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Yoshi stars in Mario Kart Tour’s latest egg-citing event

A shellacious tour

Get ready for an egg-cellent time with the Mario Kart Tour game’s next limited-time event, happening now: the Yoshi Tour! Collect Grand Stars and see if you can complete all the cups.

The Mario Kart Tour game is for everyone, newcomers and veterans alike. Check it out to join the race today!

Event duration: Until April 21, 2020 at 10:59 p.m. PT

Login bonus duration: Until April 21, 2020 at 10:59 p.m. PT

Tour overview

Week 1: Yoshi is in the spotlight

In the first week of the Yoshi Tour, you can find Yoshi (Egg Hunt), the Bright Bunny kart, and the Bright glider in the spotlight.

Yoshi (Egg Hunt)’s special item is Yoshi’s Egg. It might be eggs-actly what you need to roll past the competition!

The favored courses for this driver will include the second course of every cup for the duration of the Yoshi Tour. This should help you on your hunt for new point records.

Week 2: Birdo galore in the spotlight

In the second week of the Yoshi Tour, the spotlight shines bright on Birdo! Find Birdo, Birdo (Light Blue), Birdo (Yellow), Turbo Birdo, Light-Blue Turbo Birdo, and Blizzard and Yellow Turbo Birdo in the spotlight.

Their special item is Birdo’s Egg—the competition will just dye.

The favored courses for these drivers will include the third course of every cup for the duration of the Yoshi Tour. See if you can reach new point records!

Tour gifts

The included Tour gifts this time are Parachute, Birthday Girl, and Baby Daisy. If you have a Mario Kart Tour Gold Pass subscription and earn enough Grand Stars, you will also receive Red Yoshi, the Red Turbo Yoshi kart, and the Olipaper Umbrella glider as Tour gifts.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons sales in Japan surpass Mario Kart 8 Deluxe's Japanese total in less than 3 weeks

Racing ahead

Animal Crossing: New Horizons was once again number 1 for the Japanese software charts this week, adding another 423,367 units sold. That puts the game at just over 3 million in less than 3 weeks. That's a seriously impressive total, but there's another tidbit that puts the game's success into clearer perspective.

Since launching for the Switch, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has sold roughly 2.8 million units. That game hit Switch all the way back in April of 2017. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is still selling strong years later, but it pales in comparison to what Animal Crossing: New Horizons has done. Sure, MK8D is a port of Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U, but Animal Crossing: New Horizons' 3-week achievement is still super impressive in comparison.

Mario Kart Tour - Yoshi Tour footage

The Yoshi Tour is now live in Mario Kart Tour! Check out what Yoshi has to offer in the gameplay above.

Mario Kart Tour - content update for April 8th, 2020

[Tours] The 15th Tour, the Yoshi Tour, is now live. (available until April 22nd)

[Pipe] The 1st Yoshi Pipe is now available. It features the following: Yoshi (Egg Hunt), Bright Bunny, and Bright Glider (available until April 22nd)

[Store] The following Packs are now available in the Store: Value Pack, Bright Glider Pack, and Egg 1 Pack (available until April 15th)

[Issues] The issue impacting Hammer Bro., preventing players from getting the Hammer special skill from item boxes, has been fixed (no end date)

Mario Kart Tour "Yoshi Tour" now live, launch trailer shared

It's Yoshi's time to shine

Mario Kart Tour has been updated with the Yoshi Tour, which runs from today until April 21st, 2020. This tour features newly added courses and challenges.

Introducing the Nintendo UK VS Cup in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Hop back into the driver's seat

Introducing the Nintendo UK VS Cup in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe!

We’ll be racing online* on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, and we’d love for you to join us! To join the action, simply select Online Play* from the main menu of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and then select Tournament. Then enter the relevant code and join the races.

Tuesdays

On Tuesdays the action takes place between 10:00 BST and 16:00 BST. The code you’ll need to enter is 1550-5316-8171

Thursdays

On Thursdays the action takes place between 14:00 BST and 20:00 BST. The code you’ll need to enter is 3910-9450-7051

Saturdays

On Saturdays the action takes place between 10:00 BST and 16:00 BST. The code you’ll need to enter is: 1374-2300-1131

Sundays

On Sundays the action takes place between 14:00 BST and 20:00 BST. The code you’ll need to enter is: 2845-2563-1019

If you’re joining the action, be sure to tweet a video clip from one of your races, including the following hashtags, depending on the day you’re entering for a chance to win £10 Nintendo eShop credit!

