Nintendo is bringing another of its biggest franchises to smartphones and tablets. This time, it's Mario Kart.

Mario Kart Tour will launch sometime before the end of the next financial year - so, before the end of March 2019. There's no word yet on whether it will be paid-for or free-to-play.

Exactly how close it will stick to the current Mario Kart formula is unclear, too.

Mario Kart Tour will follow the release of smartphone games themed around Miis, Mario, Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing - which have had mixed fortunes. Fire Emblem Heroes, a free-to-play game, has made the most money for Nintendo. But Animal Crossing has performed well, too - and reaches an audience which is more than 75 per cent female.

On Switch, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has now sold 7.33m copies, making it Switch's second biggest game behind Super Mario Odyssey - and ahead of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. A smartphone version makes a lot of sense, then, but Nintendo will want to steer clear of cannibalising the series' sales on Switch.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. For more information, go here.

Jump to comments (26)

About the author

Tom Phillips

Tom Phillips

News Editor

Tom is Eurogamer's news editor. He writes lots of news, some of the puns and all the stealth Destiny articles.

More articles by Tom Phillips

Comments (26)

Comments for this article are now closed, but please feel free to continue chatting on the forum!

Hide low-scoring comments


Mario Kart 8 Deluxe amiibo list for every Mii racing suit costume

How to dress your Mii like Sonic, Mega Man and other famous faces.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe unlockables, including how to unlock Gold kart parts and Gold Mario

Prepare to play a lot of tracks to get everything you need.

Mario Kart 8 guide: Tips, tricks and everything you need to know about the Deluxe edition on Switch

From mastering drifts to holding onto first place, we've got some essential tips and tricks for winning more of your Mario Kart 8 races.