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Mario Kart Tour Announced For Smartphones

by Donald Theriault - January 31, 2018, 5:40 pm PST
Total comments: 13 Source: Nintendo

The green flag will drop by March 2019.

The next smartphone game from Nintendo will race into smart devices by March of next year.

Mario Kart Tour was announced for smartphones at Nintendo's strategy meeting tonight. The game is slated to launch by the end of the next fiscal year (April -> March 2019). No other information is available.

Talkback

LemonadeJanuary 31, 2018

Im using tilt controls!

AdrockJanuary 31, 2018

Interesting. For me, it depends on how much Mario Kart Tour costs.

nickmitchJanuary 31, 2018

I'm curious as to how or if it'll integrate with MK8D.

MASBFebruary 01, 2018

Where's the Zelda game they said they were working on a year ago? I wonder, is Nintendo really taking their time with this stuff or are they having some difficulties? Sometimes, it feels like they're having more trouble developing phone games than they are the AAA behemonths like Super Mario Odyssey.

AdrockFebruary 01, 2018

Nintendo isn’t having difficulties. The company’s mobile offerings are smaller games with smaller budgets developed by smaller teams. Switch is just more of a priority. More importantly, Nintendo is right where it said it wanted to be. It released Miitomo and Super Mario Run in 2016 then released Fire Emblem Heroes and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp in 2017. Nintendo has previously stated that it wants to release two to three mobile games a year.

I suppose we’ll see how 2018 shakes out as far as that strategy is concerned. Only Mario Kart Tour is officially announced, and it may not release this year. Who knows how far along Zelda is though it seems more appropriate to unveil at E3.

SorenFebruary 01, 2018

Nothing about Nintendo's mobile offerings has enticed me so far. This game probably won't change much but I understand I'm probably in the minority here.

nickmitchFebruary 01, 2018

Quote from: Adrock

Nintendo isn’t having difficulties. The company’s mobile offerings are smaller games with smaller budgets developed by smaller teams. Switch is just more of a priority. More importantly, Nintendo is right where it said it wanted to be. It released Miitomo and Super Mario Run in 2016 then released Fire Emblem Heroes and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp in 2017. Nintendo has previously stated that it wants to release two to three mobile games a year.

I suppose we’ll see how 2018 shakes out as far as that strategy is concerned. Only Mario Kart Tour is officially announced, and it may not release this year. Who knows how far along Zelda is though it seems more appropriate to unveil at E3.

Yeah, if they put out a Zelda mobile and Mario Kart this year they'd be on pace.  I'd say they're sticking to the plan pretty well.  Plus, there's always the possibility they're working on something they're not talking about.

Quote from: MASB

Where's the Zelda game they said they were working on a year ago?

Did they ever say that, or was it just the Wall Street Journal and other industry sources?

ShyGuyFebruary 01, 2018

Everything about Mobile Zelda seems to be rumor and speculation. More of the same coming at E3.

MASBFebruary 02, 2018

Quote from: Adrock

Nintendo isn’t having difficulties. The company’s mobile offerings are smaller games with smaller budgets developed by smaller teams. Switch is just more of a priority. More importantly, Nintendo is right where it said it wanted to be. It released Miitomo and Super Mario Run in 2016 then released Fire Emblem Heroes and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp in 2017. Nintendo has previously stated that it wants to release two to three mobile games a year.

I suppose we’ll see how 2018 shakes out as far as that strategy is concerned. Only Mario Kart Tour is officially announced, and it may not release this year. Who knows how far along Zelda is though it seems more appropriate to unveil at E3.

http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/news/43838/nintendo-planning-more-than-three-smartphone-titles-in-calendar-2017

Quote:

In separate Japanese newspaper interviews, CEO Tatsumi Kimishima confirmed the plan to release at least four mobile titles in calendar 2017 and onward. An interview with the Kyoto Shimbun paper originally reported "2-3 per year", but a separate interview with the Sankei newspaper quoted Kimishima as saying there would be "more than three" internally developed Nintendo mobile titles per year.

http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/news/41381/nintendo-mobile-game-miitomo-launching-march-2016-alongside-new-account-service

Quote:

Nintendo's first mobile game, called Miitomo, will launch this fiscal year, as opposed to the calendar year.

http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/news/43395/nintendo-only-launching-four-mobile-games-in-this-fiscal-year

Quote:

Nintendo is scaling back their mobile plans slightly for the fiscal year.

In an interview with Time Magazine, Shigeru Miyamoto discussed Nintendo's mobile strategy. A follow-up email from Miyamoto confirmed that a combination of development time and "market conditions" would mean only four mobile titles would release by March 2017. The four titles would be Miitomo, Super Mario Run and the unnamed Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem projects.

Clearly their plans are in flux. Doesn't help that they keep changing from fiscal year to calendar year and back again. No matter how you slice it, they'v never released more than two.

FY 2016: 1 Miitomo
FY 2017: 2 Super Mario Run, Fire Emblem Heroes
FY 2018: 1 Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp

Calendar Year 2016: 2 Miitomo, Super Mario Run
CY 2017: 2 Fire Emblem Heroes, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp
CY 2018: TBD

Titles that have been announced with vague or no release date: Zelda and Mario Kart Tour.

http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/rumor/44618/new-zelda-pokemon-trading-card-titles-possibly-coming-to-mobile

I had forgotten that Zelda was never officially announced by Nintendo. It was thought to be the unnamed title by Miyamoto that was delayed/fell by the wayside. I wonder if the reaction to BOTW contributed to that. As in, "We really can't mess this up now!"

But more important than anything else in this post:

December 24, 2016

Quote:

Posted by Lemonade:

I wonder if they would do a Mario Kart for phones

Proof that Hideki Konno lurks the NWR forums looking for ideas! :)

AdrockFebruary 02, 2018

Quote from: MASB

Clearly their plans are in flux. Doesn't help that they keep changing from fiscal year to calendar year and back again. No matter how you slice it, they'v never released more than two.

That’s fair though I don’t think that implies Nintendo is having difficulties. It could crap out a bunch of subpar titles very easily. Releasing the right games that take advantage of and cater to mobile platforms seems to be a priority. Going back to your previous post, I lean toward the company taking its time mostly since mobile, while important, is still less important than Switch. The intention was always to encourage that audience into the Nintendo ecosystem. I wonder if Switch is doing some of that on its own.

TurdFurgyFebruary 02, 2018

Could your average phone even handle a Mario Kart? I don't think this will be a traditional title.

Linkle LinkFebruary 02, 2018

Quote from: TurdFurgy

Could your average phone even handle a Mario Kart? I don't think this will be a traditional title.

Yeah, pretty sure I've seen people use Roms of Super Mario Kart on their phones.

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