Announced many months ago, Mario Kart Tour is the latest mobile game from Nintendo, and the first Mario Kart entry on smart devices. And the thing is, we still haven’t seen what the game is like, since Nintendo haven’t shared a single screenshot (let alone an actual trailer), or even any details about the game. Fortunately, it looks like it will change pretty soon, as a closed beta is kicking off next month, on Android devices.
Starting today, players on Android in Japan and the United States can take register for the upcoming closed beta, which will take place from May 22nd to June 4th. It’s not clear whether that means the full game will indeed launch in June, but it’s certainly a sign that the game is on track for a Summer release as planned (no further delay).
Registration for the closed beta runs until May 7th. As expected, Nintendo will only accept a limited number of applications, and if the number of registrations exceed that number, then you will not be guaranteed a spot in the beta as participants will be selected randomly. Chosen participants will be contacted by Nintendo on May 19th.
To register for the closed beta, you have to scan the QR code found on the official website.
As expected, thise closed beta is there for the developers to improve the game ahead of the full release this Summer. Some features will not be available, including in-game purchases. It’s also not clear whether users will be able to transfer anything to the final version, but it’s rarely the case with those closed betas anyway.
Here’s some additional details:
- requires device with Android 4.4 or later, with at least 1.5GB of RAM (Android Q and Android tablets not supported)
- your Nintendo Account must be linked to a Gmail address (the same as the one you use on your Android device)
- the beta client can only be downloaded from Google Play
- there will be a survey after the Closed Beta has ended
- sharing videos or even screenshots of the game is prohibited
Mario Kart Tour (Android / iOS) comes out this Summer worldwide.