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Mario Kart Tour: Six helpful tips and tricks for beginners

Published: 30/Sep/2019 23:25 Updated: 1/Oct/2019 1:47

by Isaac McIntyre

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Nintendo’s Mario Kart has finally made the switch to mobile, and with its release comes plenty of new players trying the kart-racing game for the very first time. Here’s a guide on the best things to remember when diving in.

Mario Kart Tour, released on Android and iOS devices on September 25, has seen Nintendo drop its beloved karting series straight into player’s pockets, after the explosive popularity of portable entries in the franchise on the Gameboy, 3DS, and Switch.

With Tour’s barrier to entry dropping to near-zero with the removal of console requirements, there are plenty of fresh-faced racers aiming to master Mario’s latest adrenaline-fueled adventure. Here are the important things to remember when speeding out onto the track.

NintendoMario Kart Tour released on Android and iOS devices on September 25.

Get the Perfect Start

Like many racing games, including the Switch-based Mario Kart 8, you can get the perfect start by slamming down the accelerator in the middle of the starting countdown. Once the “2” in the countdown appears on screen, tap the screen to get that perfect start.


Drift Everywhere

Drifting is king in the Mario Kart series, granting you small speed boosts at the end if you pull it off right, and getting you around tough corners that might have proved a challenger otherwise. Any time you can drift, have a go, especially if there’s a speed-pad up ahead.

NintendoGetting used to the Mario Kart controls, especially drifting, can win you races.

Get Comfortable with Controls

This applies just as much for racers new to the grid, and returning Mario Kart experts. Knowing exactly how to drive your car can be the difference between a podium finish, and mid-table disappointment, so make sure you’ve picked the best one for you:

  • Manual Drift – Tap the screen on corners to begin drifting. This is the recommended setting for those that have played Mario Kart before, and have mastered the drift.
  • Smart Steering – New to the game, or racing titles in general? Keep this on, for now, and the game will help you on the tight and tricky corners. Once you’ve got a feel for the tracks, switch it off and take full control.
  • Auto-Item – If you don’t want to worry about items just yet, keep this on. This setting will automatically send whatever you grab from the mystery box, whether it be a deadly blue shell, a slippery banana, or just a speed boost, firing off into the distance.
  • Gyro-Handling – This setting allows control of your kart through the tilting of the mobile phone. It’s the premier choice of control for many handheld titles, and may bring a new level of fun to the Mario Kart series if it catches on.

NintendoMario Kart Tour’s mobile release has been one of the biggest in history.

Items Can Win Races

If you’ve braved turning the auto-item feature above off, then you’re ready to start smashing people with red shells and bob-ombs. Items are perhaps the best catch-up mechanic Mario Kart has to offer, often dragging you from dead-last to right behind the leader if you’re lucky with what you pick up.

Once you’ve settled into the racing elements, begin thinking about items. If you use them straight away, you may miss a window of opportunity later on. Maybe you’re in second place, and first is just one corner ahead. If you still had a red shell, you could knock them out and fly past into a gold medal finish. You never know when they’ll come in handy.

Logging-in Earns Coins

Due to Tour’s free-to-play model, many of the items are locked behind coin-based pay schemes. Nintendo’s racing title gives you chances to earn coins through races, or through daily log-in gifts. Make sure, even if you don’t race, you drop by for these little coin boosts.

Save Your Battery

Mario Kart Tour, like any major game release on the mobile, is a battery-hungry beast. Make sure you turn your power-saving mode on when you’re loading up the racing game, or else risk having your phone turn off right before you cross the finish line for that dream first place.

If you make sure you keep these tips and tricks in mind, you’ll be clocking in regular first-place finishes before you know it. There’s bound to be plenty of competitors on the track too, after Tour soared to No.1 in iPhone downloads in just seven days. 

The title has the possibility to be a behemoth too, after surpassing globally popular handheld games like Pokemon GO, Clash Royale, and Fortnite’s mobile version in day-one metrics. According to data-tracking site Apptopia, it had 10.1 million first-day downloads.

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Blizzard changes Overwatch Priority Pass again to stop system abuse

Published: 16/Jan/2021 2:04

by Andrew Amos

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Blizzard has implemented more changes to their Overwatch Priority Pass program to stop players from abusing the system to get their preferred role more often.

The Priority Pass system in Overwatch has been a successful addition so far. Giving players the option to jump the queue for high-traffic roles by sacrificing a few games has helped tackle the game’s long queue times.

However, it hasn’t been without its flaws. Game quality has been pulled into question, with people playing off-role for these passes. Also, people have been abusing the current system to just stack passes quickly by intentionally losing.

The Priority Pass system in Overwatch
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Priority Passes have been a hit with Overwatch players, but it’s not perfect.

Blizzard are looking to crack down on the latter issue with their latest changes to Priority Pass on January 15.

“Our data indicates that the Priority Pass is functioning as intended, generally providing shorter queue times for those who use them. The goal of the Priority Pass is to improve player experience and get players into matches quicker,” community manager Josh Nash told players.

“In the same vein, we don’t want this feature to have a negative impact on the quality of matches for yourself or others. We want to do our part to discourage players from intentionally losing and ruining matches for the sake of earning priority passes.”

If you lose a match while playing for passes, you’ll only gain one pass instead of two. This will stop players from just inting their games for the ticket.

Blizzard are also refunding passes to players if they queued up for a role using Priority Pass, but then had to wait longer than the estimated time for it.

Oni Genji Overwatch skin
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These changes mean you won’t burn through your passes as quickly.

These changes are active immediately, so you can make use of them straight away. Blizzard are continuing to tweak the system as time goes on, and are “ looking into how we can better communicate when you are rewarded passes after playing a match.”