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Mario Kart Tour
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This is why making mobile games with a developer who is into Microtransactions is never a good idea.
Genre: Racing
Platforms: Android
iOS
Release Date: September 25, 2019
Game Engine: Unity
Developer: Nintendo EPD
Publisher: Nintendo
Franchise: Mario Kart
Previous Game: Mario Kart 8
Next Game: Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit


Mario Kart Tour is a racing game and an entry in the Mario Kart series for iOS and Android, developed and published by Nintendo on September 25, 2019.

Why It Sucks

  1. The game's monetization system is very egregious much like Dr. Mario World, even for a mobile game and especially Nintendo standards with an insulting inclusion of loot boxes.
  2. Rubies, the game's main currency, take too long to obtain. You cannot use them to buy characters, karts, or gliders. Instead, the only thing you can buy with them is pipes, which randomly unlocks one of the three aforementioned things.
    • To make matters a lot worse, there's a very high chance of getting something you already have, to the point that you'll only get something new once in a blue moon.
  3. 200cc and many parts of the game are locked behind a $4.99 a month "Gold Pass", which is incredibly lacking. Yes, this is actually more expensive than the $4 one-month Nintendo Switch Online membership and the same price as Apple Arcade, both of which have a lot more features than this Gold Pass.
  4. Trying to steer with a touchscreen device is very clunky and awkward.
  5. Drifting is automatic by default, which means that you'll always drift when you turn, even if you don't need to drift.
  6. You only start as Toad or Toadette (or in extremely rare cases, Peachette; you will also gain either Peach or Bowser after the tutorial.) The rest of the characters are locked through the loot box system and the chances to get those characters are very low. And yes, this includes Mario and Luigi themselves.
    • To add insult-to-injury, some characters are locked behind overpriced paywalls, with the most infamous example being Diddy Kong, who can cost about $40, which is almost as much as a copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Though, the microtransactions in Animal Crossing Pocket Camp and Fire Emblem Heroes aren't that major.
  7. Lack of other vehicles from the previous games like bikes and ATV's.
    • Wheel customization is also missing.
  8. You are normally unable to drive off road, something of which you can do in every other Mario Kart game. This takes away some challenges as a result because driving off the road would normally slow down your kart. The only way to end up driving off the road is by getting hit by an item while in mid-air or getting unlucky with gliding while in a Bubble.
    • This, along with the fact that you automatically accelerate, makes it possible to win races by doing absolutely nothing.
  9. Like with most free-to-play titles, it has always-online DRM, so an internet connection is required to play the game. While a good idea, you'll race against CPUs most of the time, similar to PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and Plants vs. Zombies 2's Battlez mode, making the point of always needing to be online feel redundant here.
    • With that said, you can't pause normally during a race. Fortunately, it works by bringing either the notification center or the control center if you're playing on iOS.
  10. One of the two leading characters of the Mario franchise, Luigi, wasn't added into the game until October 23, 2019, which was nearly a month after it was released (due to attempting to release him in time for Luigi's Mansion 3). To make matters worse, Luigi was in the title screen before he was even in the game.
  11. The beta version of the game had a stamina system, forcing players to complete tasks and level up quickly or they will be unable to play for a while unless they pay for more stamina. Fortunately, it was removed in the final release.
    • However, there is a daily cap on how many coins a player can get each day, acting very similar to it.
  12. There are no tracks from Mario Kart 8.
  13. For some reason, there are no losing animations for getting 5th or below, even though you lose experience if you get 5th or below. This makes the characters look like they're okay with losing rewards.
  14. The Coin item is still in the game. While it could be acceptable if it is only collected on the track, you still gain them from item boxes. Making this worse is that coins here do not have any effect on the kart's speed, so getting a Coin in an item box is a complete dud. Speaking of which, while you usually only get around 10-20 coins per race (and can only get 300 coins maximum a day via races and 100 more via waiting for online races), the cost of items in the shop range to at least 50 coins to 12,000 coins. In the tier shop, the price of items can range from 500-800 coins to as high as 20,000 coins. At one point, ex pipe locked items from the daily shop could go as high as 30,000 coins for Pauline.
