Nintendo announced that all Mario Kart Tour players worldwide will have free access to the new real-time multiplayer mode, the new game mode will arrive at March 8. An update will be required, after the live update is released, players will be able to participate in real-time multiplayer races, players can chose to race against nearby friends or unknown racers around the world. Mario Kart Tour will still be free-to-start and is currently available for iOS and Android.
Nintendo is offering a “turbo charged experience” with the Mario Kart Tour Gold Pass, a $4.99 per month subscription service that unlocks 200cc racing mode and expands the gameplay experience by providing subscribers with in-game gold gifts for racing in tours and special in-game badges from gold challenges. This subscription is required to participate in Standard Races or to play with friends or others nearby in real-time multiplayer mode via rooms.
“Mario Kart Tour offers a welcoming and intuitive new spin on the popular series, and now players around the world can get their friends together or challenge others online in fast-paced races from the palm of their hands,” said Nick Chavez, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Through real-time multiplayer, we are giving fans of Mario Kart Tour even more ways to play, and bringing the Mario Kart experience to even more players around the world.”
With real-time multiplayer, players can participate in Standard Races to compete against other players around the world based on an ever-changing set of in-game rules. These in-game rules will change daily, meaning the excitement never ends in the race against your rivals around the world. Players can also choose to play with friends or others nearby and create their own set of in-game rules. Finally, in Gold Races, available only to Gold Pass subscribers, players can race at even faster speeds that require advanced kart maneuvers to challenge other competitors.