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Nintendo re-invents a classic

by Zach Wagner - Staff Writer
Tue, Sep 10th 2019 11:00 pm
The first `Super Mario Kart` game was released in 1992. Now its mobile successor, `Mario Kart Tour,`enters the mobile gaming world for the first time since the birth of Nintendo.
The first "Super Mario Kart" game was released in 1992. Now its mobile successor, "Mario Kart Tour,"enters the mobile gaming world for the first time since the birth of Nintendo.

After over 25 years of red shells and bananas, Nintendo has decided to take its famous Mario Kart to the mobile gaming world. The new mobile app includes fan favorite courses, all the beloved characters and of course some new installments.

According to Business Insider, the game was scheduled to launch in March of 2019 but was postponed until the summer. Nintendo decided to head back to the drawing board due to some quality issues, giving the company time to implement more new features than originally planned.

The app, titled “Mario Kart Tour,” is a separate branch of the main Mario Kart series, which have only been available on Nintendo consoles. This will be the third version of the popular series that is not exclusively to a Nintendo gaming console. “Mario Kart Arcade” was the first to spin into a separate lane back in October of 2005, followed by “Mario Kart Run” 11 years later in October of 2016.

Gamers can expect all the classic game play Mario Kart has to offer. From racing, battling and collecting items, players can enjoy an interactive experience against their favorite characters on their favorite tracks. 

One major difference between the console and mobile version is players do not have to manually break or accelerate like in the past. Steering is the main focus in this version and players must use their touchscreen to move racers from left to right. One of the downfalls of the game is that it will not be multiplayer right away, taking away the appeal of playing against friends.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, fans can look forward to some new players and maps in addition to the classics they have come to know and love. Bowser Jr., Diddy Kong and Lakitu will be available to use once the app is launched. 

Real life locations such as Paris, New York and Tokyo will be used as race tracks. Unlike the original Mario Kart games, most of the characters will be unavailable to use initially, needing to be unlocked if you want to put them to use. This will keep people engaged in working through the challenges so they can unlock their favorite character. Virtual currency will be rewarded based on performance, which can be used to unlock the items.

As reported by Business Insider, the app consists of 64 courses divided into 16 cups. Once all of the challenges are completed, 30 characters will be available along with interchangeable parts to customize the racer’s vehicle.

The game is set for release on Sept. 25, 2019, and will be available for download on IOS and Android. Most importantly, it is a free app leaving no excuses for why you are not tearing up the race track. The virtual currency is the only way to purchase the locked items, making it so nobody can pay their way through.

Personally, I am excited for this new installment of the Mario Kart series. As a kid, and even as a young adult, I have enjoyed playing Mario Kart on many different Nintendo consoles. The new additions will add some twists and turns to the already hectic game.

The fact the game is not multiplayer could away from the experience of playing Mario Kart. However, the unlocking of the characters could be the new way to challenge your friends, competing to see who can unlock the characters the fastest.

Adjusting to the new driving style will be difficult at first, but once users get accustomed to it, it will become second nature, like playing on a console. 

Mario Kart has been around longer than many millenials and has been a generational staple for children all over the world. No matter the platforms or differences, Mario Kart will always be a classic. The new app will most likely be a major success and take the mobile gaming world by storm.

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