Nintendo has announced that applicants can now apply to be a part of Mario Kart Tour's closed beta.
Nintendo’s mobile gaming endeavors seem to have slowed down since the release of Dragalia Lost, with a few games still in development that have yet to have had any gameplay footage revealed to the public. One game that we know almost nothing about it is Mario Kart Tour, which is due to be released this summer.
Nintendo has finally released more information about Mario Kart Tour, which now has a release date for its closed beta that fans can apply to take part in on the game's official website.
The beta for Mario Kart Tour is currently only accepting applicants from Japan and North America and the only supported devices are Android phones. The application process is open now and will run until May 7, 2019. The actual beta will take place from May 22 to June 4, 2019.
Nintendo has kept Mario Kart Tour under wraps since it was first announced, with many fans wondering how a Mario Kart game would even work on a smartphone. Some believe that you will have to tilt the screen as if it were a steering wheel, while others theorize that the game will have a top-down perspective similar to the Micro Machines games. However, these rumors are unconfirmed.
Nintendo has had incredible success with its smartphone outings, with games like Fire Emblem Heroes bringing in millions of dollars worth of revenue and Pokémon GO becoming a cultural phenomenon.
Mario Kart Tour isn't the only upcoming Nintendo smartphone game, as Dr. Mario World is also expected to be released this summer. A Dr. Mario game seems like a much better fit for a smartphone than Mario Kart, but it makes sense for Nintendo to at least make the attempt, as the Mario Kart series is one of its biggest earners. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is currently the best-selling game on the Nintendo Switch, even though it's a port of a Wii U game.
Those who wish to take part in the beta for Mario Kart Tour can apply now if they live in Japan or North America. The application process closes on May 7, 2019.