Grab your banana peels and variously-colored turtle shells—Mario Kart is coming to your mobile phone!
Nintendo made the announcement on Twitter in late January and ‘Kart’ fans everywhere are buzzing.
The game company tweeted:
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.
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
Unfortunately, the company recently delayed the game for a summer 2019 release “in order to improve quality of the application and expand the content offerings after launch,” but it is still most definitely on its way.
So far, Nintendo’s foray into the mobile gaming scene has been pretty hit-or-miss.
Its first mobile Mario title, Super Mario Run, launched in December 2016 and broke serious records with over 200 million downloads; however, according to analytics company App Annie, the very few paid the $10 it cost to access to the full game.
Other mobile Nintendo titles include Fire Emblem Heroes (2017), Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp (2017), and Dragalia Lost (2018), and an upcoming Dr. Mario title is expected to release for iOS and Android devices by mid-2019, just in case destroying them in virtual kart races isn’t enough.
Imagine pwning your kids at Mario Kart on mobile while inside a Mario World theme park? I can’t wait for the future!