Nintendo has announced that the popular smartphone game Mario Kart Tour will receive its final content update on October 4th. After this date, the game will still be playable, but it will not have any new content added and will instead recycle existing content.
Mario Kart Tour was first launched for iPhone and Android devices four years ago in September 2019. It quickly became one of Nintendo’s most successful mobile games, bringing the fun of racing with beloved Mario characters to players everywhere.
One controversial feature of Mario Kart Tour was its gacha-style system, where players could pull on Mushroom Kingdom warp pipes to try and unlock new characters and kart pieces. However, after three years, Nintendo decided to remove this feature in 2022 and replaced it with an in-game item shop.
In a message within the game, Nintendo stated that starting from October 4th, tours in Mario Kart Tour will consist of content from previous tours. This means that no new courses, drivers, karts or gliders will be added. Despite this change, Nintendo hopes that players will continue to enjoy playing Mario Kart Tour.
The most recent tracks in Mario Kart Tour were developed alongside the Booster Course Pass for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the Nintendo Switch. The last of these tracks are scheduled to arrive before the end of 2023. It seems fitting that both games are wrapping up their content production together.
Since releasing its first mobile app Miitomo in 2016, Nintendo has launched several mobile games. However, some of these games have been shut down completely, including Miitomo, Dr Mario World, and Dragalia Lost. Currently standing strong are Super Mario Run, Fire Emblem Heroes, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, and Mario Kart Tour.
The only new addition to Nintendo’s lineup since 2019 is Pikmin Bloom which is a collaboration project with Pokémon Go developer Niantic.
End of an Era
Nintendo has announced that the popular smartphone game, Mario Kart Tour, will no longer receive updates after October 4th. This means that there will be no new content added to the game.
Why do Nintendo End Games?
Nintendo often ends games to focus on new projects and developments. They want to ensure that their resources are used effectively and efficiently.
- Mario Kart Tour was released in September 2019 for iPhone and Android devices.
- The game had a gacha-style system where players could unlock new characters and kart pieces.
- After three years, this system was removed and replaced with an in-game item shop.
- Starting from October 4th, the game will only feature content that has already been released before. No new courses, drivers, karts or gliders will be added.
- The last tracks developed for Mario Kart Tour are expected to arrive by the end of 2023.
- Some other Nintendo mobile games have already been shut down completely, but Super Mario Run, Fire Emblem Heroes, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, and Mario Kart Tour are still available to play.
- Pikmin Bloom is the only mobile game launched by Nintendo since 2019. It is a collaboration project with Pokémon Go developer Niantic.