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Mario Kart 8 took the Wii U by storm and continued to garner success with the Switch port, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Knowing Nintendo’s dedication to its core intellectual properties, there is no doubt a ninth entry is somewhere on the horizon. The question is, does it have a release date yet? The Switch is still slated to receive a host of new first-party titles, but, so far, a Mario Kart 9 release date isn’t among them. There is, however, another option for gamers looking to get their taste of the Mushroom Kingdom’s competitive racing.
Back in January 2019, Nintendo revealed it was bringing Mario Kart to mobile platforms with Mario Kart Tour. While not technically part of the numbered series, Tour will likely share some of the key features of the cart racing series, including the dreaded Blue Shell. The problem is, Nintendo hasn’t provided any details regarding the mobile title. Not even an official release date.
Mario Kart Goes Mobile
Originally planned for a March 2019 release, Nintendo immediately pushed backMario Kart Tour’s launch date to a tentative summer timeframe. In the time since the reveal, Nintendo has remained tight-lipped about how Tour will play out on mobile units. There’s not even an indication of whether it will work on both Android and iOS operating systems. It is worth noting that Nintendo’s previous mobile game, Super Mario Run, was compatible on both.
Mario Kart Tour is sure to find the same success as Super Mario Run, a side-scrolling mobile runner. The two games may be different, but fans of the plumber are drawn to new games, regardless of the platform. Not every mobile release has been a hit for Nintendo, however.
In March 2016, Nintendo released Miitomo for iOS and Android as a freemium social networking app. Despite an initial surge of registered users that grew to three million within 24 hours, Miitomo user activity was underwhelming. According to SurveyMonkey, only a quarter of those that downloaded the app actually used it.
As for the absent Mario Kart 9 release date? Since Nintendo was able to port over Mario Kart 8 in 2017, three years after its original release, it’s quite likely that the developer bought itself some time between a new full release. There was a three-year gap between the Nintendo 3DS exclusive Mario Kart 7 and a six-year break between the Wii and Wii U console titles. With its focus on Mario Kart Tour and other upcoming releases like Metroid Prime 4, Luigi’s Mansion 3, Super Mario Maker 2, and Animal Crossing Switch, a new Mario racing title may be quite a ways away.