Mario Kart Tour

Dorayaki

King Bowser
大入=Big in=Want many people to come to this place
祭=Festival

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To my curiosity, did this game think about advertising with very new characters within this year?

The newest addition we got was Peachette. In this year we got LM3 and Origami King. It feels like Hellen and Olivia would be a hot cake for tour features.

Of course, veterans like EGadd deserve this more. But if Tour wants to dig into a bigger roster and cater to advertisings more than console games do, I feel like it wouldn't be bad to count those exclusive characters or new faces.

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Boring trivia

Past kart racers outside KMT(Not including collaborative guests
Tiny Kong, Honey Queen, Petey Piranha, DKJr, Wiggler Paratroopa

DMW but not MKT
Kamek, Baby Wario, Dr Goomba Tower, Dolphin, Blooper, 8-Bit Dr. Mario
 

Mister Wu

King Bowser
Wiki Patroller
The design of Luigi’s Mansion King Boo has the crown of LM3 King Boo, so I think that game was already covered.

Paper Mario is a much more complex story: Mario Kart: Super Circuit was developed by Intelligent System, hence the references to Paper Mario’s Peach’s Castle as an example. On the other hand, Goomba King in Mario Kart DS had the non-flat appearance and name of SM64DS Goomboss, therefore it was more a SM64DS reference. Since then, it was rather Paper Mario: Color Splash and The Origami King that referenced Mario Kart 8, the opposite didn’t really happen and I’m not sure if they really want it to happen - it made sense for Intelligent Systems to do so, much less for Nintendo and Bandai Namco.
 

Dorayaki

King Bowser
King Boo, so I think that game was already covered.
Yeah, it could be kinda misleading to mention Peachette, but I wanted to highlgiht "brand new characters".

And still, if Nintendo cannot make Mario games acknowledge everything happened under its franchise but different teams must conflict with each other, I think that's not just dissapointing fans but also a dumb move for advertising matters.

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It's weird my " DMW but not MKT" point worked. Maybe not all people would be happy with how DKJr is dealt, but that's kinda a compromised result considering he is non-canon now.

But if NIntendo feel the need for Mario Kart to look back to its own history, I really hope other Mario game branches do that same (looking at Paper Mario and Mario Golf).
 

Sally

Aw nuts!
Just saying, I called DK Jr returning for the anniversary ... this is just not the way I expected it to happen
 

Mcmadness

The idiot who puts things in the wrong board.
non-canon implies there was any real canon to begin with.
 

Infinite8

Dry Bowser
Just saying, I called DK Jr returning for the anniversary ... this is just not the way I expected it to happen
With the name of the driver being "Donkey Kong Jr. (SNES)", the 3D DK Jr. might appear in MKT in the future.
 

ZelenPixel

(she/her) actual spore creature
in that case i hope he looks closer to his og design like mario tennis (where he already appeared alongside modern dk too)

and not....... double dash dk jr
(source)
would be neat to have him properly in the game either way with him being the only character in super mario kart that hasnt reappeared anywhere else (besides that snes sprite)
 

Dorayaki

King Bowser
hasnt reappeared anywhere else (besides that snes sprite)
Like said, canonical factors are legit enough for him to be unable to return. I don't think fans have been complaining like "NIntendo should had made him return, they don't have proper excuse!!" when other one-off key characters like Wart and Wizpig don't have such issue.

In the case of Pauline they managed to create a new role to fit in the post-DKC era to differentiate from her old self. The other closes cases are Baby Daisy and Pink Gold Peach, who didn't debut with story references. But arguably, they have counterpart characters to base on so we at least know where did they come from.

But anyway, since DKJr at least appears as 8-bit, I think NIntendo should really do a formal introduction about this character for the current Mario canon, no matter whether they would like to give him a new 3D render in newer DKC titles or not.

And still, I believe DKJr has such special treat definitely because he was one of the missing arcade era veterans than the "Mario Kart history completionism". If Nintendo really like such idea, hope that they can fairly do the same to other Mario spinoffs and revive other missing characters.
 
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J-Yoshi64

Always remembering Walkazo
The inclusion of these 2D sprites as drivers throws out my primary argument against Paper Mario as a driver.
 

Dark Light

Cherries and Berries
I mean we had Paper Luigi drive a kart so that's possible. But Paper Mario is never referenced in the first place, so fat chance he has.

