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NesClassic Meh-meh!? from Flyover Country Relationship Status: watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
Meh-meh!?
May 22nd 2019 at 6:51:18 AM

From what I've seen so far on ResetEra all the characters so far have been from 8 Deluxe and the kart parts are from both 7 and 8.

Apparently, depending on the course, certain characters can get up to three held items at a time. And after the tutorial cup you're always up against human opponents afterwards, rather than CPU racers.

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strawberryflavored Espeon GX from Virginia Relationship Status: Maxing my social links
Espeon GX
May 22nd 2019 at 7:02:37 AM

I think even if the gacha aspect was changed...the game just doesn't look very fun. It looks like playing Mario Kart on permanent 50cc

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NesClassic Meh-meh!? from Flyover Country Relationship Status: watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
Meh-meh!?
May 22nd 2019 at 7:37:22 AM

The beta is running on 50cc, for what it's worth.

The higher speed classes aren't available yet but people are saying there's options for up to 200cc.

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Zelenal The Cat Knows Where It's At from Purrgatory Relationship Status: Maxing my social links
The Cat Knows Where It's At
May 22nd 2019 at 7:41:02 AM

I'm still waiting on that second email from Nintendo.

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Sterok Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
May 22nd 2019 at 8:30:58 AM

Summer Rosalina and Bridal Bowser are gonna be interesting.

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May 22nd 2019 at 9:01:28 AM

Well, they tried to make a premium one-time pay mobile game in Mario Run, but that didn't quite work out so here we are I guess. Sounds typical as mobile games go.

Edited by edvedd on May 22nd 2019 at 9:01:43 AM

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Jaryl from Austria Relationship Status: You cannot grasp the true form
May 22nd 2019 at 9:25:43 AM

and didn't Mario Run also cost just, like, 10 bucks? Yet people still caused a ruckus, so that's probably telling a lot about the mobile game audience?

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The Cat Knows Where It's At
May 22nd 2019 at 10:07:03 AM

Well, I played through the first cup.

It's okay. The controls are a little wonky (I switched to motion controls since I felt that they worked a bit better than touch but motion controls in portrait mode feel weird) and the game was a bit laggy at times. I see no reason to play it over Mario Kart 8 Delux, however.

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Think of the mooks!
May 22nd 2019 at 1:28:26 PM

The lack of local play options (at least what I've found so far in the beta) is the biggest disappointment.

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Completely trustworthy
May 23rd 2019 at 9:05:25 PM

...how....is that possible....?

....why....why...?

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Steven The Nu Mou Enthusiast from The Room Relationship Status: YOU'RE TEARING ME APART LISA
The Nu Mou Enthusiast
May 23rd 2019 at 9:11:21 PM

That's it, I quit Mario Kart.

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Zelenal The Cat Knows Where It's At from Purrgatory Relationship Status: Maxing my social links
The Cat Knows Where It's At
May 23rd 2019 at 11:14:35 PM

For the record, that's called a Frenzy and it happens when you get three of the same item at the same time which is only possible if you use the right cart on the right course on the right day. It lets you infinitely use that item for a limited time (exact time varies based on cart/track/day).

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S.M.
May 24th 2019 at 1:40:22 AM

That person was very lucky...

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Edited by randomness4 on May 24th 2019 at 1:40:32 AM

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Steven The Nu Mou Enthusiast from The Room Relationship Status: YOU'RE TEARING ME APART LISA
The Nu Mou Enthusiast
May 24th 2019 at 5:06:39 AM

That's Final Fantasy XI levels of RNG

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32_Footsteps Think of the mooks! from Just north of Arkham Relationship Status: THIS CONCEPT OF 'WUV' CONFUSES AND INFURIATES US!
Think of the mooks!
May 24th 2019 at 10:04:58 AM

That's almost an "I win" level of Frenzy (which also activates invincibility and its usual Mario Kart advantages). Geez, almost all of my Frenzies are banana peels or mushrooms (there was that awesome time I got Frenzy with coins, though... that pushed me way closer to buying a Poltergust). Also, for the record, you wouldn't get quintuple blue shells... you get unlimited blue shells (well, unlimited of whatever your Frenzy item is) for the duration.

