Mario Kart mobile game delayed until summer

Mario Kart Tour has been delayed until summer

While many argued that the goal of twenty million Switch units shipped in a year was hard or even impossible to achieve, Nintendo held on to it for two quarters, but now they have finally dropped it to 17 million. Exactly a year ago, Nintendo announced that a Mario Kart game for iPhone and Android would be launched by the end of March 2019. Ultimate, Pokémon: Let's Go (which sold 10 million units), and Super Mario Party (which sold 5.3 million). Nintendo earlier had a target of 20 million Switches sold through during the financial year, this has now been lowered.

The Switch's current lifetime total is 32.27 million, and since it only came out two years ago that means it's now beating the sales trajectories of not just the Xbox 360 but every PlayStation console ever. But we'll find out soon enough, and considering Nintendo's mobile reach, it's likely to be just as big a hit.

On the software side though it's nothing but good news, as they reveal that the three months from October to December were the best ever for Switch software sales, which rose 30% from a year ago. It was scheduled to release within the current quarter but has now been set back to summer 2019.

Nintendo announced the delay within its quarterly earnings report for Q3 2018.

Instead, the company now says Mario Kart Tour will launch in the summer of 2019.

The company also noted that it would begin to focus more on "continued service operations" for games that have already been released for smartphones so customers will play them for a long time.

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