Mario Kart Tour pay-to-win

Mario Kart Tour, a reasonably fun game hampered by its atrocious gacha-style microtransactions, is sticking to its paywalls. A slew of new tracks, characters, and kart parts are now available to unlock, and to entice players to try their luck at scoring some of the new content, Nintendo has dropped several in-game currency bundles disguised as character DLC. Technically, they offer decent value compared to the game’s normal rates, but Mario Kart Tour is such an all-around disaster on the monetization front. There is nothing good about any of these DLC packs.

The Rosalina Pack offers five Star Tickets, Rosalina, and 45 rubies. At $19.99 for that many gems, Nintendo is fleecing Mario Kart Tour players slightly less than normal. The same “deal” applies to the Diddy Kong Pack, which grants suckers buyers 90 gems, Diddy Kong, and a quick ticket. As several other outlets have pointed out, that’s literally the cost of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

If you’re in a situation where you absolutely have to waste a ton of cash in very little time, this latest round of Mario Kart Tour DLC will certainly get you there. Otherwise, though, you probably shouldn’t waste your time. With $60, you could buy The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening or Luigi’s Mansion 3, or you could have two characters and a few gacha spins on a mobile game that you’re probably already getting bored of. Tough.

Have you tried out Mario Kart Tour? What did you think of it? Can you enjoy it without forking over any cash? Let us know your experience in the comments.


Andrew Rockett
I'm the Reviews Editor here at Nintendo Enthusiast, and I'm a major fan of all consoles and eras. Follow me on Twitter @habitablestorm3 to talk games old and new.


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