Nintendo and DeNA’s next smartphone game, Mario Kart Tour, is going to be “free-to-start,” according to a recent tweet by Wall Street Journal tech reporter Takashi Mochizuki.
Mochizuki’s usage of the term “free-to-start” is a little ambiguous, but most outlets are taking it to mean that Mario Kart Tour will be free to download with optional IAPs, à la Nintendo’s last couple of mobile releases (Fire Emblem Heroes and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp). They’re probably correct since this type of pricing model has been working well for Nintendo/DeNA games, whereas Super Mario Run, with its pay-once structure, was a financial flop.
DeNA CEO said “Mario Kart Tour,” a Nintendo-DeNA smartphone game planned for FY18, will be free-to-start.
— Takashi Mochizuki (@mochi_wsj) February 8, 2018
Unfortunately, aside from that, there’s no other new Mario Kart Tour news to report at this time. Hopefully we’ll get a trailer, screenshots or some type of tease soon!
Source: Pocket Gamer