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Mario Kart Tour's "Ice Tour" is heating up!

So cool it's hot!

Get ready for heated wintertime racing in the Mario Kart Tour game in its next limited-time event: the Ice 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 Jan. 28, 2020 at 9:59 p.m. PT

Login bonus duration: Until Jan. 28, 2020 at 9:59 p.m. PT

Tour overview

Week 1: Peach (Wintertime) steps into the spotlight

In the first week of the Ice Tour, Peach (Wintertime), Gilded Prancer kart, and Blizzard Parasol glider are in the spotlight! This combination is perfect for those chilly winter days.

Peach (Wintertime)'s special item is the Dash Ring—a very cool way to pull ahead.

The favored courses for Peach (Wintertime) will include the second course of every cup for the duration of the Ice Tour. This should help you smash some point records!

Week 2: Penguin Luigi waddles into the spotlight

In the second week of the Ice Tour, Penguin Luigi, Ice-blue Poltergust kart, and Blizzard Balloons glider are in the spotlight! Stay warm out there as you tear up the track.

Penguin Luigi's special item is the Ice Flower—great for freezing the competition in its tracks.

Stay frosty and try to melt your old point records!

Featured course

Speed and drift around—or through—happy little snowmen across the snowy tundra of the N64 Frappe Snowland course!

Tour gifts

The included Tour gift this time is Shy Guy. If you're subscribed to the Gold Pass, then you also have a chance to get the Gold Swooper glider as a Tour gift.

Join the Mario Kart North American Online Open tournament and you could win My Nintendo Gold Points

Let's see how good you are!

Get ready to put the pedal to the metal! Owners of the Mario Kart™ 8 Deluxe game from across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico will have a chance to compete in this in-game* event from Jan. 17 – 19.

Players can take part in up to 24 races each day and will be scored based on their in-game ranking in each race. At the end of each day, the top eight individuals with the highest accumulated scores will receive 2,500 My Nintendo Gold Points!

Join the tournament on Jan. 17 – 19 from 12 p.m. PT to 6 p.m. PT by selecting Online Play**, picking Tournaments, and then click on Search by Code. Once there, you can enter the day's tournament code:

1/17/2020: 0799-6132-1003
1/18/2020: 2403-5150-5963
1/19/2020: 1453-2535-4539

Voilà! You’re ready for the starting line!

Scores reset at the end of each day, so, if you don’t win the first day, try again! But please remember, a single player may only claim one prize. If that same player happens to land in the top eight during the remainder of the event, they won’t get another prize. Instead, the next eligible player on the leaderboard will get the prize. This way, everyone has a shot!

We hope you’ll be able to join in. Good luck, everyone!

Mario Kart Tour "Ice Tour" trailer

Ice to see you

The Mario Kart Tour 'Ice Tour' is now upon us! Hop into the game to check out Peach (Wintertime), Penguin Luigi, and Ice Mario. You can also pick up the Gilded Prancer, and Blizzard Parasol kart items, and the featured tour gift is a Shy Guy with Gold Swooper for Gold Pass subscribers. Finally, this week’s ranked cup is the Rosalina Cup.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe tournament ends with a last-minute green shell shocker

Shell-shocked!

The Saturday Night Speedway Tournament semifinals were a blast, but one race in particular had an absolute nail-biter of a finish. In the clip above, you see Knives_x in a tiebreaker with Tacocat. Knives_x is racing as Toad, and Tacocat is playing as Dry Bowser.

In the final moments of the race, Knives_X was in the lead for most of the time, but Dry Bowser ended up squeaking by with mere feet left to the finish line. Thankfully Knives_X had a green shell, and with perfect placement and a lot of luck, Knives_X manages to zip back into first while Dry Bowser is flailing from the hit. That win secured Knives_X a spot in the finals, and served up Tacocat an absolutely brutal defeat.

In a quick interview with Kotaku, Knives_X looks back on the moment she secured the win.

“I was in fight or flight at that moment so I think it was all due to reflex. The moment I crossed the finish line I looked at the [technical official] behind me to confirm if that really happened.”

