Nintendo announces Mario Kart Tour smartphone game

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Mario Kart Tour is the next Nintendo mobile game heading to smartphones.

Nintendo confirmed Mario Kart Tour today on Twitter, adding that the game is in development and is expected to be released sometime in the next fiscal year, which ends in March 2019. Nintendo describes the game as a “mobile application” but isn’t releasing any more information at this time.

Mario Kart Tour is the fifth game Nintendo is developing for smartphones, following Super Mario Run, Fire Emblem Heroes, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp and Miitomo. Nintendo will release more details when appropriate, the Wall Street Journal’s Takashi Mochizuki said on Twitter.

The publisher also confirmed that Nintendo Switch Online will launch this September. The service, which is equivalent to PlayStation Network or Xbox Live, will cost either $3.99 a month, $7.99 for three months or $19.99 per year.

The service will give Switch owners the ability to play online, a service that has been free up until now but is expected to change once Nintendo Switch Online launches. Switch players will also gain access to compilations of some of Nintendo’s most classic games, including Super Mario Bros. 3, Balloon Fight and Dr. Mario. Nintendo is calling these compilations of games from the archive “Classic Game Selection,” but that is subject to change. Nintendo will incorporate leaderboards and multiplayer with Nintendo Switch Online when it rolls out.

Nintendo’s announcements come just after the company announced impressive sales for the Switch, selling more than 14 million units since it first launched in early March 2017.

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This seems interesting. The controls, the ability to race against other players, and the ability to easily race with/against your friends will make or break this app.

Not holding my breath.

Based on Nintendo’s mobile app track record so far, I’m not excited at all. Maybe Mario Kart will turn things around, but I’ll believe it when I see it.

Looking forward to this being the first Mario Kart game that steps into realism where we have to buy fuel with microtransactions.

Don’t wish to sound like a typical negative hater, but assuming touchscreen controls I don’t see how this could possibly be any good.

I’m assuming gyro controls for steering, which would be fine. after that it essentially becomes a four-button game – gas, brake, item, drift.

No. Think about what they did with Mario Run.

Gyro steering, tap to use items.
Auto-accellerate, auto drift.

Competition with friends/strangers will be ghost mode based on a pre-recorded run of the same course, just like Mario Run.

Sounds like it could be fun if well executed.

I’m not sure how to feel about this game. On the one hand, a Mario Kart game on your phone would be sweet. On the other hand, they haven’t had a great track record with their previous mobile titles. Just release old games like Pokemon for your phone Nintendo. Everybody will love you and you will be swimming in money.

The publisher also confirmed that Nintendo Switch Online will launch this September. The service, which is equivalent to PlayStation Network or Xbox Live, will cost either $3.99 a month, $7.99 for three months or $19.99 per year.

I definitely know how to feel about this though. You’ve been doing so good lately Nintendo. Don’t ruin it with this crap.

I’ve tried every Nintendo mobile game so far, each kept my interest for about a month before moving away and wondering why I spent so much time on them. MK will only interest me if they do something other than create a poor quality port, I would love to see a AR Mario Kart, watch a mobile phone turn a table or floor into a cross between Micro Machines and Mario Kart and have some fun with that. I don’t see the need for another mobile MK game when we have 7 on the 3DS and the switch makes 8 very portable.

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