Nintendo has been slowly adopting the idea that gaming on mobile devices is here to stay. The company just announced its third mobile game with Mario Kart Tour. Nintendo made the announcement in a tweet on Twitter yesterday.
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
As we can see, the game won’t be out for a while. It’s currently in development, with a release goal of March 2019. There’s not much else to gather from the tweet.
For instance, will it cost money? Super Mario Run charges $10 to unlock the entire game. On the other hand, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is free-to-play. Even so, the game has micro-transactions built in. It’s hard to believe that Nintendo won’t charge something for the game. There’s also the question of just what kind of game we’ll be getting.
Will it be a full-fledged racing game, or will it be some sort of variation on the idea much like Super Mario Run? Only time will tell, unfortunately. I’d guess that Nintendo will shed more details on the matter as we get closer to the release date.
Regardless, Nintendo embracing the mobile platform — albeit slowly — is a good sign that it’s recognizing the importance of the platform. Here’s hoping that it’s the start of a long list of games coming to iOS and Android devices. Zelda or Metroid, anyone?
Will you be downloading Mario Kart Tour when it arrives? Does it excite you to see that Nintendo is embracing mobile gaming? What other games would you like to see grace a mobile screen near you? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.