The most important news coming in from the gaming world today is that Mario Kart Tour is now available for download. You can start playing the game the moment you download it, though there were some initial difficulties. In fact, a quick search online will reveal that everyone is talking about Mario Kart Tour and how difficult (or easy) it has been to download and play the game. With such conflicting reports coming in from different news sources, it can be rather daunting to actually start playing. Let us take a look at how this news story evolved through the day.
The wait is over finally
For a long time now, Mario fans have been waiting to play Mario Kart tour on their mobile devices. The wait is finally over, with the mobile version available for download. Mario Kart Tour’s mobile version was made available for Android (4.4 or higher) and iOS (10.0 or higher) this morning. Many gamers have already installed the game on their mobile devices and have begun to share their experiences about the game.
To begin playing the game, you will need to create a Nintendo account if you do not have it already. Nintendo also published a very useful video that clearly explains how everything works, so that you can get down to the business of playing the game, instead of learning from the scratch. It has come to our notice that a lot of people end up spending a lot of time learning how to play a game, instead of actually playing, and thus spoil their fun for themselves. Thankfully, Nintendo’s video fixes this issue easily and lets you start playing the game right from the outset.
What sets this game apart from others?
- You can pedal your kart away to exotic locations across the world.
- The game lets you race against seasoned players and attain high scores as you race against time and people
- You can collect different kinds of karts, gliders and even drivers along the way. You can choose the best combination of the three to help you win races.
- The game has rich graphics and an easy-to-use interface. The UX of Mario Kart Tour is particularly impressive
- It is a well-planned and thought-out game that will not disappoint the players.
How much does Mario Kart Tour cost?
You can choose to play the game for free if you just stick to the bare bones version. However, if you decide to unlock versions and in-app purchases, you will have to cough up a lot more than you initially expected. However, a lot of reviewers have already begun to complain about the pricing strategy. For instance, Austen Goslin on Polygon wrote that the $4.99 subscription fee is out of touch with reality. The Gold Pass for the game, which costs $4.99, is the same as Apple Arcade’s subscription fee. Apple Arcade allows you to play 50 full games for that price unlike the Gold Pass for Mario Kart Tour. However, one needs to bear in mind that one only has to pay this amount to play the 200cc mode, which happens to be the fastest racing setting.
Many players concur that they can progress through the levels quite quickly, and feel that they need to make in-game purchases in order to proceed further. Others have noted that it is perfectly possible to keep playing the game without spending anything on in-game purchases. At the end of the day, it really depends on you if you wish to spend more and unlock more levels and features.
Initial hiccups seem to have resolved
Users have noted that they found it difficult to download the game initially. Servers were clogged and the heavy traffic caused many hiccups to those that were eager to start playing the game immediately. In fact, Nintendo had to display a notification that users may not be able to play the game right away. Those who were trying to assume the characters of Princess Peach or Yoshi, or even Mario himself, were left quite disappointed. They weren’t able to race on their karts in different city backdrops soon as they downloaded the game. Thankfully, the initial hiccups seem to have cleared up, and most players are now able to play the game without any issues.
The legacy of Mario Kart Tour continues unhindered
When the first Mario Kart game launched in 1992, people didn’t quite expect that it would still be popular almost 3 decades later. While Mario is something of a cultural symbol, various sub plots and games such as Mario Kart have been equally successful too. The way the servers were clogged this morning indicates that the popularity of the game is ever present, and this one will rake in a lot of money for Nintendo executives as well. What needs to be seen is, how gamers are going to receive Mario Kart Tour in the coming few weeks, and if Nintendo will be able to compete with the likes of Apple Arcade, which offers a better bang for the buck.