Mario Kart Tour just got some new character, neither of which has ever been featured in a Mario Kart title since the Wii.
Mario Kart Tour is trash. Not sure if I’ve said that loud or long enough before now. Mobile gaming is were your franchise goes to devalue itself. Unless it’s Call of Duty or Fortnite, obviously.
It seems like Nintendo are big fans of their own work. Despite almost no attention being paid to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, they’re adding a bunch of characters to Tour.
Both Dixie Kong and Funky Kong, two fan-favorite characters from the Donkey Kong universe, are coming to the mobile game. Folks are understandably upset about it.
It’s pretty clear that Nintendo thinks they’re better than other mobile publishers. After all, they’ve claimed in the past to ask their developers to scale down microtransactions.
Despite that, you can still spend the price of a full game in one go in Mario Kart Tour. Not to mention the game’s reliance on gambling-style gashapon mechanics.
Yet, despite this Mario Kart Tour is the game that gets consistent new updates and characters? It’s not all that shocking I suppose. After all, $37.4 million in the first month it’s on sale isn’t to be sniffed at.
Since Nintendo maintains direct control over Mario Kart Tour, it’s all on them that this is happening. They could easily be pouring this effort into regular Mario Kart. Instead, they pander towards the mobile crowd.
If there was any justice in the world all of Nintendo’s mobile games would crash and burn. But they won’t. The colorful characters and IPs have a broad appeal. Kids and addicts will have no trouble coming back for more time and time again.
Clearly, Nintendo is okay with that. If they weren’t why would they keep okaying fresh content for it? Their inclusion of new characters is basically taciturn support from Nintendo themselves.
Clearly, Mario Kart Tour is more important to them than their real games.