Can you believe it’s been exactly a year since Mario Kart Tour — the series’ mobile debut — was first announced? It’s true, and here’s something even crazier: Nintendo celebrated the anniversary by announcing its delay! According to their just-released Financial Highlights, Mario Kart Tour — originally scheduled for a pre-March release — has been rescheduled for summer in the interest of quality and appropriate levels of content.
With this delay hot off the heels of Metroid Prime 4‘s re-do, this may seem like a bad look, but think of it this way: with Nintendo’s mobile offerings subject to mixed financial/critical reception, Mario’s creators certainly don’t want a repeat of Super Mario Run — remember how they expressed disappointment with its financial under-performance?
On that note, some have expressed confusion over early reports of Mario Kart Tour being “free-to-start,” producing speculation there’ll be yet another Super Mario Run paywall. This likely won’t be the case: DeNA, Nintendo’s mobile partner, has utilized the same term for Fire Emblem Heroes and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, which are entirely free-to-play.
(That, and there’s always Miyamoto’s famous “A delayed game is eventually good” quote, but we imagine cynics will counter with Star Fox Zero. Regardless, the point is: let’s remain cautiously optimistic until we see the dang thing.)
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