Mario Kart isn’t just a video game. In the 25 years since its release, it has become a cultural phenomenon, with each new generation falling in love with this simple, endlessly playable racing game. And this summer, the game will make a jump into the smartphone era, as a mobile version of the game, titled Mario Kart Tour, will finally be available to play. Mario Kart Tour was initially supposed to be released in March but according to a tweet from Nintendo, the release has been delayed “to improve the quality of the app and to expand the service content after delivery.”
So what can fans expect from this new game? For now, it’s not entirely clear, as Nintendo has shared little information about the highly anticipated game beyond the name and a pretty generic looking logo. When Nintendo first announced the game during an investor presentation last year, they released a statement that was both vague and dull.
“We plan to release a smart-device application from the Mario Kart franchise, Mario Kart Tour, during the next financial year (from April 2018 to March 2019),” the statement read. “We will announce further details at a later date.”
However, based on the name, it does seem like this may not be a straightforward mobile version of the classic game. Instead, don’t be surprised if Mario Kart has been tailored for the mobile platform, similar to Super Mario Run, a mobile spin-off of the Super Mario franchise. Whatever Mario Kart Tour turns out to be, we can’t wait to launch a turtle shell at our fellow racers as we try to keep from flying off Rainbow Road.