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Mario Kart Tour reportedly made nearly $300 million in sales since launch

Following Nintendo’s decision to remove the gacha system in Mario Kart Tourthe game is said to have already reached nearly $300 million in revenue.

To be exact, the game has reportedly grossed as much as $293 million since its launch in 2019, according to Sensor Tower.

With Mario Kart Tour being a free-to-play game, all of its revenue comes from its gacha system, where players spend real money to buy resources (Rubies) which can be used to buy “pipes”. These pipes can then unlock a new driver, kart, and glider, with the 100th pipe guaranteeing a limited-time driver. Additionally, the game’s Gold Pass monthly subscription contributed to the game’s sales, priced at $4.99.

This follows Nintendo’s confirmation last week that the gacha system is being used in Mario Kart Tour will be removed this month. It will be replaced by the new “Spotlight Shop”, where players can directly purchase desired pilots and items using Rubies and no longer need to purchase pipes.

“Here’s a preview of the #MarioKartTour update coming in late September,” Nintendo said in a tweet. “Battle Mode will be added, along with a Spotlight Shop, where you can exchange Rubies for Drivers, Karts, and Gliders! Additionally, the pipes you can fire using Rubies will be removed. See notification for More details.

Mario Kart Tour was released in 2019 for Android and iOS platforms, featuring some of the most popular characters from the Mario franchise as runners, such as Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and more.