Mario Kart 8 Mobile App Announced

During today’s financial investor meeting, Nintendo announced that Mario Kart 8 will be getting a mobile app to allow users to see and share stats and videos using Mario Kart TV. The app is set to release by the “end of the fiscal year.” President Satoru Iwata had the following to say on the announcement:

As we introduced in Mario Kart 8 Direct the other day, “Mario Kart 8” has a new feature named “Mario Kart TV” that enables players to upload racing highlight reels and share them on the Internet.
Also, we are planning to send out videos of attractive reels, and hints and tips as official Nintendo videos.

To enjoy these features even when you are not playing this game on the console, we are planning to offer a web service called “Mario Kart TV” (temp.), which also enables users to watch videos in a screen layout suitable for systems such as smart devices and computers, around the same time as the release of “Mario Kart 8.”

This is the layout for a smartphone. This web service will enable more people to easily watch Nintendo’s official videos, view rankings, watch videos that their friends have shared and videos of tournaments in which they have participated.

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.
We will work on providing this type of service so that players can enjoy video games more and be in contact with them even when they are not in front of a video game system.

Source: 1 & 2

Michael Koczwara

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MarioMaster810
MarioMaster810
May 8, 2014 3:35 AM

Shoot! I first thought this meant that the actual game was coming to mobile!

Birdo fangirl
Birdo fangirl
May 8, 2014 8:08 AM
Reply to  MarioMaster810

so did I :/

Shashwat Bhushan
Shashwat Bhushan
May 8, 2014 3:45 AM

Finally, a Nintendo mobile app! Sure, it’s not a game, but an app is an app.

Mario
Mario
May 8, 2014 6:03 AM

My first app ever!! I feel so proud!!

WaluigiTime32
WaluigiTime32
May 8, 2014 7:53 AM
Reply to  Mario

IMPOSTER!

lemer87
lemer87
May 8, 2014 2:21 PM
Reply to  WaluigiTime32

how do you know ?

WaluigiTime32
WaluigiTime32
May 9, 2014 7:50 AM
Reply to  lemer87

nvm

Sea Slug and Wagashi
Sea Slug and Wagashi
May 8, 2014 6:03 AM

…Wouldn’t it have been better to simply implement MK8 features into Miiverse and perhaps make an app of the latter?

WaluigiTime32
WaluigiTime32
May 8, 2014 7:53 AM

Wow i definitely download this form my android

Birdo fangirl
Birdo fangirl
May 8, 2014 8:08 AM

That is so cool!!

gmanextreme9
gmanextreme9
May 8, 2014 1:22 PM

This is great!

Person McPerson
Person McPerson
May 8, 2014 3:10 PM

HECK YEAH!!!

Person McPerson
Person McPerson
May 8, 2014 3:10 PM

Now they just need to make Mario games on the tablets.

Sea Slug and Wagashi
Sea Slug and Wagashi
May 8, 2014 6:56 PM

No, since that would make their hardware useless and cause them to lose money.

Roninor Derpypants
Roninor Derpypants
May 9, 2014 7:22 AM

Nope. Just nope.

Jimmy Elwell
Jimmy Elwell
May 8, 2014 6:35 PM

Well I felt like posting this so Me: GIVE ME THE BIRDO Nintendo: Wait what? aren’t you happy about the mobile a- Me: GIVE ME THE BIRDO Nintendo: Okay, okay… How about Pink Gold Peach? Me: YES!!!! WAIT NO I DIDNT MEAN THAT NO WAI- Nintendo: And we’ll even give you baby rosalina and a mii wasting a spot! Me: Oh god… people are gonna hate me… Sorry Birdo fangirl

Mr. Sushi
Mr. Sushi
May 11, 2014 2:49 PM
Reply to  Jimmy Elwell

Mii isn’t wasting a spot. It’s now included with the rest.

Guest
Guest
May 9, 2014 7:17 AM

Now where did I put my iPod Touch…

Roninor Derpypants
Roninor Derpypants
May 9, 2014 7:20 AM

21 days…

MK KINGZ
MK KINGZ
May 9, 2014 5:03 PM

Cool App