It looks like Nintendo is finally jumping into smartphone services with its first mobile application temporarily dubbed as Mario Kart TV.
The announcement comes directly via Nintendo’s financial results briefing where Satoru Iwata confirmed that Mario Kart TV will be available alongside Wii U exclusive Mario Kart 8.
Mario Kart TV will let players share and replay gameplay videos and screenshots from their friends and official Nintendo.
Not only this, but they will also be able to see where they stack up against the rest of the world and go through official strategies and walkthroughs from Nintendo.
According to Nintendo, the service would be accessible from most Internet-enabled devices like PCs, tablets, and smartphones.
Speaking about the service, Satoru Iwata discussed how exactly the service will work:
As I mentioned at the Corporate Management Policy Briefing in January, our policy is to establish consumer relationships based on accounts named Nintendo Network IDs, which are abbreviated as NNIDs. This ‘Mario Kart TV’ (temp.) web service is available even for players without NNIDs, but by logging into the service with an NNID, they will be able to easily find their rankings, videos that their friends have shared, videos of tournaments in which they have participated, and it will be convenient to access this service through smart devices even when they are not at home.
Mario Kart 8 is slated to launch on May 30 for Wii U and its First Review is already out, courtesy of a German Magazine.
The review has awarded the game with a staggering 90% and calls it, ‘Best Fun Racer’.
In related news, Nintendo has Slashed the Wii U Target Sales and has forecasted net loss. While discussing company’s losses, Iwata said that it’s his duty to revive the business momentum.
Could Mario Kart TV be one of the many strategies that Nintendo is having up its sleeve?
Source: Nintendo Japan.