Nintendo was a responsible for a lot of great games and a lot of great consoles in the ‘90s.
But, when it comes to picking the very best, you would struggle to find anyone who would disagree that Mario Kart on the SNES represented the pinnacle.
Boasting colourful graphics, great gameplay and a killer multiplayer mode, Mario Kart was also a game of some considerable depth and one that rewarded players who put the time and effort in.
It couldn’t be simpler: you drove around an assortment of vividly-rendered and carefully designed tracks, trying to outrace each other while dodging obstacles and picking up random weapons and power-ups to see off appointments.
It’s spawned countless brilliant sequels and reboots since, with Mario Kart 64 on the often-overlooked Nintendo 64 another worthy entry.
More recently, Mario Kart 8 Delux on the Nintendo Switch helped maintain the high standards set by the franchise. It’s not simply that Mario Kart has always been hugely enjoyable to play – it’s also kind of addictive.
So the news that Nintendo is developing an app called Mario Kart Tour, set to be unleashed on smartphones at some point in the next financial year running from April 2018 to March 2019 is huge.
The move follows the success of the company’s other recent forays into the world of smartphone gaming, with Super Mario Run faring well in 2017.
There could be even better to come too, with plans for a Legend of Zelda mobile game already in the offing.
A Mario Kart app could be a real game-changer though, offering fans a chance to compete against each other on a series of redesigned tracks.
It could leave millions all over the planet glued to their smartphones enjoying this absolute gem of a game, while leaving the competition in the dust.
On the flip side, there will be plenty unhappy at the arrival of another game likely to leave us all glued to our phone screens. Oh well.
Mario Kart is a game universally adored by an entire generation of gamers. From the looks of it, that is going to remain the case for the foreseeable future.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.