Nintendo to Debut Smartphone Service With Mario Kart TV app
Nintendo has announced that they’ll be launching a smartphone service with its first mobile application. That app is dubbed Mario Kart TV and it’s supposed to coincide with the release of the Wii U game Mario Kart 8, according to Nintendo president Satoru Iwata.
The app will allow users to watch and share gameplay footage and screenshots online and officially. They will also be able to view rankings and official tips via the cross platform interface. The service supports PC, mobile and tablet devices and it’s not yet clear when or if the service will reach western markets. The idea is to establish consumer relationships based on accounts named Nintendo Network IDs, said the same Iwata.
The Mario Kart TV web service will be available to people without IDs, of course, but if they log into the system with a Nintendo ID, they will easily find their rankings and check out gameplay videos made by their friends. Mario Kart 8 is coming on Wii U on May 30, by the way, with 16 new tracks and 16 remixed classic tracks.