Nintendo has announced that Mario Kart Tour will receive a multiplayer beta next month, and it will be open for the game’s Gold Pass subscribers only.
— Mario Kart Tour (@mariokarttourEN) November 1, 2019
Many players expected multiplayer karting from launch, in the same way that the previous eight instalments have been in the Mario Kart series. Confusingly, the mobile Mario Kart didn’t include an online PvP feature snd players were promised it would come in a future update.
Details were not shared on the start date or how long the beta will run for, or whether the beta will be opened up for non-subscribers. It’s more of a test a new feature with a portion of its players rather than biting off more than Nintendo can chew with all players all at once.
The monetisation strategy of Mario Kart Tour has soured some players’ enthusiasm for the game. There are no advertisements in Mario Kart Tour, and the Gold Pass monthly subscription is priced at £4.99. In-app purchases support the game by unlocking characters, Karts, and Gliders through loot boxes.