Mobile racing game Mario Kart Tour is set to undergo a major overhaul on 5 October 2022, with a new update set to remove the game’s long-criticised gacha elements, replacing them with a Spotlight Shop where players will be able to purchase karts and other in-game items outright.
Previously, the gacha-based system required players to spend Rubies on unique Pipe collectibles, which opened to reveal drivers and other in-game goodies. The system relied on players continuously spending rubies with only a chance to earn rare collectibles. While these Pipes didn’t allow duplicates, there were 100 on offer for limited-time drivers – and any one of those could include special characters (even the 100th Pipe).
According to calculations from VGC, this means players could have been required to spend up to US $236.96 (AU $350) to collect these drivers.
From 5 October 2022,
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Mario Kart Tour will also introduce Battle mode in its latest update. This mode, which will be familiar to players who’ve dived into Mario Kart on consoles, will see players entering into intense battles with balloons attached to their kart. To defeat opponents, you’ll need to pop their balloons by speeding around a stage, firing projectiles.
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Mario Kart Tour‘s latest update is set to go live on 5 October 2022. From this date, no gacha Pipes will be available for purchase.