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Based on the popular Nintendo game Mario Kart, Mario Kart Tour is now available to download and play for free on Apple and Android smartphones and tablets. Simply download the game via Apple's App Store or Google Play for Android.
Is it really free?
The game is totally free to download and play, you'll just need an internet connection and a free Nintendo Account. There are, however, optional in-app purchases where you’d be spending real money to obtain virtual items such as new cars/characters, or a monthly 'Gold Pass' which unlocks special items.
How to prevent children from racking up a bill
We've previously heard of children using similar games to make in-app purchases without their parents’ knowledge, resulting in unexpected bills (see our 'My child spent £150 on Fortnite' MSE news story from last year).
When setting up a Nintendo Account, you can choose to set up a special account for kids aged 15 and under, which allows parents/guardians to use parental controls to apply restrictions to the child's account, and will receive an alert if any purchases are made.
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Nintendo 'free' game with 3DS + Pokémon/Smash Bros
Buy console and selected games, get a free game download - norm up to £40
This deal is for people who have recently bought or are going to buy a Nintendo 2DS, 3DS or 3DS XL handheld console, plus one of the following games: Super Smash Bros, Pokémon Omega Ruby or Pokémon Alpha Sapphire.
If that’s you, you can download a free game from Nintendo* when you register your new console and game to Club Nintendo (a free loyalty club) before 11.59pm on Mon 12 Jan, 2015.
Provided one of the three eligible games is purchased as well as your console, you’ll get the freebie. It doesn’t matter where you buy the items, as long as they’re new and weren’t registered before Thu 11 Sep.
Registration is free and there are seven digital downloads to choose from:
- Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate* (norm £39.99)
- Zelda: A Link Between Worlds* (norm £39.99)
- Yoshi’s New Island* (norm £34.99)
- Kirby: Triple Deluxe* (norm £34.99)
- Mario Golf: World Tour* (norm £34.99)
- Mario Party: Island Tour* (norm £34.99)
- Pokémon Art Academy* (norm £29.99)
This is handy if you’ve already bought one of these DS consoles and games for Christmas, but not worth buying one specially just for this deal.
Here’s how to do it...
- Register your console and qualifying game with Club Nintendo (you may have to wait up to 24 hours after registering). Then, log in.
- Once logged in, request a free download code before 12 Feb 2015 and it will be sent to you via email within 48 hours.
- Go to the Nintendo eShop and use your code at the online checkout before 12 Mar 2015 to get your free download.