Nintendo Made a Trio of Announcements on Twitter Tonight!

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Nintendo surprised just about everyone tonight by taking to Twitter and making three significant announcements. It’s not unusual for Nintendo to take different routes than other companies to make announcements.  But, this is the first time I’ve seen three tweets in almost rapid fire succession making announcements that would have been worthy of a press release.

Nintendo Switch Online

Nintendo finally confirmed the name of their upcoming online service aptly named Nintendo Switch Online. They also announced that the service will be releasing in September 2018. This is different from what they originally projected, but they have been giving the service away at no cost up until this point so no one can really complain.

According to an article on The Verge the Nintendo Switch Online service will cost either $3.99 per month or $19.99 per year. This is significantly lower in cost when you compare it to other online services like PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold. The service will obviously include online play, but it will also include access to a suite of older Nintendo games. These older games will be updated to include things like online multiplayer and leader boards. Nintendo has confirmed that they will be providing more updates on that feature later on in the year likely as we get closer to the release of the service.

Mario Kart Tour

Nintendo also sent out a tweet confirming that a game called Mario Kart Tour will be releasing in the fiscal year ending in March 2019 for mobile devices.

So far Nintendo’s mobile games have been a mixed bag some of them have been great while others have been less so. Super Mario Kart is one  Nintendo’s strongest franchises. This has especially been true in recent years so I’m excited to see what they bring to the mobile scene.

We don’t know any details but the fact that it will be here within the fiscal year that ends on March 2019 means that will have it in about a year. That in and of itself is pretty exciting.

Super Mario Brothers Movie

Lastly, Nintendo sent a tweet indicating that they are teaming with Illumination and partnering on a movie starring Mario. The movie will be co-produced by Shigeru Miyamoto and Chris Meledandri.

We don’t know any other details but we can assume that since Illumination is involved this will be an animated feature. Illumination is best known for the despicable me series and most recently the minions.

I think it is reasonable to have concerns considering the questionable quality of the recent Minions movies. But, The Secret Life of Pets and the original Despicable Me were great movies. Here’s hoping that the Super Mario movie is more like the latter and less like the former.


 

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