The Mario Kart iPhone and Android game is official. Mario Kart Tour is the first mobile app in the Mario Kart series which has drawn fans for years and most recently went portable with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for the Nintendo Switch.
Mario Kart Tour Release Date
Nintendo confirmed the Mario Kart Tour release date as part of the fiscal year ending March 2019. That’s as specific as Nintendo would get in the announcement of the game, which as it stands is mainly a game in name only.
This means the game will come sometime between now and March 2019. Very likely we will see the game arrive in the Holiday season of this year, at least on iPhone.
Super Mario Run came to the iPhone well ahead of Android, and that is something that could happen with Mario Kart Tour. The good news is that Animal Crossing Pocket Camp came to both iPhone and Android at the same time.
At this stage, the timed exclusivity depends on any partnerships or money that Google or Apple spends to buy exclusivity.
What Is Mario Kart Tour?
Mario Kart Tour is the first Mario Kart game for smartphones. Nintendo confirmed this is a Mario Kart app, but they didn’t get too much into the details of what you will be able to do.
While Super Mario Run was a deviation from the standard Mario platform, there is a very good chance that this Mario Kart app will allow you to race and possibly use the battle mode.
There are many racers for the iPhone, so it would not make sense for Nintendo to deviate from a racing style of gameplay with Mario Kart Tour. Expect to learn more later this year.
Mario Kart Tour Price
We have two games to compare this to from Nintendo, both of which are free to download and are monetized in different ways.
Super Mario Run is free to download, but if you want to play more than the beginning world, you need to pay $9.99 for the full game. Animal Crossing Pocket Camp is free to download with a variety of in app purchases that you can buy to play.
Expect to pay at least $9.99 to play Mario Kart Tour.
Mario Kart Tour Devices
Nintendo did not confirm any specific devices that will be able to run Mario Kart Tour, but the existing apps are available on iPhone and Android so you can count on those releases.
Super Mario Run also works on the Apple TV, which means you might be able to play Mario Kart on your TV without buying a Nintendo Switch.
Mario Kart Tour In App Purchases
It would make more sense for Nintendo to charge $9.99 for Mario Kart Tour than to require gamers to spend money on coins or fuel to race. Yes, many racing games include these limits and this in app purchase style, but it is not in line with how Nintendo is doing micro-transactions on the Switch.