After the problems of Super Mario Run and the success of Fire Emblem Heroes, it seemed that Nintendo was ready to move away from the games with the free-to-start monetization model. However, that will not happen, since Mario Kart Tour will present this system.
What we mean is that, in a meeting with investors, Isao Moriyasu, the general director of DeNA, confirmed (via Takashi Mochizuki of The Wall Street Journal) that Mario Kart Tour will be a free-to-start. That was the last thing the executive mentioned in the presentation, so he did not elaborate on it.
In case you do not know, free-to-start is a monetization model in which the game is available as a free download; however, to access all of its content it is necessary to pay a fee. As we mentioned, this system was present in Super Mario Run, a game that became one of the most downloaded on the platform, but only a few bought it though.
Mario Kart Tour was announced last week as part of Nintendo’s financial report. So far, the only thing we know about it is that the game will be available before the end of the next fiscal year (between April 1, 2018, and March 31, 2019).
And what do you think about it? Do you think that the best thing is that Mario Kart Tour is a free-to-start or would you prefer a free-to-play? Tell us in the comments below.
DeNA CEO said "Mario Kart Tour," a Nintendo-DeNA smartphone game planned for FY18, will be free-to-start.
— Takashi Mochizuki (@mochi_wsj) February 8, 2018