Nintendo have announced the launch of the Ninja Tour in Mario Kart Tour, along with the game’s first original non-real world inspired track.
While most tracks in the game are based on those from prior games, there are also “remixes” of classic tracks from the SNES and Nintendo 64 era. Original tracks have previously been inspired by real-world capital cities; such as New York and Tokyo.
The announcement of the Ninja Tour’s launch across YouTube and Twitter [1, 2, 3] reveals the Ninja Hideaway track. This would make it the first original track for the mobile game not based off a real world location. As such, there is a chance this track may re-appear in later Mario Kart titles; possibly more than those based off real-world locations.
Players scramble around and over a ninja castle under cover of moonlight and among the cherry blossoms, all while avoiding traps within the castle itself. The tour (which will feature three races and a bonus challenge as with other tours) will also feature a new driver, kart, and driver to unlock.
These are Shy Guy (Ninja), the frog-inspired Jade Hop Rod, and a Ninja Scroll glider. It appears players will also have the chance to unlock kimono-wearing Peach and Daisy again, along with golden variants of characters. Each character costume is not just as aesthetic different, as each have their own skill to grant them different weapons.
In addition, Nintendo announced a photo competition. Players can obtain in-game coins by sharing their ninja-inspired photos under the #NinjaHideaway hashtag (until April 16th 7:59 a.m. PT). The coins will be equal to 20 times the number of total posts made, up to 15,000 coins in total.
You can find the Ninja Tour trailer below.
You can find the abridged rundown (via Google Play) below.
■Challenge players worldwide in multiplayer!
You can race against up to seven other players, whether they’re registered as in-game friends, nearby, or scattered around the world.
Multiplayer races can be customized with a variety of rules, such as individual or team races, kart speed, and number of item slots. You can play however you want!
■Mario Kart takes a world tour!
Mario and friends go global in this new Mario Kart as they race around courses inspired by real-world cities in addition to classic Mario Kart courses! These destinations will be featured in tours that rotate every two weeks! In addition to courses based on iconic locales, some of your favourite Mario Kart characters will get variations that incorporate the local flavour of cities featured in the game!
■Endless Mario Kart fun at your fingertips!
The Mario Kart series known and loved by many is ready to take the world by storm – one smart device at a time! With just one finger, you can steer and drift with ease and sling devastating items as you go for the gold in cups filled with new and classic Mario Kart courses.
■Nab 1st place with items and Frenzy mode!
In Mario Kart Tour you have access to an arsenal of powerful items that can mix things up on the racetrack! Turn up the heat by activating the new Frenzy mode, which gives an unlimited supply of a certain item and makes you invincible! Make the most of the ensuing chaos, as Frenzy mode only lasts a short time!
■Collect drivers, karts, badges, and more!
Earn Grand Stars by racing! You can also fire off the featured pipe to receive more drivers, karts, and gliders! You can also proudly display badges, earned by completing certain challenges, next to your in-game name!
■Bonus challenge courses put a twist on traditional races!
In certain races, 1st place isn’t always the goal. With names like “Vs. Mega Bowser” and “Goomba Takedown,” these bonus challenge courses demand a different approach to gameplay and strategy!
■Race to increase your online rank!
Boost with the best of ’em! Your high scores will determine how you compare to other players all over the world. Keep practising and trying out different combinations of drivers, karts, and gliders to increase your score and rise to the top!