Nintendo’s ‘Mario Kart Tour’ had an unbelievably good first month but still couldn’t dethrone ‘Pokémon Go’

‘Mario Kart Tour’ had a blockbuster first month. ‘Mario Kart Tour’/Nintendo
  • Nintendo’s smartphone game “Mario Kart Tour” had the second-biggest opening month in mobile gaming history, raking in almost 124 million app downloads.
  • But it didn’t manage to dethrone “Pokémon Go,” which garnered 163 million downloads in its first month.
  • “Mario Kart Tour” also pulled in $US37.4 million through in-app purchases.
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Nintendo’s latest mobile gaming gambit, “Mario Kart Tour,” had a sensational opening month, according to figures from the app analytics site Sensor Tower.

In its first 30 days, “Mario Kart Tour” garnered roughly 123.9 million downloads in its first 30 days, Sensor Tower said. It far outstripped Nintendo’s next-biggest phone game, “Super Mario Run,” which got 21.8 million downloads in its first month – a figure “Mario Kart Tour” nearly surpassed on its first day, when it got 20 million downloads.

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The figure catapulted “Mario Kart Tour” to the second-biggest launch in mobile gaming history behind “Pokémon Go.” “Mario Kart Tour” wasn’t too far behind, however, with its 123.9 million downloads equaling just over 75% of the 163 million downloads “Pokémon Go” had in its first month, Sensor Tower said.

In terms of revenue, “Mario Kart Tour” is Nintendo’s second-biggest success after “Fire Emblem Heroes.” “Tour” made $US37.4 million in its first month through in-app purchases, compared with $US67.6 million for “Fire Emblem Heroes.”