Tuesday: #MarioKartUKTues

Thursday: #MarioKartUKThurs

Saturday: #MarioKartUKSat

Sunday: #MarioKartUKSun

Check out full details here

'Yoshi Tour' being added to Mario Kart Tour on April 8th, 2020

Yoshi's coming in hot

Nintendo has announced that Mario Kart Tour is getting updated on April 8th, 2020 with the 'Yoshi Tour.' As with other tours, this will include new tracks and challenges. It's likely there will be some alternate characters as well, but that remains to be seen.

Mario Kart Tour - content update for April 1st, 2020

[Tours] Part 2 of the 14th Tour, the Hammer Bros. Tour, is now live (available until April 8th)

[Pipe] The 2nd Hammer Bros. Pipe is now available. It features the following: Fire Bro, Ice Bro, and Blizzard Balloons (available until April 8th)

[Store] The following Packs are now available in the Store: Value Pack, Dry Bowser Pack, and Dark Clown Pack (available until April 8th)

[Issues] Another issue is currently impacting the game: When using Hammer Bro., players do not receive the Hammer special skill from item boxes. We have confirmed that players will receive the Hammer special skill during Frenzy mode (added on April 1st)

It’s a Hammer Bros. bonanza in Mario Kart Tour

Watch where you're driving, bro!

The Mario Kart Tour game’s next limited-time event is here: the Hammer Bros. Tour! Collect Grand Stars and see if you can complete all the cups.

The Mario Kart Tour game is for everyone, newcomers and veterans alike. Check it out to join the race today!

Event duration: Until April 7, 2020 at 10:59 p.m. PT

Login bonus duration: Until April 7, 2020 at 10:59 p.m. PT

Tour overview

Week 1: Hammer Bros. are in the spotlight

In the first week of the Hammer Bros. Tour, you can find Hammer Bros., Boomerang Bros., and the Rainy Balloons glider in the spotlight.

Hammer Bros.’ special item is the Hammer. Great for helping nail down first place.

Boomerang Bros.’ special item is the Boomerang Flower. Give it a good chuck!

The favored courses for these drivers will include the second course of every cup for the duration of the Hammer Bros. Tour. This should help you hammer out some new point records.

Week 2: Fire Bro and Ice Bro

In the second week of the Hammer Bros. Tour, you can look for Fire Bro, Ice Bro, and the Blizzard Balloons glider in the spotlight.

Fire Bro’s special item is the Fire Flower. Perfect for heating up the competition!

Ice Bro’s special item is the Ice Flower. You can use it to chill your way to the front of the pack.

The favored courses for these drivers will include the third course of every cup for the duration of the Hammer Bros. Tour. See if you can reach new point records!

Tour gifts

The included Tour gifts this time are Morton, the Piranha Plant Parafoil, and Cheep Charger kart. If you have a Mario Kart Tour Gold Pass subscription and earn enough Grand Stars, you will also receive Fire Bro, Boomerang Bro, the Bull’s-Eye Banzai kart, and the Peach Hanafuda glider as Tour gifts.

About Mario Kart Tour

In the free-to-start Mario Kart Tour game, players can put the pedal to the metal in courses inspired by real-world locations as well as Mario Kart series favorites. Put powerful items to use as you tear up the track and go for a high score in endless racing fun. Collect and upgrade a variety of drivers, karts, and gliders to find the combo that will lead you to victory!

City courses, special in-game event courses inspired by real-world locations, will be available during specific time periods and take place every two weeks.

WWE NXT/XFL analyst Pat McAfee offers play-by-play commentary for a Mario Kart 64 office tournament

Pat McAfee, who has worked for WWE's NXT brand and the XFL, is putting on a special Mario Kart 64 tournament with his office buddies while being hunkered down during the pandemic. In the video above, you can see McAfee putting his play-by-play skills to work by providing color commentary for the tournament. McAfee is always fun to listen to when he's in the announcer's booth, and he definitely adds his unique style to this Mario Kart 64 tournament!

Thanks to Gybones for the heads up!

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