Apple is set to hold a keynote event later today. At the upcoming presentation, the company is expected to mainly talk about new services, with a focus on their video streaming offering that's set to rival both Netflix and Amazon. However, many are hinting that the event could be about much more than just one new service, and won't even touch upon any new Apple hardware.
As an aside, if you're a keen Apple observer, you will have noticed Apple took to Twitter last week to announce several new hardware products, including new iPads, iMacs and AirPods — all stuff typically reserved for a big press event. By moving all of these hardware reveals to just web announcements, Apple may have just cleared up plenty of space so their event can big up services, services and more services.
So, how does this tie into Nintendo you ask? Well, a report from business news network Cheddar back in January suggested that Apple may be exploring the possibility of some form of gaming subscription. The report hinted that such a service would allow paying users access to a bundled list of iOS titles, in addition to other benefits.
Now, any further details on this could-be service have been admittedly scant - so the following is just conjecture. More recent reports have surfaced, so there may be enough reason to believe that the launch of such a service, if real, may be a good place for Nintendo to give us a glimpse at their upcoming mobile kart racer.
Think of it this way, Mario Kart Tour was originally due to launch by the end of this month, but instead got pushed back to a vague 'summer' timeframe. Not only that, but Apple and Nintendo do have some history here – with Super Mario Run. We were all surprised to see Shigeru Miyamoto on stage at an Apple event, bringing Mario of all things to another platform. History has a tendency to repeat itself. Could we see 'Tim Apple' and 'Shigeru Nintendo' on stage once again?
Nintendo has been making plenty of noise of late about their evolving approach to mobile games. The company is increasingly open about its concern with microtransaction-driven experiences. It's clear that games with lots of in-app purchases are not the favoured approach for Nintendo going forward, and considering that Super Mario Run did not perform as well as Nintendo had hoped, it may be the right time for the company to try a new, wholly different approach.
Say, for example, that Apple's gaming subscription service is real. Let's hypothesise that Apple offers developers a set amount up-front to be an exclusive game on the service (Nintendo could no doubt command a hefty sum here), and then a cut of revenue each time the game is played.
This way Nintendo gets recurring revenue from the title without having to ask customers up-front to pay to play. This recurring revenue would only be enhanced from updates and additions to the game down the road – something Nintendo has said it will be doing with this mobile Mario Kart.
It's all been very quiet on the Mario Kart front, now would be a good time to make a splash before it launches in a few months time. Let's see what happens, but in the meantime, let us know your thoughts.
I think we'll get Mario Kart Tour news by the end of April at the latest given that and Dr. Mario World are the software investors would want to know most info about.
How about some Mario Kart 9, Nintendo?
Why on Earth would there be any need for a game subscription service on a mobile platform where 95% of all content is free shovel-ware based on a microtransaction business model?
@AcesHigh maybe they want to change that perception? Having a sub with some higher quality content could certainly do that.
@AcesHigh There's been plenty of chatter that despite Apple making a truck load of cash from such a model, they aren't to keen on it from an ethical point of view.
I really hope this happens, I'd be happy to see a Mario Kart Tour release date.
I'd love more info on Mario Kart Tour, but I definitely don't want it to be part of Apple's subscription service. Big bunches of nope.
@Reignmaker This IS Mario Kart 9
I think Google Stadia is shaking these companies up. They knew Stadia was coming and they're all scrambling to try and find their place in the game streaming/game service world.
I think that's why Microsoft is getting cozy with Nintendo.
Personally, I have no use for game streaming as long as our internet in Australia is garbage.
@Prizm It is garbage in most large countries outside of bigger cities for the most part. Stadia will have its crowd but it will not be widely adopted for a good 2 decades until internet is blazing fast wireless and dirt cheap.
Two decades? You do realize the iPhone is only 11 years old, and has shaken the entire mobile industry (and rippling throughout the rest of the technological industry) as well. Early adaption is rarely meant for broad implementation, but give it half a decade rather than two. Things can go really fast once one company starts with it.
Expect to be underwhelmed
@AcesHigh The video game crash of 1983 is instructive. People bailed in mass at a moment when gaming products were costly and terrible. That's not clearly an imminent threat for garbage FTP phone games... HOWEVER as that model became the norm, I quit with phone gaming (believe it or not, the App Store was super cool in the 00's with lots of pay-one-price experimental titles). Building a subscription suite of dedicated, fully featured COMPLETE games could be a remedy for such concerns.
If this is true, Android players wouldn't ever get to play the game so they'd limit the amount of potential users. This isn't a good idea.
@iMarkU The internet companies will decide when game streaming becomes viable. Doesn't matter how popular the concept becomes, while internet companies continues to choose being greedy over improving internet infrastructure game streaming's potential will be limited.
