Mario Kart 8 is likely one of the spectacular “long-tail” success tales ever. The sport was first launched in 2017, and but, it was the top-selling sport within the UK in 2022. General, the sport has bought over 8 million copies on Wii U and 37 million on Change, making it not solely essentially the most profitable sport within the collection, however one in every of Nintendo’s greatest video games ever (taking pack-in video games out of the equation, solely the unique Pokemon has bought extra). Satirically, Mario Kart 8 has been so successful it type of killed the momentum for a sequel – why make one other one when the present sport continues to be doing ridiculous numbers?
Effectively, it appears a brand new Mario Kart could lastly be taking place. As a part of a 2022 predictions article at GamesIndustry.biz, analyst and trade insider Dr. Serkan Toto let slip that he’s heard Mario Kart 9 is in “lively improvement” and could also be at the least teased this 12 months…
I’m conscious Mario Kart 8 Deluxe continues to be promoting very effectively on the Nintendo Change, however Mario Kart 9 is in lively improvement (and comes with a brand new twist) and Nintendo may tease it this 12 months.
After all, take this with a grain of salt for now, however Dr. Toto has confirmed he has the products previously, significantly concerning Japanese firms. Toto additionally claims we’ll seemingly see one other main Nintendo IP make the bounce to cellular this 12 months, following a pair years of Nintendo largely ignoring the market.
On cellular, Nintendo has been very silent since Mario Kart Tour’s launch in 2019, however I believe 2022 is after we will see a longtime IP arriving on good units once more.
Mario Kart 8 will probably be a tough act to comply with, because it’s nonetheless stands as probably the greatest arcade racers ever made, however I’m desirous to see what Nintendo is cooking up. What do you assume? What may the brand new “twist” be?