Nintendo announced Several new updates coming to the mobile racing game Mario Kart Tour during September. But one big change coming in October is that the game will no longer have gacha elements, instead opting for what it calls the “Spotlight store”.
If you have ever used a pod machine or a gachapon machine, then you have a pretty good idea of what gacha games are. They encourage you to spend in-game currency, which you can either earn by playing the game or get by spending real money, to buy random in-game items. Popular games that use gacha include Genshin Impact, Dragalia Lost (which sadly closes in November), Fire Emblem Heroes (Nintendo’s most popular mobile game), and Pokémon Masters EX.
YouTuber Jenny Geist shared an in-game notification she received today while downloading Mario Kart Tour, indicating that a new store will be available in the game starting October 4th that will feature new and returning items.
You’ll be able to use the rubies you get in the game to get new drivers, karts, and gliders, and it looks like there will be an ever-changing selection in the shop. So the monetization aspect is still part of the game, but the random element will be removed.
Before the Spotlight Shop opens its doors, Battle Mode will also hit the tour later this month! Finally, you can compete against others online from the comfort of your phone.
More information about all these upcoming updates will be announced on the official Mario Kart Tour Twitter, but we think it’s at least a step in the right direction. The next mobile game tour starts on September 6/7 (depending on the time zone) and will see the Mario brothers take on each other!
How do you feel about this ad? Do you prefer the in-game store to random gacha items? Hurry up in the comments!