Mario Kart Tour has received an update with a wealth of new items. The Tokyo Tour update includes features such as the Tokyo City course, the classic Rainbow Road track, cosmetic kimono outfits for Mario (available from October 15th to October 22nd) and Peach (available until October 15th) and the option to unlock Diddy Kong and Rosalina instantly. Of course, this all comes at a price. Unfortunately, it is a hefty one at that.
Rosalina’s Pack costs £19.99 ($24.43) and comes with Rosalina as a playable character, 45 Rubies and one Star Ticket. The Diddy Kong Pack is even more extortionate, costing £38.99 ($47.64) for Diddy Kong as a racer, 90 gems and a Quick Ticket. The in-game currencies that are included in these packs attempt to justify such prices, but it still seems like the game is trying to squeeze every penny possible out of the player at every turn.
This isn’t the first time that Mario Kart Tour has caused some controversy with its micro transactions. The game also offers a monthly subscription of £5 ($6.11) which means that 200cc races become available faster and golden cosmetic items can be unlocked. That is all that the subscription has to offer and again, it seems like an exorbitant amount for so little in return.
It is fair enough that some people may not own a Nintendo Switch but if they do, it would make more sense just to purchase Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. You can get it for around £50 in the UK or $60 in the US and then that is it. You own the whole game. Of course, the Switch is expensive and Mario Kart Tour may be the only option for some gamers. Mario Kart Tour is playable enough and obviously popular- it has been downloaded more than 90 million times since its release– but the microtransactions do let it down and make it feel like another mobile title that wants to take your money whenever it can.
The Tokyo Tour Update will be available for Mario Kart Tour until October 22nd.