Mario Kart Tour picks up multiplayer next month — with a catch

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Mario Kart Tour's anticipated multiplayer beta goes live
Mario Kart Tour's anticipated multiplayer beta goes live
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Mario Kart Tour on mobile will finally get its much-anticipated multiplayer mode next month. It will initially arrive in beta, giving players the opportunity to compete online for the first time.

But there’s a catch. You can’t enjoy the beta unless you’re coughing up for the game’s Gold Pass.

Mario Kart Tour has the second best debut month ever on mobile

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Mario Kart Tour has the second best debut month ever on mobile
Mario Kart Tour lags only behind Pokémon GO.
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Mario Kart Tour, Nintendo’s long-awaited Mario Kart game for iOS, enjoyed the second-biggest mobile game launch month in history. (And Nintendo’s biggest.) Across both Android and iOS, the game racked up 123.9 million unique downloads in its first four weeks.

That’s more than 5x the downloads that Super Mario Run‘s 21.8 million downloads.

Mario Kart Tour‘s Halloween update brings Luigi to the party

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Mario Kart Tour's Halloween update brings Luigi to the party
Luigi wants to get a piece of that sweet in-app purchase money.
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Mario Kart Tour is finally bringing Luigi to the game with its Halloween update.

The seasonal upgrade will also introduce the characters of Rosalina, Waluigi and King Boo to the racing game. Finally, there’s a newly launched Halloween Tour, which is available from now through November 5.

Mario Kart Tour adds new characters, Tokyo Tour course

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Mario Kart Tour was 2019's most downloaded iOS game
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 has the second best debut month ever on mobile
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 is a massive money spinner for Nintendo
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 has the second best debut month ever on mobile
Mario Kart Tour has the second best debut month ever on mobile
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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 was 2019's most downloaded iOS game
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!