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Technology‘Mario Kart Tour’ Beta Locks Powerful ‘Rare’ Characters Behind Paywall

17:58  22 may  2019
17:58  22 may  2019 Source:   variety.com

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Mario Kart Tour . Coming in Summer 2019. Applications for the closed beta test are no longer being accepted. In-game purchases are not available during the beta test.

As Game Informer reports, Mario Kart Tour is being developed by Nintendo, but Japanese company DeNA—which specializes in mobile portals and e-commerce websites—will No details about those microtransactions have been released, but it seems likely that content will be locked behind paywalls .

‘Mario Kart Tour’ Beta Locks Powerful ‘Rare’ Characters Behind Paywall© Nintendo

Mario Kart Tour” seems poised to have several monetization elements, including for-pay “rare characters,” based on leaked info from its current beta period in Japan, as shared on ResetEra.

The mobile game will be free to play, so of course Nintendo needs to make money from “Mario Kart Tour” somehow. Still, some fans are concerned about the amount of microtransactions the game will have upon its full release. Though screenshots and the like are not meant to be shared during the closed beta, some users have taken to Twitter (most of it can be found by searching the game name in Japanese: #マリオカートツアー) and forums to share screenshots and thoughts on the game.

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The Mario Kart Tour beta is taking applications but it has some very specific requirements. Nintendo's getting in gear for a Mario Kart Tour beta and you can sign up now if you meet the requirements. The mobile version of the biggest kart -racing franchise on Earth will be available for

The Mario Kart Tour beta will be launching shortly in May 2019, before the full game releases later on in Summer. Nintendo has a large roster of characters it can use in Mario Kart Tour , and we expect the roster will be largely similar to the line-up used in recent mainline Mario Kart entries.

A beta is not a full picture, and it says on the website for the game that “in-game purchases are not available during the beta test,” so even those currently playing can’t have a full grasp of how invasive the microtransactions will be for the game.

Games industry consultant Dr. Serkan Toto shared his thoughts on the beta on Twitter, noting that it seems that “‘Mario Kart Tour’ beta is pretty hardcore with regards to monetization.”

He pointed out that there are “multi-level gacha for drivers, karts and gliders,” meaning players need to spend virtual currency to unlock these in-game elements. The thing about virtual currency is that it can usually be earned in-game, but it can also usually be unlocked by spending real-world dollars.

The other option was for Nintendo to release the game for a one-time cost rather than free to play with microtransactions, but that seems to be happening less and less as it limits the potential for publishers to make more and more revenue from a single game. “Fortnite,” “Brawl Stars,” and other top mobile games follow the free to play model to great success.

As for the game itself, beyond monetization, from initial impressions of screenshots and the like being shared around it looks like classic “Mario Kart” in portrait mode, with gameplay a bit more simplified. The racer reportedly just drives automatically, and players have to steer by pulling to the left or right.

The expected characters are present: Mario, Luigi, Peach, Bowser, Toad, Yoshi, and others. Some characters, like Luigi, are classified as “rare,” and behind a virtual paywall.

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