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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
You are now free to scream excitedly.
Unfortunately, details have been sparse, which is to be expected since they just came out with the announcement this week. As you can see above, they did say that it would be released sometime in the next financial year, but that could be anywhere between this April and next March.
I, for one, am thankful that their next foray into mobile gaming isn’t going to be as terrible as Miitomo, which will close down for good this May. As proven by Fire Emblem Heroes, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, and Super Mario Run, Nintendo should stick to making mobile games out of their existing series, at least for now. The rumors of a mobile Legend of Zelda game in the works would be a logical next step for the company, especially with the success of Breath of the Wild.
Now, some of you might be asking, what’s so different between a mobile version of Mario Kart when we already have Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for the Switch?
Well first, the Switch doesn’t have an online service yet. It was recently announced that it’s scheduled to release this September, but it will have a price tag attached to it. $3.99/ month, $7.99/3 months, or $20/year. Even if Mario Kart Tour is released with a price tag attached, it will likely be a one-time fee instead of a subscription.
Second, you can only have two people playing at one time without requiring extra Joy-Cons or Switch systems. Mario Kart Tour will likely allow at least four racers at a time, if not more than that.
And finally, some people just aren’t comfortable with taking their Switches out into the wild. I know I was reluctant to take my Switch out of the safety of my apartment when I first got it. Mario Kart Tour will eventually be available on iOS and Android, meaning phones and tablets, which people bring with them everywhere.
That means that every disagreement can and will be settled on the track.