  15. Speaking of items, the Triple Red Shell and Golden Mushroom, the former of which has been in every main series Mario Kart game since Mario Kart 64 while the latter was absent from Mario Kart: Super Circuit, are absent. While it's understandable to not have them due to the game having Frenzy mode, it's still a disappointment nonetheless. Not to mention that the Feather and Boo, which both returned in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, are also absent, as well as other items such as the Piranha Plant, Poison Mushroom, Super Leaf, and POW Block, which are only seen in Mario Kart 8, Super Mario Kart, Mario Kart 7, and Mario Kart Wii respectively.
    • Some characters even have the same special items as others. Speaking of which, why do the Triple Green Shell, Triple Banana, Triple Mushroom, Fire Flower, and Boomerang Flower fall into this category? Those are items that everyone should be able to use.
  16. The Mega Mushroom has been severely nerfed in this game. Getting hit by any item will return the player to normal size, making this version of the item far inferior to its Mario Kart Wii counterpart. Not to mention that the Mega Mushroom user doesn't get any speed boost or off-road advantages.
  17. The Bubble, a new item in this game, is considered to be one of the worst items in the game, as it is a highly inferior Bullet Bill that has a very small speed boost and breaks in one hit, but the player cannot use any additional items in it, making it more hindering most of the time. Alongside, the player has almost no control while in the Bubble, and gliding with the Bubble is prone to be buggy and often get you out of bounds. The Chain Chomp from Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, an item that is not in the game, is a far better item than the Bubble, despite it also being an inferior Bullet Bill.
    • Similarly, the Banana Barrel, Mushroom Cannon, and Dash Ring are also nuisances to use, as the first item can straight up hurt the player like the Thunder Cloud from Mario Kart Wii does, while the last two can help the user's rivals like the Yoshi Egg does. Not to mention the Coin Box is a complete waste of an item slot.
  18. Even more clone characters in the form of characters like Musician Mario, Black Shy Guy, and Peachette. While most of them are not as insultingly bad as clones like Tanooki Mario, Baby Rosalina, and Pink Gold Peach (the first of whom is not in the game, but the last two are), they all still only serve as either roster fillers or seasonal characters.
    • Besides in the first three tours (and the Holiday Tour), only clone characters have been added rather than characters such as Funky Kong (Who was just added in the Jungle Tour), Petey Piranha, Paratroopa, etc. who haven't appeared for multiple games or characters who haven't appeared in a Mario Kart title, but have potential, such as Nabbit (who was later added in the Wild West Tour) or Hammer Bro (who was later added in the Hammer Bro Tour).
    • Virtually every update adds at least one new clone character. Speaking of which, Nintendo had the guts to completely recolor characters like Birdo, Yoshi, and Shy Guy and attempt to pass those off as additional characters. What's worse is that they share the same animations, sounds, and artwork.
    • Even some of the clone characters have clone characters. The game added in characters like Cherub Baby Peach and Detective Baby Rosalina.
    • In recent times, they even tried to pass off gold counterparts of some of the characters, karts and gliders in the game's roster. Examples include Gold Dry Bowser, Gold Clanky Kart, Gold Swooper, Gold King Boo, and Gold Shy Guy.
  19. You have to wait a while to get cups, which can range from 1-3 days unless you use a quick ticket.
  20. Prior to July 21, 2020, you could only play the game in portrait mode and with swipe gestures for steering. This is unacceptable for a mobile racing game, so don't expect to play it with a controller.
  21. The AI rubberbanding in this game is at its worst in the series. Getting hit just once in a race is often good enough to go from 1st to 8th and be at a point where the player will never catch up (compare to other games, where getting hit will often make the player lose a place or two instead of going instantly to last). The rubberbanding is most notable starting with the Mario Bros. Tour.
  22. There are no My Nintendo points to earn, making this app pointless for those that want them.
  23. Multiplayer support is about as bad as the multiplayer in Kirby Battle Royale:
