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Mario Kart Mobile Footage And Gameplay Details Appear Online

by : Ewan Moore on : 22 May 2019 13:53

Details on Mario Kart Tour, the upcoming mobile version of Nintendo’s beloved kart racer, have started to trickle onto social media. We’ve now had a good look at the game in action, as well as a confirmed roster of racers. 

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Footage of the game started to surface online recently, thanks to the Android beta which is currently live in North America and Japan. The main takeaways so far are that Mario Kart Tour is played in portrait mode rather than landscape, and the majority of tracks seem to be taken from previous games in the series.

Check out the footage below, which shows a race through what looks to be a remastered SNES Mario Kart course.

According to those who have been playing the beta on an impressions thread on ResetEra, each race lasts two laps (instead of the usual three) and there are items that are individual to specific characters in each race. Karts accelerate auomatically, meaning all the player needs to do is steer around the tracks.

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Playable characters include Mario (obviously), Luigi, Donkey Kong, Yoshi, Peach, Daisy, Walguigi, and Bowser. You can find the currently discovered roster of 30 characters here. According to one user on ResetEra, certain characters, and karts are unlocked using a randomised “gacha” mechanic.

Meanwhile, Sekantoto on Twitter has suggested that Mario Kart Tour might actually be leaning a little too heavily on monetisation right now. He notes that in addition to the gacha mechanics, the rarer characters have certain advantages during races. There’s apparently even a stamina system which limits the amount of races you can play on an hourly basis.

Ewan Moore

Ewan Moore is a journalist at UNILAD Gaming who still quite hasn't gotten out of his mid 00's emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), he went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis, before landing a full time gig at UNILAD in 2016.

Topics: Gaming