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Nintendo will release a Mario Kart mobile game by March 2019

Mario Kart Tour will launch in the next financial year, the publisher said today

Nintendo will launch a mobile game based on the Mario Kart franchise by March 2019, the company has told investors.

The new game will be called Mario Kart Tour, and it will launch at some point in the next financial year: between April 2018 and March 2019. Nintendo has no other details on the product at this point in time.

However, it did offer an update on the rest of its mobile portfolio, the cornerstone of which remains Super Mario Run. Nintendo didn't offer a specific update on the 200 million lifetime downloads it reported in October last year, but it did confirm that Mario's mobile debut has a base of 20 million monthly active users.

"This game helps to maximize the number of people who have access to Nintendo IP by providing a Mario game that a wide variety of users around the world can enjoy," the company said.

The company's last mobile release was Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, and Nintendo had no specific figures around downloads or monetisation to offer. However, it did reveal that female players, "make up a high percentage of the user base."

Most of those players are adults, the company said, and an accompanying graphic suggested the proportion of female players is higher than 75 per cent.

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