Just in case you were sleeping like most of us here in the UK you might have just noticed that Nintendo dropped a bomb overnight. In 2019 we're getting Mario Kart on mobile.
As announced on Nintendo America's Twitter last night, Mario Kart Tour will be the next most exciting mobile game by Ninty to drop on mobile (unless they've got a port of Super Mario Sunshine or Legend of Zelda planned). Though information is very, very slim indeed it leaves us open to think about what form this mobile game could possible take.
The checkered flag has been raised and the finish line is near. A new mobile application is now in development: Mario Kart Tour! #MarioKartTour Releasing in the fiscal year ending in March 2019. pic.twitter.com/8GIyR7ZM4z — Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) February 1, 2018
GRID Autosport's proven that racing games can look and feel great so long as you've got a new device, but after Nintendo's spell with their first premium title, Super Mario Run, the likelihood of this being a paid-for app isn't totally certain.
With their free-to-play titles, Fire Emblem Heroes and Animal Crossing Pocket Camp, proving to be more successful in the long run, perhaps Ninty'll keep on with this model. I'd hate to think what that would do to Mario Kart, but again that depends on the type of game it'll be.
If it's a full port or great additional title in the MK series, I know fans would be more than happy to pay full-price for it. If they choose F2P and give you optional IAPs to unlock karts and abilities and all sorts, that makes me far less excited.
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