@antdickens and @chrisb,
I would whole-heartedly support content that is not crafted based on a free-to-play model. And I hope you're right. But those game engines are really delving into a area of expertise that is more akin to console and PC developers and platforms than a mobile provider. This would signify a considerable shift not only in terms of their business acumen but also the platform. Making something like this worthwhile would require a technological shift that would bring console and/or PC gaming to mobile. Thinking about it more though... it may not be too impossible. This may be Apple's answer to Google's new offering...
So, I was going make a snarky comparison to strippers wearing long-johns... but I'll withold that comment til we see what they have to offer.
Mario Kart would be a fun title, Horizon Chase Turbo's mobile edition is surprisingly fun. Dr. Mario would be a solid iPhone fit, Tetris works well on mobile with touch to rotate, swipe to drop
@iMarkU Except the internet won't be there even if THEIR infrastructure is in most places even in 5 years. When cheap unlimited super fast wireless is nearly flawless and doesn't ever drop signal it will take off but until then it will be a niche market.
Wait for Switch 2.
A pay-once-for-the-entire-title is my preferred payment scheming. I don't like nickle-and-dime gaming.
@Matthew010 I'd imagine any such agreement would be a timed one.
@ChrisB I hope so. But even then, by the time Super Mario Run launched on Android, the interest in the game had died and less people downloaded on Android than if it had been a simultaneous release.
Ok, so we got the gaming service - Apple Arcade, but no Mario Kart. The stars didn't align today folks!
@antdickens oh ok, so now made up conjectures can be at the heart of whole articles, brilliant.
I don’t think that’s journalism, to be honest, even if it turned out to be true.
I’m pretty sure I saw something that looked very Breath of the Wild. Did anyone else spot it?
@ROBLOGNICK I believe that was Oceanhorn 2
@ROBLOGNICK It even had a motorbike in it.
@ROBLOGNICK wouldn't surprise me, Apple copy everyone else's ideas. No Mario Kart Tour though. Maybe that's a good thing so it can get multi-platform release.
@gloom ACTUALLY its Mario Cart 10, because 8 deluxe was technically Mario Cart 9. . .
@ROBLOGNICK Yeah, they showed it twice, a quick clip with a hand and a sword, then a guy on the bike. It looked like BotW to me, though despite buying the DLC I never did unlock the motorcycle.
But it was there, and I was sure the internet, or at least twitter, worldwide over it, but so far you're the only comment I've seen. So maybe @serum7 is right and it was Oceanhorn.
Glad it wasn't anything Nintendo related though as they said "all exclusives".
I’ll tell ya what we did see, Oprah Winfrey! So I’m out, sorry Apple, she’s poison. A poisoned apple, one might say!
@rjejr Yeah, it's weird that they used the word exclusive when things like Overland were also shown in the Nindies Showcase... 🤷♂️ Maybe they meant 'mobile' exclusive?
Hating on Oprah?
Man, things have gotten tough around here.
@Pod She’s vile. Harvey Weinstein, untouchable indeed, and if you don’t get that you’re proving my point.
I don't care what your point is. Does that prove your point?
@Pod so why’d you comment in the first place?
To say exactly what I said.
@MJInnocent #36 I could ask you the same question, especially since the whole point was to degrade a person’s reputation 😇
@clvr the Apple Event has been and gone and since there was no Mario Kart, that I’m aware of, I commented on what we DID see. I don’t know why they reacted to that and to be perfectly honest their comment doesn’t actually make any sense.
@Pod Gotcha that’s that all cleared up then...
@MJInnocent yeah tbh I’m not sure what his point was, but (maybe because of lack of context) I think the same applies to yours.
@clvr well I didn’t see Mario Kart and while I’d love it if we were talking about that, I did see her and commented on that. My point was seeing Oprah involved has turned me off Apple. To be honest I didn’t expect anyone to care this long after the original article anyway.
@MJInnocent oh now I get it, and it’s even worse than I thought.
Dude, you’re attacking Oprah just because you’re a blind MJ fanboy and she dared talk about the alleged sexual assaults: that is ridiculous, and why the internet is a horrible place.
I don’t care about Oprah (never seen her show), I don’t care about MJ (I don’t like his music); heck, I’m not even American, I really don’t give a damn nor do I know if he was guilty or not.
The fact is you don’t either, that’s why I find it sad that you attack a person for talking about your favorite singer and his alleged crimes.
@clvr yes that’s exactly it, I really really REALLY like Billie Jean so therefore he must be innocent and I can’t possibly have any other reason for defending him beyond that and he’s, like, a really good dancer too, oh and thinking Oprah is a snake who is part of the propaganda behind Leaving Neverland, designed to utterly destroy an ALREADY DEAD AND BURIED black man and absolutely nothing to do with Harvey Weinstein and his complicity machine. Untouchable indeed.