    • There tends to be a lot of problems when attempting to find a match. It can take dozens of communication errors before one gets into a match. Even then, starting a match can take a long time.
    • Too many lag and connection issues; it is extremely easy to get disconnected. Especially, it can be easy to get into a "1 player race" and then shortly disconnect afterwards. Due to the lag, items you apparently hit on someone might not slow them down, and you may spin out for no reason.
    • Multiplayer is ironically more luck-based than skill based at times because of lag as mentioned above, and due to the randomness of item boxes not being consistent. Often times, you may still get items you normally get in 1st place when you are in 6th place or below.
    • Tracks are only selected from a cup of the running tour in order and are only rotated every 15 minutes.
    • In the multiplayer beta, private lobbies lacked any customization options, so it's just the same as playing on quickplay with only members you choose to join.
    • In the multiplayer beta, the player didn't get any rewards for a multiplayer match. A tier-ranking system was added on the final release, and the player can get rewards and experience, but disconnections do affect experience, so getting disconnected multiple times can result in losing lots of experience. You can even lose experience if you disconnect before the race even starts, which combined with the above lag and server problems, makes it very hard to rank up even with a strong internet connection.
    • Even though there are rulesets that can force less than 3 item slots, it didn't make players pick a variety of characters on races, meaning that you can often see players use the same character on races. During races with 3 slots allowed, like most pay to win games, the real winner is the player who uses a character with 3 item slots, and thus will have an advantage over players who is only restricted to 1 item slot characters. On most maps, the only way to get 3 slot characters is to have a High End character on hand.
  24. As time would go on, the final scores to aim for on the first cup would become ridiculously high. In fact, it would get so high to the point where it just becomes unfair. It's understandable to keep it at maybe 1000 or maybe 1500 points in order to achieve a Grand Star, but how would you expect newcomers to achieve 7300 points on their first race? Fortunately, the final score limit was reverted due to negative feedback from players.
  25. The Baby Rosalina Tour. At this point, many fans have thought Nintendo ran out of ideas. While it can be excusable as majority of the tours starting from this point are considered "emergency tours", this led to many gamers questioning how the developer team didn't create the full tours in advance.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Pauline and Hammer Bro. (who was originally intended to be playable for Mario Kart Wii) make their first playable debut in the Mario Kart franchise. Monty Mole (Until he became fully playable since the Wild West Tour), Dixie Kong, Nabbit, and King Bob-omb are also playable for a limited time.
  2. Despite having the clone characters as filling empty character slots The game arguably has the best roster in the Maio Kart series, (maybe even the best roster the whole Mario Franchise).
  3. The item balance is once again based on position rather than distance, due to criticism with Mario Kart 8's item balance.
  4. Some great items return here, such as Bowser's Shell and the Mega Mushroom, despite the latter being nerfed.
    • It's also nice to see the Ice Flower as a new item.
    • The Fake Item Box and Thunder Cloud aren't in the game, because the former is just a Banana that doesn't block items and looks nothing like a regular Item Box, and the latter just straight up hurts the user if they don't give it to another racer.
  5. Good graphics for a mobile game.
  6. Mission mode returns ever since Mario Kart Wii's tournament mode.
  7. Most of the aforementioned characters were added in future updates.
  8. At least the microtransactions aren't as extreme as the ones in CSR Racing 2 or Asphalt 8: Airborne (after Vivendi's hostile takeover of Gameloft) and doesn't restrict the grinding heavily unlike Dr. Mario World and Team Kirby Clash Deluxe.
  9. Diddy Kong, Birdo and Funky Kong (Who is also playable for a limited time) finally return since Mario Kart Wii.
  10. The Winter Tour updated added the option to steer without drifting.
  11. Multiplayer mode at least encourages victory over position instead of over points.
  12. The music is great (especially Vancourver Velocity, and Berlin Byways).
  13. As of July 21, 2020, Landscape mode has been added into the game.
  14. The tracks that make their debut in this game are fun to play through.
  15. At least, the game is more rewarding in recent times.

