Nintendo Switch Paid Online & Mario Kart Mobile App Coming Soon

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Nintendo’s latest financial briefing confirmed a release window for the Nintendo Switch’s paid online service as well as the reveal of Mario Kart Tour coming to mobile phones.

Nintendo Switch Online, the official moniker for the paid online gaming service, will launch this September. Details are promised soon, but for now it is known the service will cost users around $20 USD annually and offers a catalog of NES and Super NES games to play as long as you are a subscriber.

Mario Kart‘s mobile outing is entitled Mario Kart Tour and is scheduled to launch in the 2019 Fiscal Year beginning April 2018 and ending March 2019. Nothing else about the in-development app was detailed, from a pricing model to how Mario Kart will be adapted for mobile play.

The other major announcement from Nintendo’s briefing was the confirmation of a Super Mario movie made in collaboration with Illumination Entertainment. The full English transcript from the briefing include further tidbits about the 3DS’ future and user demographics.

About Alex Irish

When he's not writing about games, Alex Irish is an illustrator and animation expert. His favorite gaming franchise is Pokémon, full-stop, but his favorite game of all time is Resident Evil 4. He attended the first-ever IGN House Party and is a five-time attendee of the Ottowa International Animation Festival.