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'Mario Kart' Is Finally Coming to Your Phone So Say Goodbye to Productivity

You'll be able to race around the streets of Tokyo, hurl shells under the Arc de Triomphe and slide on banana peels on Broadway.
By Sarah Ward
August 29, 2019
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'Mario Kart' Is Finally Coming to Your Phone So Say Goodbye to Productivity

You'll be able to race around the streets of Tokyo, hurl shells under the Arc de Triomphe and slide on banana peels on Broadway.
By Sarah Ward
August 29, 2019
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When Nintendo's highly anticipated new mobile Mario Kart game races onto smartphones everywhere in September, it'll give fans what they've always wanted: the ability to play the iconic title anywhere and everywhere, and zoom around tracks inspired by real-life locations. Yep, Mario Kart Tour ticks both boxes.

Releasing on Wednesday, September 25 on both iOS and Android, the game is a big deal for Nintendo, marking Mario Kart's first foray into the mobile realm. For the past 27 years, if you wanted to hop in a red-coloured kart, pretend you're the company's famous character and hurl shells at your competitors (all virtually, of course), you had to have a Nintendo console or handheld device — such as a Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64, Game Boy, Game Cube, DS, Wii, 3DS, Wii U or Switch.

While Luigi, Bowser, Peach and the gang will all zip around the new game as they've always done, the fresh courses are also a huge achievement. Goodbye Rainbow Road — as the just-dropped first trailers show, Mario Kart Tour features tracks in Paris, Tokyo, New York and more. Yes, you'll be able to drive past Tokyo Tower, rush beside the Arc de Triomphe and zoom along Broadway, among other spots. The global tours will change every fortnight, so you can look forward to more locations. And, on select courses, some beloved Mario Kart characters will be able to navigate their own special variations.

Free to play (with in-app purchases), you'll use your finger to steer, drift and sling items. Otherwise, it's basically business as usual. Cycle through different karts and drivers, hit the accelerator and get ready not only to speed along, but to collect coins and unleash oh-so-many banana peels.

Check out the Mario Kart Tour trailers below and here:

Mario Kart Tour releases on Wednesday, September 25. For further details, and to pre-register for the game, visit the Mario Kart Tour website.

Published on August 29, 2019 by Sarah Ward

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