Nintendo might have delayed the release of Mario Kart Tour until summer 2019, but to make up for it, it has now revealed a classic series dating back to the NES era is targeting a global release on iOS and Android devices around the same time.
If you haven't caught the Dr. Mario puzzle bug before, you might have a real chance this time around as the virus spreads like never before. In an announcement over on Twitter, Nintendo said Dr. Mario World was targeting an early summer 2019 release worldwide. Here's the official tweet tweet below:
Dr. Mario World will be co-developed by LINE and NHN Entertainment. It will be free to download and include optional in-app purchases. The game will be available in multiple languages and will initially be available in 60 countries/regions. Here's a bit about the partnership between the three companies, direct from a Nintendo press release:
Utilizing both companies’ strengths, Nintendo and LINE will co-develop and jointly operate a new action puzzle game featuring Dr. Mario titled Dr. Mario World to be released by Nintendo. Dr. Mario World is targeting an early summer 2019 global release, including in Japan and the United States.
Together with Nintendo and LINE, NHN Entertainment, which has released and operated various online and mobile games, will take part in the development and operation of Dr. Mario World.
Nintendo's previous mobile releases include Fire Emblem Heroes, Super Mario Run, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp and more recently Dragalia Lost. You would think a puzzle game such as Dr. Mario would go hand-in-hand with mobile devices, as there's already an abundance of these types of games on smartphones that are highly popular.
The first Dr. Mario game released on the NES in 1990 and was produced by Gunpei Yokoi, designed by Takahiro Harada and composed by Hirokazu Tanaka. Since then, there have been multiple other entries in the series over the years. Most recently we saw Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure in 2015 on the 3DS eShop and before this was the WiiWare entry in 2008.
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