Mario Kart Tour – Nintendo’s newest free-to-start mobile game – has begun rolling out on both iOS and Android. With that roll out, one of its approaches to paid content has also become clear – the Gold Pass is a subscription service that costs $4.99 / £4.99 a month (Australian pricing not available at time of writing).

That subscription nets you a series of higher-level rewards (including racers, karts and rubies, an in-game currency) for racing in the game’s tours, access to the game’s 200cc mode, and the ability to earn badges for playing certain challenges. A two-week free trial is available, after which the paid service will automatically kick in.

That subscription sits alongside the gacha-style microtransactions familiar from other Nintendo mobile games – you can buy rubies to fire a warp pipe that offers randomised rewards.

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Source: IGN Video Games All

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