With the large success of both Super Mario Run and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, it is no surprise that Nintendo is bringing another of its most beloved franchises to smartphones in the future. Mario Kart Tour has been announced, along with being given a release date for sometime between April 2018 and March of the following year. Instant excitement has shocked the gaming world, as Mario Kart is one of the largest and most exciting franchises outside of Mario himself and the world of Pokemon. Other than the information on its existence and potential release schedule, no further details have been released other than Nintendo’s social media accounts stating that the game in development.
It was stated by The Verge that this is most likely just the beginning of Nintendo’s app store uprising. Sources such as The Verge and Wall Street Journal speculated in May 2017 that Nintendo was developing a Legend of Zelda mobile title as well with the games that have been already released. Being announced such a long time ago, no further news has been said. The Legend of Zelda title was alleged to be available before Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, and it is now believed to be at least after Mario Kart Tour.
Fans speculate much about the game, especially on the ideas of controls and mechanics of the game overall. Different gamers have different play styles, which is oddly adding to the debate of whether the game is going to be free-to-play or a paid purchase app. Mario Kart fans on the Kotaku website are some of the more vocal about what they desire and want to see in a Mario Kart game for IOS and Android devices. Questions about wifi connection, if in-app purchases will be available and whether or not the app is going to be similar to past driving games already on the app store or be something entirely new. Hopefully, this is a Mario Kart game that not only adds to the franchise’s fame but as an innovation in mobile phone gaming for us all to enjoy
Mario Kart fans rejoice, Nintendo announced that the Super Mario franchise will finally be available on smart devices everywhere no later than the fiscal year ending in March 2019. Android and iOS users will soon be able to download the Mario Kart Tour app, which is expected to be free and have in-game purchases. Last year, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was the first release of the series on the company’s latest console, Nintendo Switch. So far, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide. The Switch console have reached record-breaking sales of over 14.8 million units worldwide, making it Nintendo’s biggest selling console in years.
While it’s far too early to know exactly how the Mario Kart Tour’s mobile gameplay will turn out, some fans are already speculating that it might have an ‘endless runner’ type of platform, while others believe that players will be able to race in different kingdoms inspired by real world culture and so forth.
The very first Super Mario Kart game was released back 1992 on the Super NES console. The Mario Kart series is one of the Super Mario franchise’s most well-received games by the gaming industry’s top critics. It’s fun, entertaining and somewhere out there, a major party staple.
For those that aren’t familiar with the Mario Kart series in general, it’s a multi-player go-kart racing game where players get to choose popular Super Mario Bros. characters such as: Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Princess Peach, Toad, Waluigi, Wario and many others. The racecourse is plagued with hazardous obstacles including banana peels and Koopa turtle shells. Racers will be able to pick up many helpful item boxes on the track for power-ups, extra speed and slowing down your racing competition. Mario Kart was created by Shigeru Miyamoto, a popular Japanese game designer and producer. Nintendo are planning to develop more games for mobile use, they currently have a few titles available now on smartphones: Super Mario Run, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp and Fire Emblem Heroes.