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Nintendo Announces a Mario Kart Mobile Game

That's not all: The company is also releasing a Mario movie.


This week, Nintendo made two big announcements about the world’s most famous plumber. First, the video game behemoth is releasing a smartphone version of the beloved Mario Kart game. Second, they’re also making a Mario movie.

Rumors of a Mario movie have actually been swirling around the internet for months, but Nintendo didn’t confirm the news until yesterday. At this point, little is known about the upcoming film but, of course, that hasn’t stopped fans from trying to decipher the tweet for any clues. Number one of which was that the announcement mentions a “movie starring Mario” rather than a Mario movie. In a similar fashion, Nintendo offered limited details about the Mario Kart mobile game, except that it will be called Mario Kart Tour and released sometime before March 2019.

Both announcements are certain to excite longtime fans of Luigi’s brother, but they also demonstrate Nintendo’s commitment to replicating Mario’s video game success on platforms that the company’s struggled with in the past. For example, while the Nintendo Switch has been a smash hit, Nintendo’s still failed to gain any real traction in mobile gaming. By bringing one of the most iconic games ever to iPhones and other smart devices, it’s clear they want to be a major player in smartphone gaming.

As for the movie, well, it’s been almost 25 years since the disastrous live-action Super Mario Brothers became one of biggest flops in the history of film. Having steered clear of the big screen ever since, Nintendo is finally ready to try again ⏤ and, thankfully, this time they’re going animated.