Nintendo News Recap: Mario Kart Coming to Smartphones, Animated Mario Movie Confirmed


The Switch online service will also finally launching this fall. 

A few days ago, Nintendo held its latest Financial Results Briefing, a presentation catered towards investors showing the success of the company over the past year. The briefing had a surprisingly large number of huge announcements, so lets run through them. 

Nintendo Switch Online

The online service for the Nintendo Switch is finally set to launch this September. It’s hard to believe that the incredibly successful portable console still doesn’t have a dedicated online service despite being available for almost a year (and having online games like ARMS or Splatoon 2), but we do know a few key details revealed earlier. The service is tentatively priced at $19.99 for a year subscription, which will allow players to use the online modes of their games and also give them access to classic NES games with online features, similar to PlayStation Plus. 

Asking Switch owners to pay for the online features/multiplayer after it’s been free for this long is asking a lot, so hopefully some killer apps will come along in September (cough…SMASH…cough).

Mario Kart is Going Mobile

With successes like Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp and Fire Emblem Fates under their belts, the Big N is set to bring another super popular series to your smartphone. Mario Kart Tour is now in development, and will release between April 2018 and March 2019. No other details were provided, but racing games (if done right) can work really well on mobile, and the Mario Kart tities are consistently fun, so we’re hoping for the best. 

 

A Mario Movie is Happening (from the Minions studio)

It’s official: an animated Super Mario Bros.movie is coming. Nintendo is partnering with Illumination Entertainment, the studio behind the Despicable Me movies, for a film starring the world famous plumber. The film will be co-financed by Nintendo and Universal Pictures, with Universal handling worldwide distribution. 

Mama mia. We love Mario, but Illumination? The Minions studio? We’re already dreading having to watch Goombas and Toads stumbling over each other and blurting out gibberish for an hour and a half; but again, it’s Nintendo, so we have faith. 

Nintendo is in a good spot right now. The Switch is selling like crazy, they’re moving into uncharted territory with the Mario movie, and not to mention Super Nintendo World, their themed land in Universal Parks opening in a few years. We’re super excited to see what they do next. 

Wait a minute…we already got a Super Mario Bros. movie! And it was great! 

Neverminditwastheworstthingeversorry. 

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Jake Culhane

Jake Culhane

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