The next big update for Mario Kart Tour has added new tracks, characters, and car parts – as well as the worst microtransactions so far.
Mario Kart Tour may be on course to be the most successful Nintendo mobile game yet but it’s far from a fan favourite, with many complaining about its many microtransactions and missing features, including multiplayer.
Nevertheless, today sees the introduction of the promised Tokyo track, along with classic circuit Rainbow Road, Mario and Princess Peach wearing kimonos, and Super Mario Galaxy’s Rosalina.
What’s also being added though is new character packs that include a new driver and a stack of in-game currency… and they are offensively expensive.
You can earn the characters just by playing the game but if you want to get Rosalina instantly then the Rosalina Pack costs £19.99 and comes with 45 ruby gems and five star tickets.
If you want to get Diddy Kong though his pack is a staggering £38.99, including 90 ruby gems and a quick ticket.
The characters are very much treated as a bonus, with the ruby gems being the main reason the packs cost so much, as they’re used to pay for a go on the Warp Pipe that spits out random in-game prizes.
It’s still appalling though, given a copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on Switch only costs £50 or less and has no microtransactions whatsoever.
None of which is likely to stop Mario Kart Tour’s success, which had the fastest start of any Nintendo download so far. Although in-game purchases have so far been slower than cash cow Fire Emblem Heroes.