Nintendo will gut Mario Kart Tour of filthy gacha elements

Nintendo will gut Mario Kart Tour of filthy gacha elements
Nintendo will gut Mario Kart Tour of filthy gacha elements

After two years of operation, Nintendo decided to clean Mario Kart Tour of its gacha-like elements.

Nintendo’s smartphone version of Mario Kart currently lets you dump money into a warp channel in the game in exchange for random rewards, such as characters and karts.

This will soon be replaced by a Fortnite-style rotating item store, where you can directly exchange currency for items.

Digital Foundry analyzes the latest Mario Kart 8 Deluxe DLC tracks, many of which are taken from Mario Kart Tour.

Nintendo confirmed the change this morning via

and gave more details in an in-game message for Mario Kart Tour players, which said these changes would arrive early next month, October 4.

Mario Kart Tour’s previously datamined Battle Mode will arrive sometime before, at the end of September.

The removal of gacha elements from Mario Kart Tour marks a major departure from Nintendo, which infested its most lucrative mobile games with gacha mechanics.

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp lets users spend money on fortune cookies with random items inside, while Fire Emblem Heroes lets you play as random characters for your party.


Mario Kart Tour’s gacha warp pipe in action.

Nintendo hasn’t commented further on its decision to remove random purchases, although this shift in lootbox-style mechanics has been seen elsewhere in the video game industry.

Although lucrative, lootbox or gacha-style mechanics have caught the attention of many governments and regulators, concerned about gambling.

Blizzard recently detailed how it will remove paid loot boxes from Overwatch and run a simple in-game item shop and battle pass system in Overwatch 2.

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. Nintendo gut Mario Kart Tour dirty items gacha

. Nintendo gut Mario Kart Tour filthy gacha elements

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