Reception

Mario Kart Tour was met with mostly mixed reception from critics and mostly negative reception from gamers. It is one of the lowest rated Mario games on Metacritic, as the game has a critic score of 58/100, and a user score of 3.8/10.[1] Many consider it to be the worst Mario Kart game to date.

The Completionist listed the game, along with the other Nintendo mobile games released in 2019 as number three in his "Top 10 Worst Video Games of 2019" video. WatchMojo similarly featured the game on their list as number eight.

Despite the game's pitiful reception, Mario Kart Tour won the "Racing Game of the Year" award at the 2020 DICE Awards, beating out Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled.

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Comments


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GrammarFixer

17 months ago
Score 6
Mario Kart series are nosediving with this cash grab.
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EnnardTrap1987

17 months ago
Score 9

No Luigi??

How dare they..
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Glitchedblood

16 months ago
Score 5
they added him
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HammerBro101

8 months ago
Score 2
I can't believe they waited until nearly a month after the game was released to add Luigi and Waluigi.
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Stomps

17 months ago
Score 6
Worst Mario Kart Game Ever
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Glitchedblood

17 months ago
Score 2
Not as bad as Super Circuit, though.
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Stomps

13 months ago
Score 2
Super Circuit was "eh"
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TheShinyLucarioMaster

6 months ago
Score 1
Super Circuit's title theme was amazing
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Robertoiglesias271

17 days ago
Score 0
true
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Sofaking we todd it

17 months ago
Score 13
Satoru Iwata would never allow this game to be released in this state if he was still alive.
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Swaggy Shooter

11 months ago
Score -2
Actually he wouldn't allow any mobile game at all
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Sofaking we todd it

10 months ago
Score 3
That's not true. He was responsible for Pokémon Go, Super Mario Run and Miitomo.
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MixelMan10

17 months ago
Score 3
If this was a main series Mario Kart game for like a console, I would feel betrayed. Even my least favorite Mario Kart games are not as poorly executed as this. I feel like Nintendo's legitimately doing something wrong in terms of them being in the mobile industry.
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Glitchedblood

17 months ago
Score 4
Let's hope this isn't the actual Mario Kart 9...
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Gene0129

17 months ago
Score 4
Nintendo is way out of touch as far as mobile gaming goes.
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TearingMeDown94

17 months ago
Score 3

Fascinating.. Nintendo who was once against Online features on the Wii U and STILL is fighting online player on the Switch could turn Mario Kart into an pay-to-win game.

Our childhoods are fucked
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JTG

17 months ago
Score 1
Let's hope they add more characters in the next update.
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Sofaking we todd it

17 months ago
Score 3
God help us if Pink Gold Peach gets added to the roster.
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HammerBro101

13 months ago
Score 3
I hate to tell you this, but Pink Gold Peach has been added to the roster.
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Sofaking we todd it

13 months ago
Score 3
Well that's just great. Maybe Nintendo will add Gold Mario outside of Coin Rush or Silver Luigi from NSMB2 next. Or worse, they'll add a metal version of one of the baby characters.
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Grust

17 months ago
Score 5
WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!
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RyMann37

17 months ago
Score 4
Honestly in my opinion, Call Of Duty Mobile was better than this.
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NoUsername

11 months ago
Score -1
Nah, CoD DS was much better than this
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Vicious187

16 months ago
Score 2
If i wanted a portable Nintendo game i'd play my switch or my 3ds.
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Glitchedblood

16 months ago
Score 0
pretty much
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ThereIsNoUsername

16 months ago
Score 2
No Luigi or Wario? How can ya have a Mario Kart game without Luigi and Wario? It's also bad that Waluigi isn't playable in Smash Ultimate, why make his life more miserable by not including him in Mario Kart? :(
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Botbuster

16 months ago
Score 1
The new update added Luigi and Waluigi.
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Paprika

16 months ago
Score 3
Do we even need another Mario Kart mobile when we already have 7 on 3DS and 8 Deluxe on Switch? Let alone one filled with micro transactions?
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Glitchedblood

