It will initially lack a multiplayer option – which analysts expect to come later – and is likely to use an in-game payment system popular in Japan, but which has been compared to gambling. "This is probably Nintendo's most critical mobile release in a long time, if not ever," said Serkan Toto, founder of game industry consultancy Kantan Games.
Nintendo has launched one of its most successful franchises on mobile for the first time, with the release of Mario Kart Tour.
Players steer characters such as Mario, Wario and Toad as they race karts over a series of colourful courses – with some inspired by real-world locations.
Nintendo hopes Mario Kart Tour will help to reverse a run of lacklustre game releases, including this year's Dr.
City courses inspired by real-world locations will be only available during specific time periods, and take place every two weeks.
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