If you haven’t heard yet, Mario Kart Tour beat Pokemon Go on day-one downloads. That’s pretty impressive by any standard. With 10.1 million downloads on September 25th, that’s more than any of the other big-name launches like Fortnite or Clash Royale. However, the news gets even more significant because Mario Kart is now the number one overall ranked app in the iOS App Store in 93 countries. That’s ridiculous. So how can you join in on all the fun? We’ve got you covered with our top ten awesome tips and cheats for Mario Kart Tour.
It should be evident that coming in first place is the best way to get the points you need to advance. However, just driving isn’t going to be enough in this game. There are a plethora of tracks to choose from for your karts and gliders. It turns out that the vehicle and character matters. Choosing the right karts and gliders gets you a bonus multiplier on some tracks. Selecting the perfect glider can net you the big-time combo bonus and a 3x combo bonus while picking the correct kart can get you a 2x bonus point multiplier. Playable characters who favor specific courses will give you extra items per item box. Loadout is king in this kart tour, so don’t just play with your favorite character or kart all the time.
2. Get Your Rubies
Like most apps these days, you can buy your bonus items, but the good news is that Mario Kart Tour also gives you plenty of chances to earn them. If you want to support the game or level up faster, a dollar ninety-nine will get you three, and prices go as high as sixty-nine ninety-nine for a hundred-thirty-five of those highly sought after red gems. You’ll need them to fire the pipe and unlock more drivers, karts, and gliders. You start with twenty, and you can earn more from Tour Gifts which show up between some of the Cups. If you prefer the five dollars a month, Gold Pass will also help you get more rubies among other cool bonuses. Lastly, you can get rubies by ranking well in some eligible Cups, and since the scores are cumulative, you can race them more than once to get a higher ranking.
3. Multiplayer Mode
If you’re one of the millions of people already playing, then you probably noticed there’s an icon for multiplayer mode. Over the top of that icon is a sign that reads “Inbound.” That means this feature isn’t available… yet. You may have to wait a little while before you can use the multiplayer mode, but they put the option on the screen for a good reason. We don’t yet know if this means you’ll be able to add friends, but we assume so.
4. Unlocking the CCs
This is one of the easiest and most asked about tricks in the whole game. Realistically, there’s not even a ‘trick’ to it. If you want to go up from 50cc races to the 100cc or 150cc races, you have to race and win. Level two unlocks the 100ccs, and level three will get you into the 150cc rounds. If you want the coveted 200cc races, you’ll have to spring for that Gold Pass we just mentioned.
At least until multiplayer mode comes online, the rankings are pretty straightforward. You play against AIs, so no other real people are involved. The higher your tier, the harder the AIs drive. You can unlock rankings after you beat the Yoshi Cup. When the multiplayer mode comes online, this system may change completely, or they may simply add a second rank. If the day-one sales and previous games are any indications, the multiplayer rankings will be intensely challenging to achieve a high rank. For now, you can check where you’re at via the online leader boards.
6. You Need an Account
We were a little surprised to learn that some players didn’t know this: If you want to play Mario Kart Tour on your mobile device, you have to have a Nintendo account to link it to. The game is still free to play with in-app purchases, but it has to be connected.
7. This Ain’t Your Mama’s Mario Kart
If you’re a veteran Mario Kart racer and you expect to waltz into this game and use those skills to whip everyone, then you’re in for a rude awakening. Mario Kart tour is nothing like the handheld or console versions you’re used to. Perhaps the biggest overall difference is that you only need a single finger to play because it’s designed and optimized for mobile players. You’ll swipe and tap to move and fire. Yes, it’s really that simple.
8. Login Daily
Regardless of whether or not you have time to play, you’ll want to log in every day. The login bonuses are worth it and will help you when you do have downtime to enjoy with your kart. You can get coins or even rubies without having to do anything else at all, so it’s a win-win. While you’re at it, you may want to check the shop every day too. The Daily Selects can get you a considerable discount if you’re willing to wait for what you want.
9. Aerial Acrobatics
If you’re struggling to figure out how to get the big points for doing tricks in the air, it’s easier than you think. You need to get a running start at a ramp or otherwise get airborne first of course, but then you just swipe up. That’s it. The whole trick to aerial maneuvers is swiping up once you’re in the sky.
10. If It’s In Your Grill, Hit It
When you look at some of the tracks, it seems like there are some serious obstacles to avoid. For example, not hitting a dinosaur would make perfect sense in any other scenario. Kart Tour is the exact opposite. If it’s in the way, hit it and you may find you get a nice boost to your speed or another beneficial effect.
We’ve been looking forward to the launch of this game since they announced it and we’re pretty satisfied with the way the game plays and handles. Overall, one of the best tricks we know is simply never quitting. Even if you’re sure, you won’t win the race, finish it up anyway for the points since they’re cumulative. Have you found any other great tips or tricks? Share them with us in the comments below.