“Mario Kart Tour” Is Getting Multiplayer, but It’s Probably Still Not Worth Playing

Mario in a race cart just ahead of Princess Peach in a pink race kart
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After nearly six months, Mario Kart Tour is getting a multiplayer mode on March 8th. Until now, you could only race the computer, which wasn’t all that difficult. Does that mean you should finally cave and start playing the game? Probably not.

Mario Kart Tour is just a bad game. It’s so bad that rather than review it, we chose to tell you about five other racing games you should play instead. But if you don’t believe us, Matthew Sholtz over at Android Police has an excellent writeup on what makes Mario Kart Tour so terrible.

The short of it’s filled with shallow gameplay, and massive loot box prompts. And if the loot boxes aren’t enough, there’s even a subscription for the game as well. While the subscription will give you a few (very few) items, it ultimately encourages you to spend more money as well.

That isn’t to say Mario Kart Tour isn’t popular, because unfortunately, it is. But popularity and quality don’t always go hand in hand, and the game is a perfect example of that fact.

But if you one of the many who don’t mind all the nagging to spend money to get just one more pull on the pipe for a new widget, then the update is probably welcome. Starting March 8th at 8 PM Pacific Time, you’ll be able to play with other real people. Nintendo tells us you’ll participate in standard races with rules that change every day.

If you want, you can set up private matches that follow their own set of rules. And if you are a Mario Kart subscriber, you get access to a special 200cc mode, where everyone moves faster. Because those incentives to spend money just aren’t going to stop.

via Nintendo

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Josh Hendrickson has worked in IT for nearly a decade, including four years spent repairing and servicing computers for Microsoft. He’s also a smarthome enthusiast who built his own smart mirror with just a frame, some electronics, a Raspberry Pi, and open-source code. Read Full Bio »

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