Nintendo is finally bringing its hugely popular Mario Kart series to smartphones. A new app “Mario Kart Tour” will be released in the next financial year. But what this means is that it will be released sometime in the next fiscal year, so essentially anytime between April 2018 and March 2019.
Mario Kart is Nintendo’s biggest franchise. In fact, these series are the most popular and most talked-about titles. It is quite obvious that the Japanese consumer electronics and video game giant is attempting to increase the fan base among gamers.
The company announced the news via Twitter.
Mario Kart sees players race on gravity-defying tracks as their favourite characters from Nintendo’s back-catalogue, including Mario, Luigi, Link, Yoshi and Princess Peach. Likewise, Nintendo has several games such as Super Mario Run, Animal Crossing, and Fire Emblem series that have a huge fan following. Nintendo’s first mobile game, Miitomo, released in March 2016 did not taste much success. But two year ago, the Kyoto-based company once again attempted to penetrate the Gaming market via its much publicised Super Mario Run for iPhones.
Nonetheless there are rumours that Nintendo is now working on multiple titles for smartphones. According to a Wall Street Journal report, the Japanese Gaming major is developing a Legend of Zelda title for smartphones. The Legend of Zelda – the iconic series – has a cult following among fans.
Nintendo has also announced a “Super Mario” movie, a strategic collaboration between Nintendo and a American film and animation studio Illumination Entertainment, the studio behind Minions and Despicable Me. The movie will be co-produced by Shigeru Miyamoto, a veteran video game maker who created the Mario character in 1981. The company however, failed to disclose the date when the movie will be released.