The good, the bad, and the Wario: Mario Kart Tour goes to the Wild West


Mario Kart Tour
Mario Kart Tour is going west.
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Get ready for some high plains drifting because Mario Kart Tour is headed west. To the Wild West, more precisely!

Having travelled all over the world in previous updates, the mobile-focused version of Mario Kart is now going back in time to frontier country with its latest update. And it’s brought some appropriately themed characters along for the ride over yonder.

You’ll soon be able to enjoy Mario Kart Tour in glorious landscape mode


Mario Kart landscape mode.
The tyranny of portrait mode is coming to an end!
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Mario Kart Tour is addressing two big player complaints in its new update — adding landscape mode orientation, alongside portrait mode, as well as alternate game controls.

The update launches tomorrow, July 21. If you’ve not played Mario Kart on iOS for a while, it may be worth checking out this update to see how much these transform the overall gaming experience. Check out the trailer for the update below.

Mario Kart Tour adds Dixie and Funky Kong for new Jungle Tour


Jungle Tour Mario Kart 1
And a couple of new characters, too.
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Touring the world ain’t exactly easy right now — which is why it’s good that Mario Kart Tour is there to fulfill your globe-hopping needs. The hit Nintendo kart racing game has already taken players to New York, Tokyo, Paris, London, and other exotic locales. Now it’s headed for the tropical Jungle in its latest tour.

Check out the trailer for the Jungle Tour below.

Play Nintendo games on your iOS device [Cult of Mac Magazine 349]


Get your game on! Find out how to play classic Nintendo games on iOS devices.
Get your game on!
Cover: Leander Kahney/Cult of Mac

You don’t need to jailbreak your iPhone or iPad to play classic Nintendo games on them these days. It’s easier than ever to get your game on — find out in how in this week’s free issue of Cult of Mac Magazine.

This week’s issue also includes plenty of other tips and how-tos to help you get the most out of your Apple devices. Plus, you’ll get some juicy Apple news and rumors, including a report on a total Newton nerdfest attended by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak himself.

These are the best games for reducing stress during lockdown


Sims, available on Mac and iOS, is rated the best stress reliever.
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A good video game is a great way to escape the COVID-19 pandemic and forget, just for a little while, about the nasty impact it’s having on the world. But which video games should you play? Which titles are proven to help?

A new study reveals the best games to play for reducing stress — and those that should be avoided if your primary goal is a positive, calming experience. We’ll highlight those you can enjoy on Mac and iOS.

Mario Kart Tour is finally getting multiplayer for everyone March 8


Mario Kart Tour multiplayer mode
Get ready for some head-to-head battles with up to eight players.
Photo: Nintendo

Mario Kart Tour‘s multiplayer mode is finally rolling out to everyone — and you don’t need to pay up to play it.

The popular Nintendo kart-racing game debuted its first multiplayer beta test in late 2019. However, only players who subscribed to the game’s $4.99 a month Gold Pass could play it. A public beta process took place in January.

Mario Kart heads to Vancouver on next stop of its world tour


Mario Kart Tour was 2019's most downloaded iOS game
Mario is continuing his trip round the globe.
Photo: Nintendo

Mario Kart Tour is certainly living up to its name. Having taken players to Paris, London, New York and Tokyo, alongside seasonal courses based on Halloween, winter and Valentine’s Day, the hit Nintendo racer now has a new destination: Vancouver.

Its new Vancouver Tour is the first time Mario Kart Tour has headed to Canada. And it’s throwing in new character costumes Aurora Rosalina and the hilarious Hiker Wario for the ride. Check out the trailer below.