhone 11 handsets!

Mario Kart Tour a disappointment to early beta testers

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Mario Kart Tour screenshots
Here's your first look at Mario Kart Tour for mobile.
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Mario Kart Tour’s first beta test kicked off this week. Nintendo asked testers to refrain from posting images and videos online, but that was never going to happen. And that’s great for those of us who didn’t get beta invites.

Screenshots and clips of the game have now started popping up all over the place. There’s a lot to be excited about if you’re a Mario Kart fan, but it’s not all good news.

Nintendo delays its very first Mario Kart game for mobile

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It won’t be here until the summer.
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You’ll have to wait longer to get your hands on the very first Mario Kart game for Android and iOS.

Nintendo has confirmed that the launch of Mario Kart Tour has been pushed back to this summer. The much-anticipated title was originally scheduled to arrive by the end of March, but Nintendo says it needs more time to “improve quality of the application.”

It is Nintendo’s second big delay in just one week.