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Mario Kart Tour Multiplayer coming next week

Nintendo reveals Mario Kart Tour will have a multiplayer mode on mobile starting next week, March 8th.

Nintendo has recently announced that Mario Kart Tour, the mobile iteration of the Mario Kart series on iOS, will officially be adding real-time multiplayer support next week, nearly six months after its late September launch. Mario Kart Tour real-time multiplayer will officially launch on March 8 at 8 p.m. PT. According to a tweet posted to Nintendo’s official Mario Kart Tour account, the upcoming mode supports up to eight simultaneous players including “in-game friends, nearby, or around the world.”

What’s the game’s synopsis?

For those unfamiliar with the game, Mario Kart Tour is a simplified version of Mario Kart built to be played on your phone. In Mario Kart Tour, smartphone owners get to enjoy the thrill of Mario Kart races while also collecting drivers from throughout Nintendo’s rich history of characters, like Mario, Donkey Kong, Peach and Yoshi, as well as a range of sleek karts and gleeful gliders.

Players can choose which drivers, karts and gliders to use in high-speed races across a variety of colorful courses. Including new spins on classic Mario Kart tracks, and limited-time new courses highlighting well-known cities from around the world, as well as seasonal events, holidays and special themes. You control the whole game via touch. And you don’t even have to press an accelerator to move forward — you just need to swipe to the left or the right to turn and tap to use items.

What are the gameplay mechanics like?

The game is free to play. But it also has a premium currency you can spend to try and earn random characters or vehicles to play with. When the game launched on mobile devices last September, players could only battle against computer-controlled opponents, even if it looked like they were up against other human players. It was lacking anything resembling the series’ beloved real-time multiplayer racing. With the only vaguely competitive element existing in the form of World Ranking leaderboards.

So, considering the fact that the multiplayer competition has been a defining feature of the Mario Kart franchise since its launch on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1992. It’s understandable that it’s absence on mobile was viewed by some as a hindrance to adoption. Nintendo added the option to beta test a more traditional multiplayer mode last December. But only for those signed up to (or trialing) the game’s dubious £5/month Gold Pass. With confirmation of it’s official launch, Nintendo also broke down the three game options the new multiplayer mode will bring in a separate tweet.

Multiplayer game options:

  • With Friends or Others Nearby: Choose your own rules and race with friends or others nearby; rules do not change
  • Standard Races: Race against players around the world to raise your grade with rules that change daily; two sets of rules change daily
  • Gold Races: Available exclusively to MKT Gold Pass Subscribers, compete with the best of the best for the highest grade; four sets of rules change daily

When racing with friends, you can choose between 50cc, 100cc and 150cc. As well as between default, 1 and two item slots. You can also include computer-controlled opponents. Standard races commence at 100cc with either default or two item slots. Gold races have two speeds, 150cc and 200cc, as well as three different item slot configurations. Courses will be chosen from the current tour, and the featured cup will change every 15 minutes.

Mario Kart Tour is currently available for Android and iOS devices from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. The game is free-to-play and it’s new multiplayer feature is due to go live on March 8 at 8 p.m. Pacific.

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