16 months ago
Score 0
it's just a poor man's mario kart 7
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Rechiheaghie

8 months ago
Score -1
I have Mario Kart 7 and it's a really good game. I found the 8-Deluxe controls a bit odd (that's because i never play it) and MK Tour... umm...
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Nihirichan

16 months ago
Score 5
If you want to play a GOOD Mario Kart game for free, then go to your nearest Dave & Buster's or The Main Event and go play Mario Kart Arcade DX. Or if you don't want to go to these places, then get Mario Kart 8 (preferably Deluxe) for Christmas! Christmas is near, y'all!
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HammerBro101

6 months ago
Score -1
Or you could get older Mario Kart games, like Mario Kart Wii, Double Dash, 64, or even Super Mario Kart.
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ZephanieDimaranan

16 months ago
Score 2
Are the microtransactions overpriced and intense, i think the MTX is cheaper and more valuable than A8 post Vivendi, CSR 2 or NFSNL.
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Tony Li

15 months ago
Score 0
I actually downloaded the app tbh
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SkyBlueYoshi

15 months ago
Score 6
Mario Kart: Cashgrab Tour
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HammerBro101

13 months ago
Score 1
That sounds like an appropriate name for this game.
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Nicktendolean

2 months ago
Score 0
Nah, Mario Kart EA Tour.
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EnnardTrap1987

14 months ago
Score 2

You’re telling me, that we got THIS steaming pile of garbage instead of Mario Kart 9??

Get out of here.
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Superjothan

12 months ago
Score 3
Honestly, Pokémon Masters is far better than this.
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HammerBro101

11 months ago
Score 1
At this rate, every single Mario character in existence is about to get themselves a clone character.
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Rechiheaghie

8 months ago
Score -1
Who knows there may as well be a blue/yellow glowing lumpy loafy baby obese Mario some day!
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Mr. Tenno

11 months ago
Score 0
No wonder why it won a DICE award. The DICE Awards lost my trust.
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HammerBro101

10 months ago
Score -1
I know, right? It's just as untrustworthy as IGN. They invented the "Sonic was never good" trope.
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Man who turned Evil

11 months ago
Score 0
If anybody was thinking to mention Daily Selects list, it was downgraded to core cast and Normal stuff introduced in Tokyo Tour, so you can't buy new characters like Luigi, Wario, Waluigi or Rosalina or skins of Yoshi and Shy Guy.
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Man who turned Evil

8 months ago
Score 0
Luckily in Cooking Tour, they restored the stuff from Tokyo and Halloween Tour, they also added Paris Tour set and Pauline, but with immensely higher prices.
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Gabuboi64

10 months ago
Score 0
Am I the only one that likes this game, Along with Kirby Battle Royale and Mario Party The Top 100?
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Tony Li

8 months ago
Score 2
I'm glad they finally added Luigi to the game
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HammerBro101

7 months ago
Score 2
They added Luigi to the game on October 23, 2019.
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CaptainJ

7 months ago
Score -1
When this game was announced, ngl, I was a little suspicious that it might be a pay-to-win game, hearing that it is free to download.
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HammerBro101

6 months ago
Score -1
This game is slowly improving, but even then, it still sucks mainly due to microtransactions and the fact that you have to unlock every character through the loot box system.
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TheShinyLucarioMaster

6 months ago
Score -1
Did anyone realise that the names of the computer controlled opponents are actually the names of CPU Miis from Wii Sports Club?
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DatCoolRedstoneGuy Est. 2004

6 months ago
Score 0
If this was ACTUALLY Mario Kart 9, that would be disappointing
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Zeephare

6 months ago
Score -1
It's an obvious spin-off. Why do people make up these silly theories that it probably would be Mario Kart 9? If Mario Kart 9 were to be created, it would be released on Switch or in the future on the new Nintendo console.
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HammerBro101

3 months ago
Score -1
You know what else is a spin-off? Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit.
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Grammer Guy

6 months ago
Score 1
You can't even have Mario fron the start? I'd say this makes Nintendo greeder than EA with this game!
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DarkMatterMan4500

6 months ago
Score 1
Try comparing them to FUCKING Activision!
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DarkMatterMan4500

6 months ago
Score 1
Activision is ACTUALLY more greedy than those 2 altogether.
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CaptainJ

6 months ago
Score 0
Speaking of Mario Kart 9, I know this is kinda irrelevant, but do you think getting mario kart 8 deluxe is worth it right now?
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Rechiheaghie

6 months ago
Score 0
Get Mario Kart 7 instead... if you can still get it that is.
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CarlFilip19

5 months ago
Score 2

I do not like things appearing for a limited time.

