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Ready… Set… Go! ‘Mario Kart Tour’ to Race onto Smartphones!

written by Steffie February 1, 2018
Nintendo announce the development of Mario Kart Tour

Nintendo has seen a lot of publicity recently and today is no different.  In the form of a tweet and little to no information, Nintendo has announced the development of a new game: Mario Kart Tour! Could this game further establish Nintendo in the mobile gaming scene?

Mario Kart Tour will be the fifth mobile game for Nintendo. The gaming giant first released Miitomo in 2016 and since then, Nintendo has brought MarioFire Emblem, and Animal Crossing to mobile.

Mario Kart has always been popular, but it’s enjoyed something of a resurgence with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, a game that hit Nintendo’s Switch console last April. It has since sold over 7.33 million units. That’s in addition to the 8 million copies that Mario Kart 8 sold on the Wii U.

Who knew it would still have such a big following today?

Mario Kart Origins

Super Mario Kart was originally released in 1992 on the Super Nintendo as a spin-off from the beloved game Super Mario Bros. A new version was released with each console to include new characters, abilities, and courses. Here’s how much the game has changed over the years:

  • SNES – Super Mario Kart (1992) – Characters include Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Yoshi, Bowser, Donkey Kong Jr., Koopa Troopa, and Toad.
  • N64 Mario Kart 64 (1996/1997) –  Replaced Koopa Troopa and Donkey Kong, Jr. with Wario and Donkey Kong.
  • Gameboy Advanced – Mario Kart: Super Circuit (2001) – Introduced weight classes.  Peach, Yoshi, and Toad are light. Mario and Luigi are medium. Bowser, Donkey Kong, and Wario are heavy.
  • GameCube – Mario Kart: Double Dash (2003) – Introducing special items such as Fireballs, Bananas, Eggs, Mushrooms, and Shells.
  • Nintendo DS – Mario Kart DS (2005) – Online multiplayer mode
  • Mario Kart Wii (2008) – New characters include Rosalina, Dry Bowser, and Mii character feature.
  • Nintendo 3DS – Mario Kart 7 (2011) – 16 unique tracks
  • Wii U – Mario Kart 8 (2014) – Two purchasable DLC packs containing three additional characters, four vehicles, and eight tracks.
  • Nintendo Switch – Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (2017) –  Wii U version enhanced for this console.

Will You Play ‘Mario Kart Tour’?

Set to be released before March 2019, can this game live up to its past versions?  We would love to hear what you think in the comments!

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