If you grew up playing any sort of Nintendo game chances are you’ve played Mario Kart. Super Mario Kart, the first game in the franchise, became the 4th best selling videogame on the SNES and sold over 8.76 million copies. Since then, it’s been a Nintendo classic. Now, the game we love is back on a console everyone owns- the smartphone.
Mario Kart Tour is on the Google Play Store and App Store for free and you need to play it. As a Mario Kart fan who’s played titles on every console I have to say the phone version gives me the same excitement and thrills as the console versions. It’s fast, unpredictable, and addictive.
Since the game was designed for smartphones the controls are customizable depending on player’s preference. There’s options for “manual drift”, “smart steering”, “auto item”, and the option of controlling a cart by tilting your device.
Considering Mario Kart Tour only takes up half a gigabyte, the game packs a lot of content and depth. There’s 10 courses with more being added in the coming months, 20 playable characters, and tour cups. Lots and lots of tour cups.
Mario Kart is one of those games anyone can pickup and play, but it’s still challenging no matter your skill level. It finely mixes luck, randomness, and skill into a sweet mixture I call the Mario Kart Formula. What I always liked about Mario Kart is even if you’re in last you still have a good chance of coming back. Even skilled players have to stay on their toes. Anyone has a shot at winning and that fair competitiveness is addicting and keeps people racing all day.
Each cup is broken down into three races and one bonus challenge that puts a spin on gameplay. In one challenge I was throwing green shells to knock out goombas, kind of like bowling, and another I had to try hitting as many ramps as possible to rack up jump boost points. These bonus challenges are like taking a break from regular racing and keep things fresh.
Mario Kart Tour is an amazing game and I think anyone who’s enjoyed the games on console will love it. Even if you don’t have much time to play games; races only last around 3-5 minutes with 2 laps instead of 3 like previous titles. The only problem is that it’s Mario Kart and it’s addicting. You might not be able to put your phone down.