This game has many characters and cool things that only appear for a tour and may not even come back.

This is also related to one thing about Fortnite that I find boring.

At least The Simpsons: Tapped Out has a vault where you can buy old things for a bunch of donuts.
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Piplupfan125

5 months ago
Score 0
That game isn’t really that crappy even with the Microtransactions *COUGH COUGH PvZ2* it is pretty fun
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Man who turned Evil

5 months ago
Score 0
Sometimes due to aforementioned lags certain players would regress in Multiplayer instead of progressing as they may lose a lot of races.
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EricSonic

5 months ago
Score 1
They added a variaton of a character that WASN'T in the game
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ThePCGamer

4 months ago
Score 1
When I will get a new phone, I will download this game and learn how to play, because I cannot play it on my tablet, cuz my tablet is broken
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DatCoolRedstoneGuy Est. 2004

4 months ago
Score 1
Wait. I'm confused. Is this game no longer average?
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Glitchedblood

4 months ago
Score 2
It never was supposed to be average. People keep assuming it is.
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DatCoolRedstoneGuy Est. 2004

4 months ago
Score 1
Oh
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DatAwesomeDiamondGuyEst. 1969

4 months ago
Score 1
It really sucks due to the errors in the game
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HammerBro101

3 months ago
Score 0
The track selection is mainly biased towards Super Mario Kart and Mario Kart 7, as there are eighteen returning tracks from those two games alone. Meanwhile, there are only two returning tracks from Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, and there is only one returning track from Mario Kart Wii.
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HammerBro101

3 months ago
Score 0
What I mean eighteen returning tracks from Super Mario Kart and Mario Kart 7, I mean there are ten returning tracks from the former and eight returning tracks from the latter.
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JTG

2 months ago
Score 1
The fact that this game has 10 SNES tracks and 3 of them are remixed, this seems like a case of nostalgia pandering to me.
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Lloyd1111

3 months ago
Score 0
Well, at least Maple Treeway made it in
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KalloFox34

3 months ago
Score 0

I played the game once, then never again.

The controls alone are horrible.
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Yoshi and Tails Fanboy 130

3 months ago
Score 3
I'm glad I never played this game, I'm never gonna play this game no matter what. I'll just stick to all other Mario Kart games I own instead.
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JTG

2 months ago
Score 1
I tried to get the latest app image, and it won't let me.
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Zhuguli232

one month ago
Score 1
This isn't Mario Kart 9.
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UncensoredGamez

one month ago
Score 0
Yep.
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Tom2tums

one month ago
Score 1
I edited it to put in more points but some stingy guy got rid of them, why? nothing goes past the baby rosalina tour, which means this is outdated, i was making it more dated
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Aspen Pellot

one month ago
Score 0
I prefer Mario Kart DS o- wait a minute *flashbacks to #NoMobileGamesYesArcadeGames Twitter posts and creating a Arcade vs. Mobile page in Aspenpellot Wiki* Oh, I prefer Mario Kart Arcade GP 1&2 over this garbage because I prefer coin-op arcade games over mobile games
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The Dunkman

16 days ago
Score 0
No offense but I think DeNA Co LTD, one of the developers, should be blamed mostly on this, as they also developed some mobile games that also have Microtransactions and Pokémon Masters has Microtransactions.
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Pangolin

2 days ago
Score 0

We should add this reason to "Why it Sucks:"

  1. To top it all off, this game almost KILLED the Mario Kart name and has been struggling to recover ever since the game's release.

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