Fresh off the sales success of its latest Switch console, Nintendo is looking to expand its mobile offerings. Ever since the launch of its new console, its stock price has doubled and its games dominate the charts. Mario Kart might help catapult it even higher into the stratosphere.
If there’s one area where Nintendo lacks, and it isn’t because they’re not trying, it is mobile games.
Some consider mobile games to be a lesser form of videogame, others think mobile games are best reserved for somewhat superficial experiences. While some fit this mold, others are deep, awesome games that would be good on any platform.
Nintendo hopes to change all of that and dominate the mobile space just as thoroughly as it does the home console arena.
In an announcement on Twitter that shook the world, the Big N told the world about their latest smartphone game: Mario Kart.
That’s right, the classic kart-racing series is coming to mobile devices. And it couldn’t come soon enough.
While Nintendo’s mobile offerings are so far, so good, there’s nothing outside of Pokemon Go that has created quite the sensation one would expect to attend a Nintendo game. This isn’t even to mention that Pokemon Go is by Niantic.
It could all change with the launch of Mario Kart for smartphones, a game that is gearing for huge audiences right out of the gate. Internet speculation has run wild in this regard. Some are theorizing that it will be a massive, pvp fun fest while others think the mobile game could be more akin to a traditional offering. Traditional meaning like the entries for the DS and 3DS, with fully-fledged single-player modes and the like.
Whatever comes around, it better be good because Mario Kart is pretty legendary. It’s also a series that stands for uncompromising quality.
The message on Twitter read: “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.” And though light on details, it has the world speculating as to what form the game will take.
This comes on the heels of Nintendo’s cancellation of Miitomo, its first mobile game offering released back in March 2016. While interesting, the quirky game never really caught on with gamers. In many ways it was a bizarre choice for a first mobile game, but that’s Nintendo. Unpredictable and strange are only part of the strategy.
What came next was more traditional and in line with what gamers would expect.
The second offering, Super Mario Run, launched in December 2016 and has over 200 million downloads. Although a free game, Super Mario Run costs $9.99 to unlock the full game.
Nintendo also has entries in the popular Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem series, both of which have enjoyed commercial and critical success.
News of the Mario Kart game for smartphones accompanied a confirmation of a longstanding rumor about a Mario movie. A new Super Mario Bros. movie will be coming out with Shigeru Miyamoto working on it in some capacity.
No matter what the format, 2018 and beyond looks like a good time to be a Mario fan. Here’s to hoping the Mario Kart app for smartphones creates as much of a sensation as Pokemon Go. Because let’s face it, who doesn’t want to play Mario Kart everywhere?