Mario Kart Tour teases two characters and a retro track for the Ice Tour

Icy conditions ahead

Mario Kart Tour players can get ready for the Ice Tour, which kicks off Jan. 14th, 2020. The Ice Tour will bring us at least two more characters, which certainly look like Penguin Luigi, alongside Pea coat Peach from Super Mario Odyssey

We also know that the tour will bring us some new tracks, which means that old favorites could be getting spruced up. The background of the image above certainly looks like Frappe Snowland, which made its debut back in Mario Kart 64. I guess we'll find out for sure next week!

Mario Kart Tour - content update for Jan. 8th, 2020

[Tours] Part 2 of the 8th Tour, the New Year Tour, is now live. The featured Tour Gifts are Iggy (everyone) and Gold Koopa (Freerunning) (Gold Pass), and more. (available until January 15th)

[Pipe] The 2nd New Year Pipe is now available. It features the following: Toad (Party Time) (Driver), Glam Bruiser (Kart), and Fireworks Parachute (Glider). Also, drivers, karts, and gliders from 2019 get a booster appearance rate (available until January 15th)

[Store] The following Packs are now available in the Store

King Boo Pack: Rubies x45, King Boo, driver points-boos ticket (available until January 15th)
Crimson Crane Pack: 90 rubies, Red Yoshi, Red Turbo Yoshi (available until January 15th)

Mario Kart Tour’s latest event rings in the New Year

It all kicks off next week!

Happy 2020! To celebrate, the Mario Kart Tour game’s next limited-time event is the New Year’s Tour! Collect Grand Stars and see if you can complete all the cups.

What's more, the drivers, karts, and gliders that made 2019 such a year to remember are back in the pipe at a boosted appearance rate.

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

Event duration: Until Jan. 14, 2020 at 10:59 p.m. PT

Login bonus duration: Until Jan. 14, 2020 at 10:59 p.m. PT

Tour overview

Week 1: Mario (Happi) steps into the spotlight

In the first week of the New Year’s Tour, Mario (Happi), Quickshaw, and New Year's Kite are in the spotlight. Mario (Happi)'s special item is the Bob-omb Cannon. It's your very own on-demand fireworks show!

During the New Year’s Tour, the favored courses for Mario (Happi) include the second course of every cup. This should help you smash some point records!

Week 2: Boogie down with Toad (Party Time) in the spotlight

In the second week of the New Year’s Tour, Toad (Party Time), Glam Bruiser, and Fireworks Parachute are in the spotlight.

Event course

Drift, jump, and zip across the streets of Tokyo in the featured course Tokyo Blur 2.

Get Iggy with it

The included Tour gift this time is Iggy. If you're subscribed to the Gold Pass, then you also have a chance to get Gold Koopa (Freerunning) as a Tour gift.

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.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Switch bundle heading to Hong Kong and Taiwan

The first bundle of the new year

Nintendo has confirmed that the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Switch bundle is going to see release in both Hong Kong and Taiwan. The bundle includes a Neon Blue/Neon Red Switch and physical copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. The bundle is set to launch on January 10th, 2020 for the equivalent of $310.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe 'North American Online Open' kicks off Jan. 17th, 2020

On your marks

Think you're the hottest thing on 4 (or 2) wheels? It's almost time to put up or shut up! Nintendo is hosting a Mario Kart 8 Deluxe 'North America Online Open' from Jan. 17th to 19th, 2020, and it's the perfect opportunity to show off your skills. Check out full details on the event below.

Start your engines and race into the new year during the Mario Kart North American Open for a chance to win 2,500 My Nintendo Gold Points! Fire up your Nintendo Switch system from January 17th to January 19th each day from 12PM PT to 6PM PT, and make your way up the leaderboard (max 24 races). At the end of each day, the racers with the top 8 point totals will be eligible to win 2,500 My Nintendo Gold Points! Join the excitement by entering the following tournament codes on each day.

January 17th - 0799-6132-1003
January 18th - 2403-5150-5963
January 19th - 1453-2535-4539

Nintendo's president goes over future plans for the Switch in China

They've only just begun

The Switch released in China just a few weeks back, and Nintendo knows they have a lot of work to do to help the platform find its footing in that region. In an interview with Nikkei, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa talked about what's to come for Switch in China.

On the short-term side of things, Nintendo plans to release Super Mario Odyssey and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sometime in January 2020, and those will be followed by other third party titles being rounded up by Tencent. As far as more long-term goals go, Furukawa is currently mulling over where to launch the Switch Lite in China, but hasn't made a firm decision yet.

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