Nintendo Is Making a Mario Kart Game for Your Smartphone
Start your engines: Nintendo has announced a brand new Mario Kart title, and this time, it's available on your smartphone. According to the company's Twitter, Mario Kart Tour will be released sometime before March 2019.
Though no other details are known at this time, Mario Kart Tour marks the next chapter of Nintendo's foray into mobile gaming. It joins other titles like Super Mario Run and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, as well as a rumored Legend of Zelda mobile title, first reported by the Wall Street Journal.
The checkered flag has been raised and the finish line is near. A new mobile application is now in development: Mario Kart Tour! #MarioKartTour Releasing in the fiscal year ending in March 2019. pic.twitter.com/8GIyR7ZM4z
—Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) February 1, 2018
What is known, however, is that it's likely to make the company a decent chunk of change: Nintendo revealed Pocket Camp pulled in over 22 million downloads and $17 million since its release back in November 2017. Not too shabby, and that's with a franchise only a fraction as beloved as Mario Kart. The most recent Mushroom Kingdom racer, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, set a record as the fastest-selling title in the series, moving nearly half a million copies on launch day alone.
With Nintendo's growing library of smartphone titles, you might not even need a console for much longer. Game on.
This story originally appeared on Esquire.com. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.