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Mario Kart Tour speeding onto smartphones

Martin Bigg On February 1, 2018

Traditionally, the Mario Kart series has been a strong system seller for Nintendo. Both Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the Switch have strong hardware attachment rates. While we're eagerly awaiting a new Mario Kart game developed from the ground up released on the Switch, Nintendo has announced that a new entry in the series called Mario Kart Tour will be speeding onto iOS and Android smartphone devices , marking the first time a Mario Kart game has been available on a platform other than Nintendo consoles or arcades. 

Mario Kart 8 Tour logo
Details are very scarce for now, as so far Nintendo has only confirmed the game will be released before the end of the next financial year which runs between April 2018 and March 2019, so we may have a long time to wait. Nintendo describes Mario Kart Tour as a "new mobile application," but it hasn't specified if it will be sold at a fixed price or free-to-play with monetisation. It's also unclear how closely the gameplay in Mario Kart Tour will match its console counterparts, but more details will be revealed at a later date. 

This won't be the first Nintendo-themed smartphone game either, as there have already been mobile releases of Mario, Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing. According to Eurogamer, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has now sold 7.33 million copies, so it's not surprising to see Nintendo capitalise on its popularity in a mobile release. 



In the meantime, you can check out our Mario Kart 8 Deluxe review, where we essentially declared the game as a masterpiece that every Switch owner should own.  

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