Nintendo reported this week its financial report for the last quarter of 2018, with a 26% increase in profits and a total revenue of $ 5.59 billion. However, in the midst of data, figures and financial information also came the sad news of the postponement of the version of Mario Kart for mobile phones.
Another step in a strategy that has been working for some years, bringing branded characters into unprecedented and exclusive mobile games, the race title was planned to arrive until March. However, according to Nintendo, the need for additional work will make him lose that prediction, and is now scheduled to launch sometime between the end of the first half and the beginning of the second.
The company did not give many details about the game, titled Mario Kart Tour, nor showed pictures. As with other Nintendo games released for mobile, the version must be exclusive and bring features dedicated to mobile games, not a simple port of titles already existing in other platforms. More reasons for the postponement, too, were not given, and the news of the delay came more as an alert to investors that the issue would arrive only in the next fiscal year, not the current one, than as a note to gamers.
In compensation, also this Thursday (31), Nintendo announced another expansion of its library of mobile games. This time it is the plumber in his parallel work as a doctor who will land on cell phones, with Dr. Mario World, whose launch is scheduled for mid-2019, also between the end of the first half and the beginning of the second.
Again, details were not disclosed and, via Twitter, Nintendo only showed the game logo, which will be developed in partnership with the Japanese company Line (yes, the same as the messaging application). Dr. Mario World has been described as a game of puzzles and action – the franchise, since its genesis in the 1990s, is geared towards the combination of parts and colors according to special conditions at each stage, with the doctor battling diseases with the help of pills.