Mario Kart Is Finally Coming To Smartphones
Remember Wiis? Released in 2006, they were probably the number one Christmas present of that year, as people raced to get their hands on the game console.
Whole families were suddenly brought together in harmony (for a short while anyway) to play tennis, do yoga, and even go bowling.
However, there was clearly one game that stood out from the rest: Mario Kart.
Your Mario Kart alter-ego (chosen from the likes of Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Toad, Donkey Kong, Bowser, and the far superior Princess Peach) became a part of you, as you shouted your way around the unruly race courses.
Even so, as Wii popularity steadily declined, so did the joyful practice of playing Mario Kart.
While you might have indulged in the game a few times at uni, the heady days of Mario Karting till you cried were behind you.
Or so you thought.
It turns out that Nintendo’s classic racing game is finally making its way to smartphones.
Nintendo made the announcement on Twitter: “The checkered flag has been raised and the finish line is near. A new mobile application is now in development: Mario Kart Tour!”
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
Aside from announcing the news and claiming that the app won’t be released until March 2019, Nintendo haven’t released any details about the game, suggesting that they are keeping the finer details close to their chests.
Even so, the excitement that Nintendo’s announcement has caused proves that despite the deterioration of the Wii, love for Mario Kart remains strong:
Here we goooo!!!!!! Woo hoo!!!!!!
— Charles Martinet (@CharlesMartinet) February 1, 2018
— Ripley Von D (@RipleyVonD) February 1, 2018
Mario kart for the iPhones soon that’s fire!!
— Jacoste 🐊 (@_Therealjensy) February 1, 2018
Nintendo is currently dropping bombs, whew. First the Nintendo Switch Online releasing in September, then Mario Kart Tour (mobile) releasing before March 2019, and now official confirmation of the animated Super Mario movie by Illumination? This is amazing.
— Ali (@PhenomenalAli) February 1, 2018
BY THE WAY
NINTENDO IS DOING MARIO KART TOUR FOR MOBILE IN 2019
— Good Boi Hoshi (@_LostSeeker) February 1, 2018
Mario Kart is one of Nintendo’s biggest franchises, with the recently claiming that they had sold 14.86 Switch consoles and around 8 million Mario Kart 8 Deluxe games.
Even so, it’s worth remembering that Nintendo offer a range of games far broader than Mario Kart.
As hyped as I am for the idea of mario kart on mobile, let me just remind you of animal crossing and mario run,
— Olli43 (@OlliHull) February 1, 2018
The development of Mario Kart Tour comes in tandem with news that Nintendo will be closing the doors on its first ever mobile experiment, Miitomo.
If Miimoto has to be sacrificed to make room for Mario Kart Tour then so be it; all is fair in love and war.
Let the ‘Pre-Battle Countdown’ begin.
Images via Nintendo / GIPHY / Twitter