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Yep, Mario Kart for smartphones is going to be a thing as Nintendo confirms the racing series will arrive between April this year and March 2019. Which is a bit vague but is something to look forward to.

The Japanese gaming giant has confirmed the much-loved racing series will make the jump to smartphones sometime between April this year and March 2019, with a game called Mario Kart Tour.

Sadly, no details on what exactly the game will entail have been shared by Nintendo, but the franchise is one of the company’s biggest.

First released on the SNES in 1992, the series has since become one of Nintendo’s most popular.

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Mario Kart for smartphones follows a trend as Nintendo has placed increased focus on mobile games in recent years, having launched its first handful of official titles from an extensive catalogue of games.

Mario himself has already made the jump to mobile in Super Mario Run, which debuted on the iPhone in 2016.

However it received mixed reviews because of the need for a constant internet connection and high price (£9.99) to unlock the full game.

As a result, initial reaction to the announcement of Mario Kart Tour has also been divided.

Mario Kart has also had recent success on the Nintendo Switch, where a port of existing game Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has sold more than seven million copies.

As part of a series of announcements, Nintendo also confirmed that its long-awaited online gaming service for the Switch will launch in September.

And Super Mario will also be getting his very own movie, which is being developed in partnership with the studio behind Despicable Me.

Mario Kart for smartphones is all very exciting. But did you know Mario is no longer a plumber?

Nintendo has officially confirmed that Mario, the star of many of the biggest games of the last 30 years, is no longer a plumber.

Famous for his blue dungarees and jumping abilities, Mario has arguably spent much of the last three decades doing anything but plumbing. Saving the Mushroom Kingdom has been his day job, so the move shouldn’t be much of a surprise.

However the much-loved character’s backstory is heavily based on his plumbing past – and Mario uses Warp Pipes to move between locations in many of the video games in which he features.

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The character’s official profile on Nintendo’s Japanese language site has been updated, which references Mario’s work as a plumber as now very much a thing of the past:

Via Google Translate, it says: “Actually, there seems to have been work on ‘plumber’ a long time ago…”.

There are some other occupations in Mario’s past too, according to creator Shigeru Miyamoto, who has previously described Mario as “basically a carpenter” when he appeared in the original Donkey Kong, which was set on a building site.

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