Nintendo announces free-to-play Dr Mario game for mobile

Artist's estimate of how small the rumored Nintendo Switch revision might look based on a Nikkei report

Artist's estimate of how small the rumored Nintendo Switch revision might look based on a Nikkei report

Nintendo recently announced that it will be delaying the release of Mario Kart for iOS. That's according to Nintendo's Q3 financial results that document the company's performance and earnings for the nine month period that ended December 31, 2018.

What these features are, we don't know. The gaming giant has announced that it's working on an action puzzle game entitled Dr. Mario World with Line Corp.

Dr. Mario World is being co-developed by Line, a Japanese mobile developer mainly known for the messaging app of the same name. This upholds the same standard that Nintendo carries across its flagship games, ensuring a stable release.

An "early summer" launch is the closest we have to a confirmed release date right now, putting it in the same window as Mario Kart Tour. Super Mario Run was a little rocky due to its price to play to full game while Nintendos other two RPG titles might be too complicated for a casual player.




Dr. Mario could, however, be a precedent in this regard, as it is such a simple puzzle game, that streamlining it more would actually be hard.

Time does fly when you're having fun, as long as the fun doesn't include waiting for Nintendo's Mario Kart Tour mobile game to become real.

Nintendo's shares, which fell 29 percent in 2018, have climbed 16 percent this year on optimism that the company will be able to stage a recovery. The latest of these, Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure, hit the 3DS in 2015.

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