An analyst with inside sources claims that a new Mario Kart for Nintendo Switch could be announced this year.
The Switch has already played host to sequels from almost all of Nintendo’s biggest franchises but with one awkward exception: Mario Kart.
It’s awkward because while Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the best-selling game on the Switch (and Nintendo’s third biggest game of all time) it’s really just a Wii U port and technically there hasn’t been a new entry for the current console.
Traditionally, there’s only ever one Mario Kart game per format but given Mario Kart 8 is a grey area there’s been much speculation as to whether Nintendo will release another for the Switch. According to respected analyst Dr Serkan Toto though Mario Kart 9 is already in development.
Toto was taking part in a GamesIndustry.biz feature in which a number of analysts make predictions about the coming year and look back at their ones from last year – an impressive percentage of which have proven correct.
However, the comment about Mario Kart 9 is not a prediction but something Toto claims to have insider knowledge of, as well as the fact that Nintendo is planning to release a new mobile game based on an established IP.
‘I am aware Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is still selling very well on the Nintendo Switch, but Mario Kart 9 is in active development (and comes with a new twist) and Nintendo could tease it this year’, says Toto.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was recently the best-selling game during Black Friday, so from a business point of view there really doesn’t seem to be any need for a new game – since sales of the new title would inevitability cannibalise those of Deluxe.
Only time will tell whether Toto’s sources are accurate but while the other predictions in the article are essentially just educated guesses there are some interesting suggestions.
Piers Harding-Rolls of Ampere Analysis, for example, predicts that Nintendo is planning a new next gen console for 2024 and that the mythical Switch Pro will probably never be released.
He also predicts that Sony will release a new rival to Game Pass (something that has already been hinted at), while multiple analysts agree that the Quest 2 will continue to lead the VR market.
There’s no agreement on the future of NFTs and the metaverse though, with some suggesting the former will quickly fizzle out but no-one certain when the metaverse will become a serious factor in gaming or even what it really is.
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