A smaller, cheaper Nintendo Switch might be coming this year

Deanna Kelley
February 2, 2019

Nintendo recently announced that it will be delaying the release of Mario Kart for iOS. The film, set in the world of Super Mario Bros., will be co-financed by Universal Pictures and Nintendo and distributed theatrically worldwide by Universal Pictures. Nintendo also owns a five percent share of mobile developer Cygames, which released action-RPG Dragalia Lost with Nintendo past year. It will be an action puzzle game titled Dr. Mario World, and it's slated for a global release (including Japan and the US) sometime this summer.

As with all of Nintendo's recent mobile games (Fire Emblem Heroes, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp), Dr. Mario World will be free to download with in-app purchases.

Originally launched in 1990 for the NES, Dr. Mario is a game that somewhat resembles Tetris.

Nintendo said Thursday its net profit jumped almost 25 percent for the nine months to December, riding out the crucial holiday season thanks to blockbuster game titles for its popular Switch console. For you Mario fans, you'll already know that this won't be the first time we've seen Mario in a lab coat.

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Mario Kart Tour, which was initially announced over a year ago, is also now planned for a launch on mobile phones in mid-2019, according to Nintendo.

Products like Pikachu dolls and other merchandise featuring Nintendo characters, such as a Monopoly board game starring Super Mario, are some examples of how the company hopes to cash in on its rich content.

Nintendo fans have a lot to be excited about this year. This is all for now, folks.

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