The Mario Kart Tour game has already made almost $300 million in revenue as a result of Nintendo's decision to remove the gacha system.
According to Sensor Tower, the game is said to have raised up to $293 million since it was launched in 2019.
Mario Kart Tour is a free-to-play game, and all of its revenues have come from its gacha system, where players spend real money to acquire pipes (Rubies), which can then be used to unlock a new driver, kart, and glider, with the 100th pipe guaranteeing a limited-time driver.
The gacha system that was used in Mario Kart Tour will be replaced by the new Spotlight Shop, where players may select their desired drivers and items directly using Rubies, and will no longer need to purchase pipes.
Here's a sneak peek at the #MarioKartTour update coming late September! A Battle Mode will be included, as will a Spotlight Shop, where you can exchange rubies for drivers, karts, and gliders! Also, pipes that you can fire by using rubies will be removed. See the notification for details.
Here's a sneak peek at the #MarioKartTours update coming late September, according to Nintendo's tweet. A Spotlight Shop will be added, as will a battle mode, and electric scooters will be removed.
Mario Kart Tour was released in 2019 for both Android and iOS platforms, and featured some of the most popular Mario characters as racers, such as Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and others.