@ChrisB "Maybe they meant 'mobile' exclusive?"
I had a conversation on twitter about this morning, don't recall w/ who or where, but as you said "mobile exclusive" was 1 option. I think that's the one I went with, iOS not Android or "Chrome", whatever Chromebooks run on. And I guess if anybody still has a Microsoft Phone still laying around. Or Amazon tablets. Apple TV is supposed to be on Roku and Firesticks but not Arcade.
1 other explanation I saw for "exclusive", which I'm 100% came up during the event, was that on iOS these games would be available exclusively as part of Arcade, meaning you can't purchase them individually, they are only available as part of the subscription service. Which kind of sounds like a lame cheating way of saying exclusive, but an accurate use of the word exclusively. English sucks that way.
Maybe if Apple spent some of that 1:40 giving any type of details rather than just showing how important they are by bringing out A-lister celeb after A-lister celeb we'd have some idea what is going on. But where's the fun in that?
@MJInnocent Looks like twitter followed you into NL. Bound to happen eventually I suppose.
I'm not getting into MJ, here or anywhere, that's your cross to bare, but I will tell you my thoughts on Oprah while I was watching the event yesterday.
1. Don't you have enough money already? Why are you selling out like Aunt Jemima in front of all these rich white men? Not that Oprah can't talk to rich white men and only the NAACP, she's Oprah, she can talk to anyone she wants, like Bono or Sting, but that audience isn't there to save the world, they're just there to enrich themselves. Not a good look for her.
2. Why is Oprah talking about bringing people together in front of the most walled garden of Kool-aid drinking cultists on the planet? She kept using words like joining and community - if you haven't watched it don't bother, and I may not be using her exact exact words, but the types of words she was using - to all these peopel who pride themselves on being better than everyone else. Sure not all iPhone users are MAGA hat wearers but they also aren't known for their inclusiveness either. And I do'nt mean inclusive about race or sex, just w/ Apple acolytes it's like Apple or nothing, Android sux, Android users sux. And here's Oprah talking about uniting the world. I was basically in disbelief. It was like she was reading that line from Animal Farm. Not Animal Crossing. “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”
So I found it all very odd. And I have nothing against Oprah. I don't know her all that well but I know she's Oprah, and she's made it as an African American women w/o being a singer or an athlete. But I've always thought of her as working for the good of the downtrodden, and yesterday I only saw her as a sell out and the leader of a cult. Admittedly she wasn't th eonly 1 up there, JJ Abrahms, Spielberg, a lot of people were looking like sellouts, but those were just rich white men of Hollywood talking to other rich white men of Hollywood. It worked. W/ Oprah it was like she finally said, the heck with it, I'm leaving da 'hood behind and moving to Beverly Hills. Like George Jefferson. Only he still hated his neighbors, he didn't sell out to them. Apple.
@rjejr people dismiss MJ fans as being a cult but that Apple Event yesterday... really did feel like being part of a cult lol. I hope you’re all well feel free to unfollow me on Twitter , this thing is consuming me I’m sure you’ve noticed, I will not take it personally
@MJInnocent I rely on your MJ tweets to break up my Trump tweets. I only follow people who are anti-Trump, but they retweet so much Trump stuff it's almost like I'm following Trump's side as well. if you were on the other side of the MJ argument I'd probably have to unfollow you, too much negativity on that side.
Make sure you take care of yourself though, Twitter is a slippery slope, always more of them than there are of us, make sure you take a break every once in a while to chill or you'll burn yourself out. Lot's of suicides trending on twitter lately, as if the place was depressing enough as it is. I know I get in a lot of arguments, but I also have over 1,000 unread emails b/c I take a break every now and then. I'd like to take more breaks, waiting on the weather to break. You guys get spring over there yet? I need me some spring. It's too late for me to start doing F to C temp conversions, but it was below freezing when I woke up this morning, probably back close to there again, same for tomorrow. Supposed to be more spring like starting this weekend, I can't wait. Hammock time. No electronic devices in my hammock, that's a rule.
@rjejr thank you for the message and advice, it has absolute taken a toll on my health and that ‘s’ word you mentioned? It scares me to think how I would cope without my family and responsibilities. I had got off Twitter to be honest, for about a month, and got it again in January, the day the news broke about Leaving Neverland being fast tracked to Sundance Film festival. That’s how I found out, so I felt like I was meant to rejoin to fight for MJ. Sundance is where the Harvey Weinstein Untouchable documentary premiered too... Guess which one the World got obsessed with? The one about the dead black guy who had his day in Court and won. Nobody talking about Untouchable, about the white mogul still walking the Earth! Thanks again I appreciate it.
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