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Nintendo Announces Mario Kart for Smartphones

Classic racing video game transformed into smartphone app

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Sophomore Bridget Langenfeld looking at a picture released of Mario Kart Tour

Sophomore Bridget Langenfeld looking at a picture released of Mario Kart Tour

Photo by Gracie Killgore

Photo by Gracie Killgore

Sophomore Bridget Langenfeld looking at a picture released of Mario Kart Tour

Gracie Killgore, Staff Reporter

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Over 25 years after the first Mario Kart game came out, Nintendo has decided to release a new app called Mario Kart Tour that will be available for smartphones. The game is scheduled to be released anywhere between April 2018 and March 2019.

Mario Kart Tour is still in development and is the fifth game created for smartphones from Nintendo. Although there are few details available about the game itself, Nintendo has revealed a logo for Mario Kart Tour.

Due to its name, Mario Kart Tour will most likely be a spin-off from the original Mario Kart. The first Mario Kart, called Super Mario Kart, launched in 1992, and the Wii version of Mario Kart came out in 2008 and has been loved by many Skutt Catholic students.

The latest Mario Kart game released was Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. It is currently only available on Nintendo switch and has sold 7.3 million copies.

The main concept of Mario Kart is racing and utilizing power-ups throughout the game. It is speculated that Mario Kart Tour will also be focused on steering and employing power-ups to defeat racing opponents. Some people enjoy Mario Kart but are unimpressed with its minimal storyline.

“The best part about Mario Kart is the social aspect; it is an enjoyable game with a weak storyline,” said Skutt Catholic teacher Mr. Koneck-Wilcox (KW). “Heck yes, I am interested in playing Mario Kart Tour, I think it is a great way to interact with people and it is a better use of a cell phone for social interaction,“ continued KW.

Many Skutt Catholic students are eager for the new Nintendo game to be released and hope it will be as entertaining as the Mario Kart they grew up playing.

“I liked Mario Kart as a kid, but I don’t have much interest in playing the game now, however, I would like to see what it looks like in comparison to the original game,” said Skutt Catholic sophomore Ansley Nelson.

“I’m excited for Mario Kart Tour to come out because I wonder how Nintendo will put Mario Kart into an app and what will be different from playing the game on my Nintendo as a kid,” said Skutt Catholic sophomore Bridget Langenfeld. “I don’t think that it should only be for video game consoles, although I do think it’s better to play on a bigger screen,” Langenfeld continued.

Hopefully, the new Mario Kart will be as beloved as the original and meet the expectations of Skutt Catholic students.

Gracie Killgore

Gracie joined The Flightline in January of 2018. She is a junior this year, involved in tennis, HOSA and FBLA . Outside of school, she enjoys online shopping, hanging out with friends and watching Netflix. You can email her at [email protected]

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