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Nintendo's Mario Kart is racing its way toward a smartphone near you

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Feb 1, 2018, 10:51 AM EST

Look out for that turtle shell and get ready to never look up from your phone again—Mario Kart is being turned into a smartphone game. The game will be called Mario Kart Tour and is set to be released in the fiscal year ending in March 2019. That's more than a year of time in which the mobile racing game can be released, but it's exciting news all the same.

After eight different iterations of the game for Nintendo consoles since 1992 (not to mention four arcade games since 2005), fans of the title won't have to shell out hundreds of dollars for a mobile console in order to play Mario Kart. It will be coming to smartphones, much as Super Mario Run on iOS and Android brought the famed plumber to mobile in late 2016.

This golden bit of gaming news comes on the heels of the announcement that the Switch outsold the Wii U in less than one year. Nintendo is also partnering with Universal's Illumination Entertainment for an animated Mario movie. The turtle-stomping plumber continues to be the company's most popular brand, with Super Mario Odyssey recently breaking a sales record for the fastest sales for a Mario game ever. 

With Mario Kart Tour on the way, we only have one question, and it may be the most important one you haven't realized yourself: Will Rainbow Road still be a super difficult stage?