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DeNA CEO Says ‘Mario Kart Tour’ Will Be Free-to-Start on Mobile

Nintendo shocked everyone when they announced Mario Kart was coming to the App Store. Mario Kart Tour is a new mobile game that is being developed by DeNA and Nintendo for mobile platforms and it is due before March 2019. As with every Nintendo announcement, there’s a lot of speculation until they reveal more details. As of now we don’t know whether it will be a full Mario Kart experience like the console titles or an auto driving game where you manage other things. Today, DeNA CEO commented on one aspect of the monetisation for Mario Kart Tour. He said that the game would be free to start.

Now we already know that Super Mario Run wasn’t as successful as Nintendo’s Fire Emblem Heroes. The pay once to unlock everything model was not as lucrative as the more proven gacha system we have in Fire Emblem Heroes. I can’t wait to see the actual game revealed as we head closer to release. As of now “free-to-start" implies it could be a full on free to play title or it could be something that follows the Super Mario Run model. Either way, everyone will be able to try out Mario Kart Tour for free when it hits the App Store and Google Play before March 2019.

[via Takashi Mochizuki of The Wall Street Journal.]