Mario Kart Tour Given September 25 Release Date

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The game will technically just miss it’s ‘Summer’ release window

Following a brief beta on Android devices earlier this year, Nintendo have finally announced an official release date of September 25 for their upcoming Mario Kart game for mobile devices.

Technically that means a delay of sorts, with it’s previous release window of ‘Summer’ coming to an end two days earlier on September 23.

Along with the release date, Nintendo have dropped a brand new trailer which seems to show a lot of classic tracks returning, including Waluigi Pinball from Mario Kart DS, Rainbow Road from the SNES and Koopa Cape of Mario Kart Wii fame.

Check it out for yourselves:

From the beta we know a few things about how the game will play already. There’s a host of characters in the game, but many of them will have to be unlocked by using stars you earn at the end of each race.

Each race is only two laps instead of the traditional three (which makes sense if you’re just grabbing a quick blast round the track), and you direct your kart by swiping across your screen in portrait mode. Your kart accelerates automatically, and a late, sharp swipe into corners will cause you to drift.

Items such as stars will activate automatically, but you’ll need to tap nearer the bottom to fire off shells.

The game is free to play, but unlockable characters are hidden behind a gacha mechanic and you have a stamina bar made up of hearts. Each heart lasts 15 minutes, and once they run out, you have to wait for them to fill up again before you can play. It seems Nintendo are pushing the micro-transactions harder than they have in any of their previous mobile titles.

Some of that could have been tweaked and changed since the beta of course. Fortunately, we’ve now only got about a month left to find out.

Will you be taking to the circuit on mobile? Let us know down in the comments.

Phil is the co-founder and editor of Nintendo Village, and also writes, hosts and produces P Myth Gaming. He has been a Nintendo fanboy for as long as he can remember and owns every home console bar the Virtual Boy (one day... one day...). His favourite game is The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.