Mario Kart Tour is removing its gacha whistle, ending its most controversial feature.
Gacha mechanics are a popular form of lootbox-like drops in mobile games, and Mario Kart Tour offered them in the form of the pipe. The pipe feature previously allowed players to receive random drivers, karts, and gliders by paying for rubies in in-game currency. Similar to the old gachapon machines, it would give players a completely random item. While it didn’t allow duplicates, it still meant that a certain element of luck was required to get the karts or drivers you wanted. Worse, it could cost players hundreds of dollars when picking up certain time-limited drivers.
Now the game is replacing the pipe with a new Spotlight Shop with a rotating inventory that allows players to purchase drivers, karts, and gliders without having to resort to sheer luck to get the ones they want.
“We will be adding a Spotlight shop where you can exchange rubies for drivers, karts and gliders featured in tours,” reads an in-game notification (via VGC). “New drivers, karts and gliders, as well as drivers, karts and gliders that have appeared in the past, will be available.”
According to the in-game notification, the whistle that you can currently fire with rubies will be completely removed from the game. The new Spotlight shop will begin tours starting after October 4, 2022. While it could still be expensive, it’s certainly a fairer way for players to pay for their items.
In addition to the new Spotlight Shop, Mario Kart Tour is also adding a brand new battle mode that allows players to compete against other players and is available in single player and multiplayer.
Similar to other Mario Kart Battle modes, each player begins with a series of balloons attached to their kart with the goal of popping their opponents’ balloons while saving their own.
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Mario Kart Tour launched back in September 2019 and has seen a large number of drivers and karts in the game – over 190 drivers, 240 karts and 170 gliders have been made available so far, many of them as an exclusive gacha pipe. Now it looks like players will get a chance to catch up on missed ones via the Spotlight Shop.
Mario Kart Tour has also offered many new courses, many of which go to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe in the Booster Course Pass DLC. Want to read more about Mario Kart? Check out what’s coming in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass Wave 2 and how Coconut Mall got a new update.
Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. you can follow him Twitter.
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