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Mario Kart Tour Delayed To Summer

Mario and co. are still ironing out some kinks.
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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.)

What do you think of the Mario Kart Tour delay? Let us know in the comments below!

Anthony Pelone
Eating, breathing and living video games on a daily basis, Anthony is particularly fond of the Nintendo variety, but is by no means a console warrior. Somewhere in the midst of his obsession with cat pictures, he finds the time to pen about his favorite hobby. Having previously written for over three sites, Anthony remains dedicated to spreading the gospel of EarthBound.
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