Mario Kart Tour multiplayer release date is set for next week

The multiplayer mode in Mario Kart Tour will be available for everyone starting from next Monday morning.

It seems bizarre to think that any Mario Kart game could launch without multiplayer options, but that’s exactly what happened with mobile game Mario Kart Tour, which has been out since last September but is currently single-player only.

Multiplayer was always part of the plan though and there have been two beta tests already, allowing a select few players to compete both locally and online.

The testing is almost complete though and soon the multiplayer mode will be available to everyone, although the options will be limited depending on whether you’re a paid subscriber or not.

When does Mario Kart Tour multiplayer start?

The game’s multiplayer options officially go live on Monday, 9 March at 3am GMT, so that should be something fun to wake up to.

The default option will be to play Standard Races against random players, but you’ll also be able to play with friends offline via local Wi-Fi.

The third option is Gold Races, which are available only to paid-for Gold Pass subscribers and allow you to compete with the ‘best of the best’ for the highest grade – and rewards.

A Gold Pass costs £4.99 a month in the UK and is one of the many controversies that have surrounded the game and its penny-pinching microtransactions and gacha mechanics.

A recent update has made it easier to unlock rare characters and karts but given the amount of money people can end up spending on the mobile game, a Switch and a copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is still far better value.

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