Nintendo has announced on February 1 that they have a new partner, LINE and that they will co-develop a new game for mobile devices, titled Dr. Mario World.
Announcements of new games are always exciting, especially when it involves Nintendo’s characters, and this particular press release on their website was good news, considering we just learned that Mario Kart Tour had been delayed.
Looking at a chart on the website, we can see the ‘Game overview’ which doesn’t reveal much from the future game. Dr. Mario World should roll out in early summer 2019, on iOS and Android. It will be a free-to-play game and contain optional in-app purchases.
The overview says that the game will be initially released in 60 countries, the “regions including Japan and the United States.”
As for the new partner, LINE is said to have offered “services in a variety of fields to its 165 million monthly active users in four key markets (Japan, Taiwan, Thailand and Indonesia).” Some of the popular games LINE developed are Disney Tsum Tsum and Cookie Run.
Action Puzzle Game Dr. Mario World
The press release stated that “Nintendo and LINE will co-develop and jointly operate a new action puzzle game featuring Dr. Mario titled Dr. Mario World.”
Nintendo stated a while ago that they will seek to make mobile games part of their business, and they will do so through new partners.
The first mobile game was released in 2016 – Super Mario Run. Another smartphone game everyone is eager to see is Mario Kart Tour which was delayed by Nintendo, mentioning that they are seeking to “improve quality of the application and expand the content offerings after launch.”
Moreover, Nintendo wants to expand the Mario world through different means, as they also explained in the press release.
Nintendo seeks to have its entertainment products and characters like Mario, “establishing itself as a globally recognized brand that represents video game culture in the home entertainment industry.” Expect them to be promoted through the future Super Nintendo Land theme park that should be opened in 2020 and an animated Mario movie in 2022.
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