Nintendo announces Mario Kart Tour for smartphones

Mario Kart

In a tweet, Nintendo announced, "The checkered flag has been raised and the finish line is near".

Nintendo on Wednesday night announced on Twitter that Mario Kart Tour will be its next mobile game.

Of course, it's going to be a while until we see the game in its full glory. Well... not anymore, as Nintendo has confirmed it is releasing a Mario Kart game for Android and iOS. The Switch was the major part of its success. Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, on the other hand, has a more generic freemium model, where packs and in-game credits can be purchased for real money, while the main game is free to enjoy.

Hopefully it'll include some sort of option for offline play, unlike Super Mario Run, but we wouldn't hold your breath - this probably won't be the game for anyone with a lengthy underground commute.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - is this what Mario Kart Tour will look like? The mobile version will be called Mario Kart Tour. 3, Dr. Mario and Balloon Fight will be available as part of the Classic Games Selection.

The launch is a continuation of the Nintendo smartphone roadmap that was revealed previous year.

If Nintendo knows what's good for it, it'll surely cater the game for easy on-the-go multiplayer, and I'm sure we can expect some form of tilt controls to play their part too. The last time we heard from Nintendo regarding how the app was performing, the company said the app wasn't generating "acceptable profit". The firm revealed that it sold an impressive 14.86 million Switch consoles in 10 months time.

This new annual target would alone exceed lifetime sales of 13.56 million consoles for the Wii U, which was on the market for about five years.

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