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Mario Kart Tour's next big update will add "new ways to play multiplayer"

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An upcoming multiplayer update for Mario Kart Tour will add "new ways to play" and see Gold Races scrapped.

Mario Kart Tour has been on the road since 2019, and its next big update is attempting to mix up the multiplayer element of this popular pocket racer. As reported by Nintendo Life (opens in new tab), a post on the official Mario Kart Tour Twitter account (opens in new tab) reveals that the developer is "adding new ways to play multiplayer". What exactly these are is a mystery, but thankfully we won't have to wait long to find out, as the update will be racing onto mobile devices at the end of next month. 

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Another change currently in the works is the removal of Gold Races. Like Standard Races, these let you compete with seven other players from across the globe, but they have different rule sets, and you must be a Gold Pass subscriber to compete. Going forward, Standard Race and Gold Race modes will be combined. "Several other changes" are also in the works, and more details are promised in early September.

Last month, dataminers found a series of hints suggesting Mario Kart Tour could soon be playable on PC by way of officially supported emulation. Fellow Mario-themed racer Mario Kart 8 Deluxe released its latest wave of courses last week. The Wave 2 DLC features the shiny new Sky-High Sundae course as well as New York Minute from Mario Kart Tour, Kalimari Desert from Mario Kart 64, and many more. As we live in the Internet age, nothing can be kept secret for long, and following the latest update, dataminers have found clues as to what tracks could be zooming onto Mario Kart 8 Deluxe in the near future. 

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Anne-Marie Ostler
Freelance Writer

Originally from Ireland, I moved to the UK in 2014 to pursue a Games Journalism and PR degree at Staffordshire University. Following that, I've freelanced for GamesMaster, Games TM, Official PlayStation Magazine and, more recently, Play and GamesRadar+. My love of gaming sprang from successfully defeating that first Goomba in Super Mario Bros on the NES. These days, PlayStation is my jam. When not gaming or writing, I can usually be found scouring the internet for anything Tomb Raider related to add to my out of control memorabilia collection.