Upcoming Mobile Game 'Mario Kart Tour' Will Be Free-to-Start

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Nintendo last week announced that its next mobile game will be "Mario Kart Tour," but with a launch date aimed at any time before the company's fiscal year ending March 2019, not much information is known about the game. Today, DeNA CEO Isao Moriyasu was reported as saying that Mario Kart Tour will be free-to-start (via TouchArcade and The Wall Street Journal).


    The "free-to-start" terminology is somewhat vague, but when compared to Nintendo's previous use of the phrase it could suggest where Mario Kart Tour is headed. For example, Nintendo currently describes Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp as free-to-start on the game's website, while Super Mario Run's website explains that "you can download and enjoy a portion of Super Mario Run for free."

    While far from a definitive answer, this suggests Nintendo might lean towards its recent trend and make Mario Kart Tour a game that's free to play, with in-app purchases that help with certain tasks. Out of Nintendo's four mobile games so far, three have followed this model (Miitomo, Fire Emblem Heroes, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp), while only Super Mario Run has used the pay-once price tier.

    Article Link: Upcoming Mobile Game 'Mario Kart Tour' Will Be Free-to-Start
  2. H.E. Pennypacker macrumors 6502

    H.E. Pennypacker

    Oct 23, 2017
    Will it be hard to find the download or do I need to stand in line?
  3. nviz22 macrumors 601


    Jun 24, 2013
  4. JCsHands2 macrumors member


    May 2, 2013
  5. lsutigerfan1976 macrumors 68020

    Sep 14, 2012
    Better preorder now. So it wont sell out. lol!
  6. GeneralChang macrumors 65816

    Dec 2, 2013
    Free to start, grind like it's Mario Kart to finish. ;)
  7. tkukoc macrumors 65816


    Sep 16, 2014
    Wish I Was In Space!
    What will kill this for some is the fact it will be all online, all the time, just like the current releases (I'm looking at you mario) they've done. They need offline modes for those who travel.
  8. CaptMarvel macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2014
    North Carolina
  9. vicviper789 macrumors regular

    Jun 5, 2013
    Free to start? please don't let this be the new lootbox/iap/subscription cancer..
  10. HiRez macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2004
    Western US
    That’s not at all how I interpret this. To me it’s pretty clear they mean you can play a few levels for free but have to pay up for the rest, they’ll be locked out without the IAP.
  11. _Refurbished_ macrumors 68000


    Mar 23, 2007
  12. marty1980 macrumors 6502

    Apr 22, 2011
    If they lock down the roster behind micro transactions, they’re doing it wrong.

    I could see them using coins as currency and you earn so many coins every 15 minutes and those coins are required to participate in competitive races (online or single player). Offering coins in purses for $n.99.

    I’m not excited for how the potential pricing could work with the content, but I’m hopeful it turns into something my family can enjoy.
  13. 69Mustang macrumors 603


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    Why would you interpret it that way? The article does a fairly good job of making the distinction between "free to start" and "download and run a portion Super Mario for free". Your interpretation describes the revenue stream for Super Mario Run. "Free to start" describes Animal Crossing which is simply IAP. Can't see what makes you think otherwise.

    I had previously stated I thought this new game would be IAP since Nintendo did not make the money they thought they would by going pay once. They did make their revenue goals from their IAP games.
  14. dwaltwhit macrumors 6502


    Oct 25, 2013
    I am fine with the mario run model of free to try, $10 for the full thing. I would rather just pay upfront(ish) than pay little by little.

    Also online all the time doesn't interfere with my use, but should definitely go away.
  15. trip1ex macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2008
    free to start describes Super Mario Run.
  16. ErikGrim macrumors 68040


    Jun 20, 2003
    Brisbane, Australia
    Yup. This will be the same as SMR, which is surprising considering their apparent disappointment with the conversion rate.
  17. justafew macrumors newbie

    May 6, 2016
    I never purchased SMR because of the IAP to buy the full version. I have three kids who wanted it, but since Family Sharing can't share IAP, I wasn't going to pay $10 apiece.
  18. KanosWRX macrumors 6502

    Jul 14, 2008
    That’s a new way of saying pay 2 win.. that’s too bad, would have been happy paying a fair amount to play if it were good. I just won’t support that type of game.
  19. littyboy macrumors 6502a

    Jun 12, 2009
    Sigh the days of paying for a FULL game upfront are long gone. Now, every company just tries to nickel and dime you just to play more.
  20. B4U macrumors 68000


    Oct 11, 2012
    Undisclosed location
    These freemium games are so annoying.
    All the game companies are following this business model and rip us off with crappy games.
    Where are all the quality games that used to cost over $50?
  21. GeneralChang macrumors 65816

    Dec 2, 2013
    Exactly where they've always been, on PC and consoles.
  22. B4U macrumors 68000


    Oct 11, 2012
    Undisclosed location
    Not on consoles...I checked.
    No big name JRPG are there.
    Even the PS4 PS store is littered with garbage freemium crap.
  23. GeneralChang macrumors 65816

    Dec 2, 2013
    So uh... Neir Automata? Persona 5? FF15? Those don't... count, for some reason? And it's not exactly a JRPG but LoZ: Breath of the Wild? To say nothing of all of the excellent non-JRPG games covered by your original comment because you didn't specify JRPGs until later?

    There are dozens of fantastic non-freemium games released over the past few years on PCs and consoles for $50-60. Just not on your phone. Which uh, was what this article was about.

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