Also, item slots are determined by character, not by kart. The basics are that character determines how many item slots you get in a given race and what unique item you get (Mario and Luigi, for example, get a Fire Flower which fires a spread shot, while Koopa Troopa and Iggy Koopa get Triple Green Shells). Karts determine top speed for a course (with certain karts getting extra bonuses on "home courses") and what kind of movement type you get a bonus for (the ones I see most often are mini-turbo boosts and slipstream boosts). Gliders give boosts to certain item draws and favored gliders let you start a race with an item (fucking Cloud Glider lets you start with a freaking Lightning Bolt on its favored stages!). Each of those can be leveled to get greater bonuses, although I personally only have leveled one kart and one glider (the former giving me extra coins when I pull off its movement bonus, the latter speeding up the item roulette on its favored stages).

I've gotten to the official "throttling" section of the unlocks, as it's a slog to get a high enough rating to get enough stars to unlock the next cup (which, for me, is Yoshi Cup). It's not even a "git gud" issue, because I can regularly win against my opponents, but there are several courses where I just don't have the right character, kart, and/or glider for the big bonuses (particularly important for characters - even at level 1, they give double rating points for use on favored courses), so I'm stuck grinding rating for characters to push them to the point that I can get a good rating on them (my particular bugbear is GBA Bowser Castle 1 in Bowser Cup - I've gotten first on it a few times and still can only get a 3-star rating, because I just don't have the big boosts to doing it).

Oh, also, the rating bonus increase from going from 100 cc to 150 cc is comically small. The difference between winning a 50 cc race and a 100 cc race is 1000 points - roughly the difference between star ratings for a course. On the other hand, the difference between winning a 100 cc race and a 150 cc race varies between 10 and 100 points - about the only reason to do the latter is because grinding rating points for your stuff is slightly faster there.

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Zelenal The Cat Knows Where It's At from Purrgatory Relationship Status: Maxing my social links
The Cat Knows Where It's At
May 24th 2019 at 10:08:08 AM

I still see no reason to play it over MK8D.

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32_Footsteps Think of the mooks! from Just north of Arkham Relationship Status: THIS CONCEPT OF 'WUV' CONFUSES AND INFURIATES US!
Think of the mooks!
May 24th 2019 at 10:37:01 AM

I mean, it's totally a "get what you paid for" experience. It's fun for a Freemium game. But yeah, if you're spending money, just get 8 Deluxe.

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Sterok Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
May 24th 2019 at 11:08:37 AM

I've heard that Tour is more of a Score Attack game, which helps differentiate it from the main games. Haven't played it, so I don't know if that works in practice, but it's something different.

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Zelenal The Cat Knows Where It's At from Purrgatory Relationship Status: Maxing my social links
The Cat Knows Where It's At
May 24th 2019 at 12:52:15 PM

It kinda is but this is a gacha game so your score's going to be limited by what you pull.

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May 24th 2019 at 1:04:40 PM

It occurs to me that unlike Fire Emblem Heroes, which has a ton of PVE that is easy enough to clear as ftp, or Dragalia Lost, which is only PVE, and (at least now, if not in the beginning) is quite generous with premium currency, Mario Kart Tour is going to be really bad with monetization. It's not even got Power Creep built into its design, it's a Gotta Catch 'Em All gacha model. Combine that with the only way to get premium currency past a certain threshhold being to score high enough to earn stars, and the only way to score high enough to earn stars in the later courses seems to be summoning characters with high bonus points using the premium currency and... yikes.

Edited by ShinyCottonCandy on May 24th 2019 at 4:05:06 AM

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32_Footsteps Think of the mooks! from Just north of Arkham Relationship Status: THIS CONCEPT OF 'WUV' CONFUSES AND INFURIATES US!
Think of the mooks!
May 24th 2019 at 2:30:16 PM

I mean, *in theory* you could grind the ratings scores for your drivers/karts/gliders up to the point that you can easily hit the thresholds for stars, thus avoiding microtransactions. That said, it's a slog and a half (it takes me now about 10-15 victories to raise the rating bonus of my highest rated for each).

One *slight* alleviation is that parts and gliders can also be bought with coins (which means that you can buff their levels to improve their bonuses), with the caveat that those cost 1k-2k coins, and my best haul outside of coin rush was around 30. (If you try this, pick someone with the Boomerang special, since that collects coins when used. It helps that Baby Mario, who has this, is a prize for enough stars collected).

I'm gonna FTP this just to see how reasonable it is (which is to say, probably not).

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Pichu-kun ...
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Jul 15th 2019 at 6:05:59 AM

The Star Cup in Super Mario Kart is surprisingly hard. I've been stuck on it on-and-off for months. I just got my first Gold only yesterday.

Edited by Pichu-kun on Jul 15th 2019 at 10:44:05 AM

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The Nu Mou Enthusiast
Jul 15th 2019 at 6:55:15 AM

You'll love the Special cup then.

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