Mario Kart Tour: Nintendo's Android game will be free

by Jerry

Mario Kart Tour, Nintendo's next Android game, will be free. The information comes from a Wall Street Journal reporter, who quotes the CEO of mobile app and game developer DeNA, Nintendo's partner. Great news: the Super Mario Run smartphone game is paid for, so we expected that this would also be the case for Mario Kart Tour. It remains to be seen whether the microtransactions will be predominant or not.

Mario Kart Tour, the next Nintendo game for Android smartphones, will be free! That's according to Wall Street Journal journalist Takashi Mochizuki, who reports on the comments of the CEO of DeNA, a Nintendo-partner mobile app and game developer. An excellent surprise since we expected a paid game as for Super Mario Run, for which we had to go to the checkout after a few levels.

Mario Kart Tour free on Android

According to Mochizuki, Mario Kart Tour will be a free-to-start gameunlike its predecessor, i.e. you can enjoy the main content without having to pay. This is another term for the most used free-to-play. On the other hand, there is no doubt that we will be entitled to microtransactions and we must hope that the game will not turn into a pay-to-win.

On a racing game, a bad system like this could prove catastrophic. Imagine having to pay to be able to throw more banana skins or to be able to trigger turbos: players who do not pay would then have no chance. Nintendo is therefore trusted to find a balance, the ideal is perhaps to offer essentially cosmetic objects.

At the moment, no information about the gameplay or game modes of Mario Kart Tour has leaked, we look forward to more information. Regarding the release date,we are also in the dark: the game will be released during the next fiscal year of Nintendo, between April 2017 and April 2018.

DeNA CEO said "Mario Kart Tour," a Nintendo-DeNA smartphone game planned for FY18, will be free-to-start.

— Takashi Mochizuki (@mochi_wsj) February 8, 2018

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