Everyone's Least Favourite Mario Kart Has Revealed Its Giant Profits
Mario Kart as a series may still be a spin-off, but that hasn't stopped it from becoming one of the most lucrative game series in the world.
Mario fans and haters alike can bond over the fact that his foray into competitive racing has been a huge success that's immeasurably fun to play, with the latest full-price entry Mario Kart 8 Deluxe being one of the Switch's best-selling games by a wide margin. The series has bested the gaming industry, and we can offer it only applause.
But, its foray into the mobile world was met with disdain - and yet, it hasn't made a difference. Because it's making bank.
Mario Kart Tour Has Revealed Its Whopping Profits
Nobody's favourite Mario Kart title, the infamous mobile game Mario Kart Tour, has just been revealed to be an incredible money mill.
A new report from GamesIndustry.biz has revealed that the profits for the game have only increased since the last report in April 2021. We once knew that the strange twist on the series' formula had made $200 million with over 200 million downloads, and now the game has been reported to have generated an estimated $293 million for Nintendo. Phwoar.
Why Do Players Hate Mario Kart Tour?
The communities around Nintendo have all decried the game, which casts the formula of the Mario Kart series aside in favour of an overly-simplistic driving mechanic and a setup that boasts microtransactions that many feel isn't in keeping with Nintendo's ethos.
We saw the same microtransactions plague Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, and even that made huge bucks for the company. The practices may seem pretty shady, but Nintendo's attempts to crack the mobile market have always come with a lot of in-app purchases.
It may have been a massive disappointment to long term fans of the series, but as has been made clear by this report, Mario Kart Tour is still a massively lucrative game, and has no reason to slow down. Sorry, everyone.