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The next big mobile announcement from Nintendo is finally here: we’ll see Mario Kart Tour on mobile sometime before March 2019.
Since Nintendo committed themselves to mobile development, I’ve fantasized repeatedly about the different possibilities for its various franchises on the platform. Mobile Kirby? Mobile Metroid? Nintendogs?!?!?! But from the Nintendo strategy meeting in Japan this evening followed by an official tweet, we learned that the next major Nintendo IP to hit our phones will be Mario Kart. The game, entitled Mario Kart Tour, is anticipated sometime in the upcoming fiscal year, which goes until March 2019. So, we may not see Mario Kart Tour for quite awhile.
Sadly, since this announcement is so early, that’s the restrict of the small print now we have on the sport. We don’t know if it will likely be free or pay to play, or what sorts of microtransactions will probably be concerned, if any. We don’t know something about how trustworthy it will likely be to conventional Mario Kart video games, what characters and tracks may be concerned, or how nicely on-line racing with associates will work.
What we are able to think about is that it will likely be executed with the identical degree of polish as Nintendo’s different cell titles, and we are able to fear (only a bit) about its longevity. In spite of everything, Miitomo will probably be shut down quickly, Tremendous Mario Run bought tons of free gamers however few who appreciated it sufficient to pay for the rest of the quick recreation, and even Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is beginning to put on on individuals.
Nintendo needs to give attention to reaching gamers via cell who might not in any other case be acquainted with Nintendo IP, widening its viewers past conventional console avid gamers. Don’t anticipate to find out how Nintendo plans to do this for a while–I wouldn’t be shocked if we didn’t even know extra by E3 2018. What we do know is that Nintendo is clearly not backing down from this cell dedication, and the way they deal with the medium going ahead is sure to be attention-grabbing.