Earlier today we shared a report from Nikkei announcing a Mario Kart 8 website or app in translated comments from a Satoru Iwata press conference. Now that the translated investor briefing has been released we have some more firm details and a screen of the service in action.
This will be a web service to launch around the same time as Mario Kart 8, rather than a dedicated platform-specific app for iOS and Android; it's adopting a similar approach to the Miiverse web browser site, in that respect. It'll offer a variety of neat tools and features, as outlined by Satoru Iwata below.
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.
The use of Nintendo Network IDs to customise the content shown should be a fun feature, and by opting for a web app that will mean access regardless of what device is in use.
Do you like the look of this Mario Kart TV service?