Tough Mario Kart Tour has faced its share of delays in the lead up to the game’s anticipated release (it was originally set for release in March of this year), it appears that the Mario Kart mobile game for iOS and Android is finally close to release. The game has been in a limited closed beta in order to test the game’s mechanics and balance in anticipation for the final release, but it appears as though Nintendo is finally ready to lift the lid on the game. In anticipation for Mario Kart Tour’s release next month, a brand new trailer for the game has been released, giving fans an idea as to what to expect when the game launches next month.
The game will be a free-to-play mobile game with in-app purchases, purchases that seem to revolve around a dacha-style mechanic for new car parts and characters. The game will be playable in portrait orientation, allowing for complete control of the game with one hand if preferred, though it will be interesting to note whether official games controllers will be supported by the game, considering they will be supported in the upcoming iOS update set for release next month. This is currently unknown at this stage.
What the trailer does showcase, however, is many of the tracks and characters that will be playable upon the game’s release, with tracks that take place in real-life locations such as Tokyo and Paris being mixed with tracks that take place in classic Mario locations such as one which appears to take place on a snowy mountain and recreations of classic tracks such as the SNES Rainbow Road being shown off in this short Mario Kart Tour trailer. Characters that will be playable range from the obvious choices such as Mario and Luigi and Peach to more unexpected choices as Peachette, the character who’s creation spawned the unique internet craze of Bowsette.
Gameplay looks fun based on this brief snippet, but it remains to be seen what impact the microtransactions and mobile platform will have on the tried and tested format of the series. In any case, we won’t have to wait much longer to find out, with Mario Kart tour being set to release on iOS and Android devices in less than one month on September 25. You can find out more about the game over on the official website.