Like said, canonical factors are legit enough for him to be unable to return. I don't think fans have been complaining like "NIntendo should had made him return, they don't have proper excuse!!" when other one-off key characters like Wart and Wizpig don't have such issue.

In the case of Pauline they managed to create a new role to fit in the post-DKC era to differentiate from her old self. The other closes cases are Baby Daisy and Pink Gold Peach, who didn't debut with story references. But arguably, they have counterpart characters to base on so we at least know where did they come from.

But anyway, since DKJr at least appears as 8-bit, I think NIntendo should really do a formal introduction about this character for the current Mario canon, no matter whether they would like to give him a new 3D render in newer DKC titles or not.

And still, I believe DKJr has such special treat definitely because he was one of the missing arcade era veterans than the "Mario Kart history completionism". If Nintendo really like such idea, hope that they can fairly do the same to other Mario spinoffs and revive other missing characters.
I really don't think canon has anything to do with it. It's just that Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong has made him redundant and that they never felt the need to return him.
 

Dorayaki

King Bowser
I really don't think canon has anything to do with it. It's just that Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong has made him redundant and that they never felt the need to return him.
To simplify, yeah, that saying works.

The best would be like how M&L explained babies and Paper Mario. Strangely that series even did some important things other "main titles" never managed to do.

I agre with 8-bit given, Paper Mario for Kart isn't out of blue.
 

Mister Wu

King Bowser
Wiki Patroller
Apart that there is no current canon (to have an idea at how extraneous is the concept of canon in Mario games just look at Super Mario Odyssey putting Yoshi’s house near Super Mario 64 Peach’s Castle and then putting completely different surroundings to both), the DK Jr. sprite is a 16-bits sprite, I don’t think we should use the word 8-bits for what are retro sprites, as many of them never were colored with only 8-bits colors to begin with.
 

Dorayaki

King Bowser
Apart that there is no current canon

I don’t think we should use the word 8-bits for what are retro sprites
I'd say canon isn't the biggest matter, it'd be more direct to think "who this is".

(yes, we got Nabbit who came out from random, but arguably DKJr wasn't made to be in that kind of role)

Before official announcement. it was based on the official name of the counterpart in DMW. I'm netural with names, but would hope that they can keep it in line.
 

Infinite8

Dry Bowser
Both Mario (SNES) and DK Jr (SNES) don't have voices. Instead, Super Mario Kart jingles and SFX are played when playing as these characters (race start, item roulette and race finish). Pretty cool, right.
 

Mister Wu

King Bowser
Wiki Patroller
I think the drift sound effects is also from Super Mario Kart, their voices when selected are sound clips from Super Mario Kart.

I like what they did with the animations following the style of Super Mario Kart even for the new ones, luckily the animation and sprite work of Super Mario Kart was quite decent, save for those Bullet Bills that we never ever could have guessed if it was not for Yoshi’s Safari and the Nintendo Official Guidebook...
 
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Dark Light

Cherries and Berries

Sunshine Mario is teased in this pic.



But that aside, SoCal Los Angeles, hell yeah, so cool seeing my home county referenced! Though that Ferris wheel likely references the Santa Monica pier, which technically aren't in Los Angeles since the images that crop up when people think LA (like skyscrapers and Hollywood) aren't all that close to Santa Monica.
 

Sally

Aw nuts!
Mario finally gets to see LA
Would be cool if a Pinata or a Noki showed up as a racer, I would even take Shadow Mario, Petey, Gooper Blooper or those weird Tanooki merchants that never showed up again, hey, it worked for Baby Wario
 

A Hungarian Mushroom

Otherwise known as a "goomba"
It must be nice to see your home country in a Mario game.

"Tune in next Wednesday for a tour in the land of vampires! Starting with the Bucharest Tour, you'll scream from the bottom of your lungs as Vampire Wario cuts you off on Victory Avenue in the 3rd most congested city of Europe!"

Eh, maybe Moscow is better suited for that.
 

A Hungarian Mushroom

Otherwise known as a "goomba"
I wonder how many Eastern European people are on this forum beside the two of us lol.

I think Russia has better chances at being represented in Mario Kart Tour than Romania, what with Nintendo having more exposure to their products in Russia and the country being just more widely known. Although, they could play off Transylvania tropes and thus represent Romania in some way. They could set a course in a creepy medieval town, or heck, something based on this:



which would be wonderful.

As for the Moscow Tour, I think it should feature Kremlings in cossack and soviet attire. Because, you know... the Kremlin is there.
 
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