When Mario Kart Tour was initially launched back in September 2019, it was missing a key feature: the multiplayer racing mode. Though the following updates added the multiplayer racing component, players needed a monthly $5 Gold Pass subscription to enjoy it.
However, Nintendo has just announced that the multiplayer racing element is now available for all Mario Kart Tour fans on both Android and iOS platforms. The second beta multiplayer test is already running. The beta test will end at midnight ET on January 28th.
From now on, Mario Kart Tour players will be able to race both against their friends and real players from around the world. And the best part is they won’t need a Gold Pass to do so.
The second multiplayer test is here! This time around, all players, including #MarioKartTour Gold Pass subscribers, can participate. Race your friends by tapping Menu, and then Multiplayer in-game. pic.twitter.com/IYqKWNmIue
— Mario Kart Tour (@mariokarttourEN) January 23, 2020
If you want to join the multiplayer racing beta test, you should keep in mind that the purpose of beta tests is to detect bugs so that developers can fix them before the game is officially released. With that in mind, Nintendo warns participants that their progress in the multiplayer mode during testing won’t be transferred to the game’s full version. What’s more, there will be multiplayer specifications that might differ when the game will be fully released. If you get to notice any bug, make sure to report it!
The multiplayer mode allows players to race against random online racers and even use their device location to compete against nearby friends. If you prefer, you can create your own lobby and invite friends and other random online players. The new multiplayer racing mode will be available for free to any player who has won at least one cup.