Nintendo Announces Mario Kart Tour Mobile Game

first_imgStay on target Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)’Astral Chain’ and Other Dumb Nintendo Songs Nintendo on Wednesday announced the name and release date of its latest mobile game.Mario Kart Tour is expected in the next fiscal year, so, any time between April 2018 and March 2019.There are no further details; the developer teased the title in a tweet, suggesting only that “The checkered flag has been raised and the finish line is near.”AdChoices广告This marks Nintendo’s fifth mobile title, rounding out the company’s original plan to release five smartphone games by 2017. Only Super Mario Run, Fire Emblem Heroes, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, and the ill-fated Miitomo social network managed to launch last year.There have also been whispers of a Legend of Zelda app. (Though I wouldn’t hold my breath for the video game franchise to hit handsets any time soon.)“As smart devices are increasing in significance as the dominant window through which consumers connect with one another and with society, it is natural for us to leverage smart devices to communicate directly with our customers,” President Satoru Iwata said in 2015.Off to a rocky start with bizarre social networking app/meme creator Miitomo (which is shutting down on May 9), Nintendo quickly founds its mobile footing with its Mario-based auto runner, followed by the Fire Emblem strategy RPG and a minimized version of camping title Animal Crossing (one of Team Geek’s favorite games of the year).Can Mario Kart Tour maintain the relative success of its smartphone siblings? Only time will tell. (After endless months of wishing and hoping and praying Nintendo doesn’t screw this one up.)The mobile gaming news comes amidst another big reveal: Nintendo has sold 14.86 million Switch consoles—and nearly half as many copies of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.Since its worldwide release in April, the racing game has sold 7.33 million units—more than Splatoon 2 (4.91 million), but fewer than “big hit” Super Mario Odyssey (9.07 million since October).last_img

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