Our Mario Kart Tour guide will help novices and experts get to grips with Nintendo’s new smartphone title. It plays a lot like Mario Kart on Wii, 3DS, and Switch, so if you’ve played one of those versions, you’ll find that instantly familiar.
If you haven’t, our guide is intended to help you get up to speed. Heck, even if you’ve got new control schemes, they can be tricky to learn, and then there’s a new point system that doesn’t make sense to newcomers or veterans.
Mario Kart Tour Guide – How it Works:
If you played Mario Kart before, you should have a good idea of how Tour works. Generally speaking, this is Mario Kart, as you remember, and he loves it. You’re going to compete against eight enemies (down from 12 in most of the others) as one of your favorite Nintendo heroes.
As in mainline games, each character has its own weight class that changes its pace, maximum speed, turn, and drifting skills. Heavier characters like Donkey Kong and Bowser appear to have a higher top speed and are more difficult to knock but have lower agility and ability to turn.
Each character has a special ability, too. For eg, Bowser can throw a much larger shell at opponents, Donkey Kong can drop a much larger banana, and Metal Mario can throw fireballs away. Then there are various karts and gliders that will improve the odds of obtaining a particular item or enhance the impact of items and in-race effects, such as speed boosters and gliding.
As you race, you’re going to pick up coins that increase your top speed, and items that you can use to provide yourself with a variety of buffs or to hinder your enemies. Items include positive effects such as speed-boosting mushrooms, extra coins, and protective hearts, and negative effects on your enemies such as shells, bombs, and lightning.
You can control the action in a number of different ways, but mainly in touch. Using a basic control scheme, you can slip your thumb left and right in each direction, moving further on either side to take the drift off. Drift mode causes a drift every time you click the thumb on the screen, moving left and right to change the speed and how far you drift.
If you’re familiar with Mario Kart’s Wii version, you can switch on gyro controls to physically drive your phone in any direction. You can switch on manual or automatic drifting and steering to help you fine-tune your experience.
You can earn a total of five stars per ride, and you can earn a star for meeting those point thresholds. You gain points for each action you do, by choosing a certain character, kart, and glider combination for each race, and by using items, performing tricks, gathering coins, boosting, and flying during the game. At the end of the race, your score will be counted and you will earn stars depending on your results.
Generally, if you take the first spot in a series, you’ll gain enough points to get the full number of stars. By choosing a character, glider, and kart combination that has a strong affinity to the course, you can get a far higher score than normal and finish second or third and still get five stars.
Each time you use a character, a kart, or a glider in a race, you’ll gain experience by leveling each individual piece when you hit the experience threshold. Leveling up a character or an object increases the points you’re going to earn in competition with you.
The last part of the Mario Kart Tour that we want to focus on is the gacha mechanics. As you advance, you’re going to unlock the rubies that you can spend on calling new characters, karts, and gliders. You can mark a single thing for five rubies or 10 rubies at once for a discounted price of 45 rubies.
You can buy rubies with gold, but there’s no real reason to do that. You’re going to unlock a lot of characters, gliders, and karts just by playing the game. If you accumulate multiples of the same items, you can level them to maximize their impact in a variety of different locations.
Mario Kart Tour – Tips, Cheats, and Strategies
Now that you understand the fundamentals, let’s take a look at a few unique tips and tricks to help you master:
- Select a rider, kart, and glider combo that’s appropriate for each course: each course you compete on offers bonus points and score bonuses for the use of certain characters, karts, and gliders. If you’ve unlocked these specific pieces, use them for that particular race to give yourself a huge boost to the score.
- Learn and master drift mode: drift mode is the best of all Mario Kart Tour control systems. It’s hard to pick up, but learning it will pay off in the long term, as you’ll be more in control of your drift boosts.
- Save up to 45 rubies before summoning: you’ll get free rubies on a daily basis just to play Mario Kart Tour, and we suggest saving them up to 45 before summoning. That gives you a free call, and they will stack up over time, saving you a lot of rubies.
- Chase competitions to win more stars and rubies: Tasks unlock early in the game and give you additional prizes for completing certain events. If you are low on stars or rubies, we suggest looking for a task that you can complete reasonably easily for the award you deserve.
- Start your two-week Gold Pass trial for bonus rewards: Gold Pass costs $5 a month and offers you a lot of incentives just for playing. You will have a free trial for two weeks when you first start playing, which is worth signing up since you can only cancel your subscription before you pay.