Following Nintendo’s financial briefing for the end of the fiscal year, Nintendo has let loose with a number of exciting announcements that extend beyond gaming on the Switch or 3DS.
With Switch users eagerly awaiting news on expanded online services, Nintendo has announced that Nintendo Switch Online will launch in September 2018. While Nintendo Switch Online was originally scheduled for release quite awhile ago, it seems that Nintendo is finally back on track for a firm release date. While little was said about what the paid subscription service would provide, there are plenty of ways Nintendo can expand their online services. For now, Nintendo has simply said that “The paid subscription service that expands the online functionality of the Nintendo Switch. Work is progressing on ways to further heighten the gaming experience for consumers.”
Nintendo’s next announcement was Mario Kart Tour, the next mobile app from Nintendo. No details have been given on the app other than that it will release sometime during the upcoming fiscal year (April 2018-March 2019). With Nintendo last mobile app, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, releasing three months ago, Nintendo appears ready to bring another big franchise to the mobile community. With the recent success of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe selling over 7 million copies in 2017, Nintendo seems prepared to capitalize on the Kart racing market even further.
Nintendo’s final announcement may end up being their biggest and most profitable, with news that an animated Mario movie is officially in the works. Nintendo will be partnering with Illumination Entertainment, best known for the Despicable Me and Minions movies, to produce a film starring Nintendo’s mascot. Chris Meledandri, the CEO and Founder of Illumination, will be co-producing the movie with Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto and the movie will be co-financed by Nintendo and Universal Pictures with Universal distributing the movie as well. No release date has been set, but it’s exciting to see Nintendo finally step back into the movie business so many years after the infamous Super Mario Bros. movie released over 20 years ago.
Nintendo has also said they will continue to produce DLC and in-game events to build excitement for games. So far we’ve seen DLC announced and/or released for Breath of the Wild, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Super Mario Odyssey, ARMS, and Splatoon 2 as well as in-game events like Party Crashes in ARMS and Splatfests in Splatoon 2 to retain interest in the games and keep players coming back.
With recent announcements in Nintendo Labo, Mario Kart Tour, and the animated Mario movie, Nintendo continues to surprise and delight many fans as they look to expand their boundaries and reach new audiences with their successful IPs and innovation.
Chris started loving video games at a young age, playing Super Mario World and Star Fox on his parents’ SNES. Although Nintendo (the Switch in particular these days) is still front and center for him, he also spends a fair amount of time on his PS4 and PC. He is also a huge fan of the Fire Emblem and Star Fox franchises. Chris enjoys watching basketball as well and is a huge fan of the Portland Trail Blazers.
Plays: Switch, PS4, PC.