There is a certain fatality about Mario Kart 9. Although technically unconfirmed, its predecessor, Mario Kart 8, is one of the best-selling Nintendo Switch games of all time. Tracking is for all intents and purposes guaranteed.
The good news is that fans of kart racing may not have long to wait for official confirmation of the existence of Mario Kart 9. According to industry analyst Dr. Serkan Toto (via JeuxIndustrie.biz), Nintendo could be set to reveal the sequel this year.
This news is sure to delight Mario Kart fanatics who are probably a little fed up with playing Mario Kart 8 as the game is almost eight years old at this point. After all, there are only a limited number of times you can outdo your friends and family on the same dozens of trails before you feel like new runs.
While Toto doesn’t say exactly when we can expect a reveal, or a clue when the game itself might be released, he does state that it “comes with a new twist.” Not particularly surprising, Mario Kart is no stranger to gimmicks designed to shake up the series’ traditional formula. Mario Kart 8 introduced anti-gravity tracks, and the previous Nintendo 3DS entry added the ability to hover and drive underwater.
Toto works for Kantan Games, a Japanese consulting company specializing in the video game industry, so there is certainly some credibility to these claims. Of course, Nintendo is a notoriously unpredictable business, so while an announcement of Mario Kart 9 in the near future seems logical, Nintendo often walks to the beat of its own drum – see the revelation of the bizarre AR game Mario Kart Live Home Circuit in 2020. as proof.
The latest entry in the popular series, Mario Kart 8, initially released for Wii U in 2014 before a Deluxe Edition was released on Nintendo Switch in April 2017. This Switch edition of the game became the best-selling episode of series. franchise, moving nearly 40 million copies in November 2020. That number will only have increased in the past 14 months as the game continues to be among the bestsellers.
Oddly enough, Nintendo has never released two main Mario Kart games on a single console. This has led fans to speculate that the next time Mario and his friends get behind the wheel of a kart it will be on the Switch successor, but there is always a first time for everything.
There are few board games as universally loved as Mario Kart, so a new entry would definitely be welcome after all this time. Perhaps the Mario Kart 9 announcement will come alongside the reveal of the all-popular Nintendo Switch Pro?