Nintendo’s much-anticipated Mario Kart Tour game for iOS devices won’t be ready for prime time until sometime this summer.
The decision has been made “in order to improve quality of the application and expand the content offerings after launch,” according to a statement contained within Nintendo’s quarterly earnings released today. It’s the second major Nintendo title hit with a delay this month; last week the company announced that the much-anticipated Metroid Prime 4’s development is being completely rebooted.
Little is known about the game, other than its original release timeframe of before March 2019. The game is expected to use the same free-to-play model that four other Nintendo mobile titles use, with available in-app purchases.
Even though some players have accused developers of “free-to-play” games of instead making “pay-to-win” games that require players to speed their advance through a game, it has become increasingly popular among mobile developers as they find it a more reliable revenue stream than convincing gamers to pay for a game upfront.
We’ll keep you posted if we hear of a more specific release data for Mario Kart Tour.