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Why Nintendo delayed the launch of Mario Kart Tour until the summer?


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After the success of the adaptation for mobile devices of games such as Super Mario Run and Fire Emblem Heroes, Nintendo announced exactly a year ago behind his decision to bring Mario Kart Tour to phones and tablets in the first quarter of 2019.

However, it seems that the fans of the saga of Mario will have to muster the patience. The long-awaited game, which was scheduled for a release at the end of march, still not ready, and Nintendo announced that its launch will be postponed until the summer of this year, the second delay one of their games in a week. According to a press release attached to the report of quarterly earnings of the company, the decision was made “to improve the quality of the application and expand the content offerings after the launch”.

It is hard to deny that Mario Kart is a franchise that attracts the interest of new and old players. A clear example is Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, one of the titles of the most recent series, which has sold more than 7 million units, which means that approximately half of all owners of a Nintendo Switch bought a copy of the game.

It’s worth noting that Nintendo was not at all happy with the sales figures of Super Mario Run, and perhaps the company is betting on Mario Kart Tour to overcome this problem. And if it is a full experience, with a variety of tracks and multiplayer mode, could be a safe bet.

Beyond knowing your name, the details of the new mobile game are still kept hidden, but it is expected the typical racing action typical of Mario and his gang. The delay of the release date suggests that the developers are still in the mode of perfecting the creation, but with Mario Kart available on several platforms and in various forms since 1992, we have a pretty clear idea of what to expect.

What is known is that Mario Kart Tour, the fifth game for smart phones Nintendo might take a page from the book of ideas from Super Mario Run. According to a tweet from a reporter for the Wall Street Journal, Mario Kart Tour will be “free to start” when it launches on iOS and Android devices.

What does this mean exactly? When Super Mario Run is launched in 2016, the iOS users could download the app for free and try the world first before you pay more than $10 for the full experience. Although they have revealed few details about the incursion of Mario Kart in smart phones, the nature of this game could lend itself well to this model.

Although the model of home free makes a lot of sense for a title like Mario Kart Tour, being that Nintendo has not released any concrete information about it, it is always possible to follow the path of their other mobile games with a freemium model with shopping internal. Remember that both Fire Emblem Heroes such as Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp offered experiences “free” with microtransactions, that tried to attract users.

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