Smaller Nintendo Switch handheld reportedly in the works

Mario Kart mobile game delayed until summer

Nintendo first confirmed Mario Kart Tour for mobile exactly one year ago today.

The Dr. Mario series is essentially a take on the Columns and Tetris formula, as you match pills with viruses to complete the level.

Nintendo has confirmed that the launch of Mario Kart Tour has been pushed back to this summer.

A new report suggests that a smaller version of Nintendo Switch will be released in 2019 which will cost less, but remove features to focus on portability as a result.

Nintendo's president says the Kyoto-based video game maker behind the Super Mario and Pokemon franchises is counting on business outside the game sector for future growth as sales for its Switch console machines fall short of forecasts. The company said that "couldn't comment" on their plans for the product, but has informed multiple suppliers and game development companies that they intend to release them as early as 2019. It's going to be free to download, and it will include optional in-app purchases.

Nintendo officials acknowledged challenges of getting more people to play games. Nintendo has used similar cooldown timers in games like Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp and Fire Emblem Heroes, though other Nintendo-developed mobile titles have used other monetization methods. There's no shortage of addictive and profitable matching games on smartphones and, depending on how the game is styled, Dr. Mario World could end up likewise. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the best selling Switch game to date, with 15.02 million copies sold.

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