Visitors to the App Store are being presented with Apple's official charts for the most downloaded games of 2019, with Mario Kart Tour the top free iPhone title, Roblox the top free iPad game, and Minecraft doing double duty in the paid categories.
Despite only releasing in September, Mario Kart Tour is the App Store's most downloaded free iPhone game of 2019, per Apple's own official numbers.
SensorTower analyst estimates had already placed Mario Kart Tour at over 120 million downloads in the four weeks following its launch.
The achievement puts Mario Kart Tour ahead of big studio efforts recognised across mobile, console, and computer such as Call Of Duty Mobile and Fortnite, as well as accessible casual hits Color Bump 3D and Aquapark.io.
Nintendo's most successful foray into mobile is absent from iPad, where blocky creative toolset Roblox was top choice over the course of the year, Aquapark.io proved more popular than Color Bump 3D, which was kept out of the top three by Paper.io 2.
Among paid games, Minecraft retained its champion status, number one for iPhone and iPad.
In-person guessing game Heads Up!, viral simulation Plague Inc, intense jump'n'run challenge Geometry Dash, colourful tower defense Bloons TD 6, farming and village life occupation Stardew Valley and board game adaptation The Game Of Life also featured in both paid charts.
The vast majority of most downloaded free games had been released in 2019 (5 of 15 iPhone and iPad unique titles) and 2018 (eight titles),Roblox and 2017's letter rearranger Wordscapes the exceptions.
By contrast, none of the most downloaded paid games were released in 2019 – Amazing Frog? an edge case, landing on New Year's Eve 2018 – while some seven of 13 were more than five years old.
Though three of 13 unique titles across the two paid charts released in December 2018 – Rebel Inc and Bendy And The Ink Machine along with Amazing Frog? – only two others, Stardew Valley and Bloons TD 6, launched earlier the same year.
As Apple's 2019 charts track downloads rather than new purchases, one might expect App Store users to prioritise older purchased apps when upgrading devices or restoring software, while free apps provide an opportunity to try out the latest craze without an up-front cost. – AFP Relaxnews
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