Mario Kart Tour is coming to smartphones by the end of the company’s current fiscal year. Nintendo on Wednesday announced that it is releasing an app called Mario Kart for mobile platforms anywhere between April 2018 and March 2019. It also plans to release the paid Nintendo Switch Online service.
Company’s long-running Virtual Console service will also be released with this $20/year service. Talking about this form, there will be a selection of classic games in Switch Online. Players can play these games by paying its subscription charge.
Mario Kart Tour will be the fifth mobile game of Nintendo. The company first launched a social-networking game called Miitomo for testing the iOS and Android waters. After that Nintendo released Fire Emblem, Animal Crossing, and Mario to mobile.
There are many mobile titles on which Nintendo is currently working. The company originally planned to release five smartphone games by 2017, but only Fire Emblem Heroes, the ill-fated Miitomo social app, and Super Mario Run were revealed. Last year, some sources confirmed that the company was working on a Legend of Zelda mobile title.
Nintendo also repeated its plans to launch an animated, feature-length Super Mario film. The movie’s production is currently going on at Illumination Studios. The company has not revealed the release date of the film.
Nintendo’s smartphone-related revenue was up to 29.1 billion yen, according to its nine-months earnings report that the company released Tuesday. The Switch was the major part of its success. The Switch was released last March and it had sold 14.8 million units at the end of 2017.