While it appears that Nintendo are expanding further into the mobile games market, you may have to wait a little longer before you can play more classic Mario titles on your phone.
After being announced in 2018, Nintendo initially claimed that Mario Kart Tour would release in the first quarter of 2019. However, according to a financial report from Nintendo, Tour is to be delayed until the summer of 2019. The reasons for this are fairly vague, with Nintendo wanting to improve quality and ensuring that more content is on offer after launch.
What this confirms is that extra content will be planned once the mobile title launches - which isn’t exactly surprising, as Nintendo have to profit from the game somehow. What may be slightly more worrying, however, is that no content, other than a project logo has been released. With so little to go on, the profits of this game could be questionable before it even hits the App Store.
What Nintendo have said about Dr. Mario World is that it will be free to play, and will release simultaneously in 60 as yet unnamed countries.
Perhaps to balance this troubling news, soon after this delay, Nintendo announced an entirely new mobile game in the form of Dr. Mario World. Like other mobile games from Nintendo, this will be co-developed, this time round in cooperation with South Korean developers LINE Corporation and NHN Entertainment. Similarly to Mario Kart Tour, few details about the game have been released as of yet.
What Nintendo have said about Dr. Mario World is that it will be free to play, and will release simultaneously in 60 as yet unnamed countries. This lack of information is much less worrying. Dr. Mario as a brand is much more predictable - we all know how it plays and what it looks like. Additionally, it will be difficult to mess up a game that is both so simple and well suited to the mobile platform.