Nintendo announced big news for the second-ranked racing game in the App Store. Real-time multiplayer comes to Mario Kart Tour on Sunday, March 8th. The feature was limited to beta testing in December and will launch for all users next week. Players can race against others worldwide to raise their grade in Standard Races and Gold Races.
The official launch date and time for multiplayer is Sunday, March 8th at 11:00 PM EDT (8:00 PM PDT). But don't forget to set your clocks forward one hour at 2:00 AM on March 8th for Daylight Saving Time!
Nintendo explains there are three game modes that will be available in real-time multiplayer.
Three multiplayer game modes
- Standard races
- Gold races
- With friends or others nearby
Gold Races require a subscription to the Mario Kart Tour Gold Pass, which costs $4.99 per month. Rules will change daily in both Standard Races and Gold Races.
Playing with friends or someone on a nearby iPhone or iPad means you can choose your own rules that won't change. Playing Mario Kart Tour is free, however a Nintendo account is required. Global destinations are featured in rotating tours, with players collecting drivers, karts, badges, and gliders. It only takes one finger to steer, drift, and sling items on Mario Kart racetracks.
Get Mario Kart Tour free on the App Store. Download and install requires iOS 10.0 or later and 209.2 MB of storage. In-App purchases include Rubies, Special Offers, and Gold Pass subscriptions for access to Gold Races.