Mario Kart Tour was touted to make its release sometime in September end. The game has officially made its way to the Play Store and App Store today after it's beta program concluded. The game retains all the racing elements of Mario Kart and has players collecting drivers such as Mario, as well as karts and gliders. Players can choose which drivers, karts and gliders to use in races across a variety of courses, including new takes on classic courses and special city courses. City courses, special in-game event courses inspired by real-world locations, will be available during specific periods. In addition to courses based on iconic locales, some Mario Kart characters will get variations that incorporate the local flavor of cities featured in the game.
A new trend that has emerged among mobile games is a monthly pass. It's hard to tell when it started exactly, but they're all over the place now in popular releases such as PUBG Mobile and Clash Royale. I guess they're slightly better than the predatory in-app purchases that some games force you to buy. Today, Nintendo has revealed Mario Kart Tour will also have a subscription service called the Gold Pass that will cost $4.99 per month. This is on top of the already existing Gacha system that the game has.
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Mario Kart Tour's monthly pass unlocks three perks. The first is you'll get Gold Gifts from racing in Tours. Gold gifts let you unlock in-game currency as well as different Karts and characters. You'll still have to play the game and win races to unlock Gold Gifts. The second unlock lets you earn special in-game badges from Gold challenges.
The third benefit lets you unlock 200cc races. The higher the CC essentially means, the faster the game becomes. Nintendo has effectively locked this option behind the subscription service, and that is, for the lack of a better term, a dick move. You can try the Gold Pass for two weeks before committing to a purchase. Mario Kart Tour is available now on the App Store and Google Play. It is a free-to-play game, on paper at least.