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Gaming: Mario Kart mobile delayed; Switch nears N64 sales record; Microsoft Super Bowl ad

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Jan 31, 2019

Today’s gaming roundup has a few pieces of Nintendo news and then a heartwarming Microsoft ad that has no reason being so sweet. But first let’s prepare our hearts and tear ducts with a little bit of corporate economics.

According to Variety, fans anticipating Nintendo’s mobile entry into its Mario Kart racing franchise, Mario Kart Tour, will have to wait a little longer than expected. The smartphone title was previously aimed for this fiscal year, which ends in March. However, a delay was needed to “improve quality of the application and expand the content offerings after launch,” Nintendo explained in a statement. Since the Nintendo Switch’s Mario Kart 8 is simply a port of an older Wii U game, this was to be the first new Mario Kart game since 2014.

That said, some rumors swirl that the game’s delay could also be meant to tie to an announcement for a new, proper Switch Mario KartMario Kart Tour is now scheduled for a summer release.

And that’s a possibility, considering how gangbusters the console is doing in sales. According to Engadget’s review of Nintendo’s sales figures from last quarter, the company’s latest offering is coming up on its Nintendo 64 sales record. Adding 9.41 million new Switch sales brings the console’s total to 32.27M — just 660,000 short of the lifetime run of the N64, which was a massive success all its own.

That said, after a wildly optimistic sales goal of 20M for the year, the company has scaled back expectations to just 17M. That’s still about 2.5M left to sell in the final quarter of the fiscal year, but with the release of heavy hitters like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Pokemon: Let's Go (both Pikachu and Eevee editions), which both made killings, the numbers are quite possible. Newer first-party titles will likely drive most of the sales, though details on the upcoming Nintendo games are scarce.

Finally, it’s time for a Super Bowl ad. Continuing the commercial series Microsoft started back in November, highlighting the gaming exploits of Owen (a boy with Escobar Syndrome who uses the accessibility-focused Xbox Adaptive Controller to win big), the Xbox One company’s ad for the big game is titled “We All Win” and continues along this important theme.

Check it out:

Are you sniffling yet? Good. The customizable controller allows for all types of control schemes and play styles that previous controllers simply haven’t offered. The Xbox Adaptive Controller sells for $99.99 and is available now.

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