Nintendo is Bringing Mario Kart to Smartphones!
If you’re a fan of Mario Kart, I have terrific news for you. One of Nintendo’s largest video game franchises will be making a transition to smartphones. The news comes from Nintendo, which announced in an earnings call last week what millions of fans have been clamoring for years. The game will be called Mario Kart Tour, and it’s currently “in development” by the Japanese developer and publisher.
No specific timetable has been given for the game’s release, but Nintendo did say that it will be available on smartphones and tablets “in the next financial year.” In other words, that timetable extends from April 2018 to March 2019.
The wait is going to be a little longer, but at least we now know that it’s coming.
You can also expect the same gameplay that we’ve come to know and love to be featured in the new game. It might take a while getting used to driving those cars on a smartphone, but that’s a minuscule issue relative to the ground-breaking announcement that the game is finally arriving on hand-held platforms.
Regardless if you’re a fan of Mario Kart or not, the game’s arrival as a mobile app is big news for fans of the franchise. It’s also a big break for Nintendo, which has so far received tepid reviews from its other mobile titles not named Super Mario Run.
Ready, get set, go, ladies and gentlemen. Mario Kart is finally coming to your smartphones.
For those of us that grew up in the era of the Nintendo Entertainment System – no, not the Wii, DS, DSi, 3DS, Nintendo 64, or even the Super Nintendo – many of us got our first taste of driving from glitchy and graphic-light video games. One game that gave us our drive-it and shoot-em-up fix all in one was Spy Hunter, which debuted as a cabinet game – yeah, remember those big things – in 1983. Imagine it as Grand Theft Auto only 25-plus years ago, minus the out-of-car stuff.
Though the game is not one of my particular favorites, you just couldn’t pass up on a bad-ass rig, known as the G-1655 Interceptor that had more guns strapped to it than a warship. Unfortunately, the G-6155 was originally an early-1980s Camaro, boasting its emissions-choked 305-cubic-inch V-8.
Well, this game has been modernized and is set to be released next month with a completely redesigned and re-imagined G-1655. This rig is some weird hybrid of a supercar, kind of like a Lamborghini Aventador, Gallardo, and Reventon all got together one night and had a good old time.
Add a few massive cannons to the hood, some rocket launchers flanking it, a massive gun to its roof and various other defense systems, and you have one supercar we would never give a bad review.
To boot, the enemies that it’s thrashing to hell and back in the teaser video just happen to be a few very lightly disguised Mustangs. The Mustang-ites will likely have a wah-fest over that one…
Any who, the game drops for the PlayStation Vita and Nintendo 3DS on October 9th, so if you’re feeling a little retro and want to drop $40 to satisfy your retro urges and take out some automotive frustrations, feel free to snag this game up. It’s bound to be a blast.
The Nintendo 3DS is cool for a number of reasons. One, it’s hand-held, which means that you can play it anywhere and at anytime. Two, it’s the first hand-held video game unit that boasts of 3D technology, and those that have the 3DS have had nothing but praise for all the 3D awesomeness they enjoy.
And now, die-hard fans of Formula One will be happy to know that F1 2011, the sequel to the BAFTA award-winning F1 2010 game, is getting prepped to have versions for both the 3DS and the Sony’s successor to the PSP, the NGP. The 3DS and the NGP joins the Playstation 3, the Xbox 360, and PC as available consoles where F1 2011 can be played in. As it stands, the game is scheduled to drop in stores starting September 20, 2011.
While it should make for some pretty exciting racing with all these consoles, the 3DS version is what’s looking to be the most interesting of the lot. Watching a Formula One race in 3D is one thing, but actually playing a game that supports the same high-tech format is a completely different thing.
As part of the game, players will be tasked to compete in a wide rage of competitive and co-operative multiplayer components, including a career mode that puts you in the driver seat of one of the fastest machines on the planet going nose-to-nose with the official teams and race drivers of the 2011 FIA F1 World Championship.
Needless to say, the 3DS version of the 2011 F1 game is what’s getting us all geeked up about it. September can’t come soon enough, can it?