Mario Kart Tour may not be what a Nintendo die-hard reaches for when they hop on their phone, but it’s proven to be a hit. Three years after its release, data provided by Sensor Tower to GamesIndustry.biz shows that the game has generated an estimated $293 million for Nintendo.
For context, Fire Emblem: Heroes revenue surpassed $1 billion in June, making Nintendo’s long-standing gacha character-collector far and away their biggest mobile game. Still, Mario Kart Tour revenue has beaten Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp’s $287.6 million and the $168.5 million generated by Dragalia Lost, which is ending forever later this year.
All this follows on from Nintendo’s mobile revenue surpassing the $2 billion mark back in May, proving that it’s a reasonably strong part of their business. We did a big feature on Nintendo mobile games, exploring the idea of wasted potential for the most part. Still, with each new release, it does look like Nintendo is getting a higher hit rate and working out what players want (it’s getting rid of Mario Kart Tour’s spotlight shop gacha stuff, which is great, too).