A new rumor suggests Mario kart 9 is in development at Nintendo, and it could be revealed as early as this year.
The news that Mario kart 9 is in development comes from gaming industry consultant and analyst Dr Serkan Toto (via Gamesindustry.biz), where the industry rep said that not only is the game in development, but it will feature “a new twist”.
“I am aware Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Still sells very well on the Nintendo Switch, but Mario kart 9 is in active development (and comes with a new twist), ”Toto said. “Nintendo might tease him this year.”
The most recent main game in the franchise, Mario Kart 8, was originally released in 2014 for the Wii U. Its later port with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe came right after the worldwide launch of the Nintendo Switch, in April 2017. To date Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sold over 37 million copies in August 2021.
The industry analyst went on to discuss Nintendo’s ever-growing approach to official smartphone games, a whole new source of revenue for the Kyoto publisher.
“On mobile, Nintendo has been very silent since Mario Kart Tour launch in 2019, but I think in 2022 we will again see an established IP address arriving on smart devices, ”he said.
Spinoff Mario Kart games have been released since then like the previous ones Mario Kart Tour in September 2019, and the real kart racer in augmented reality Mario Kart Live: Home circuit in October 2020.
As with any rumor, take this with a grain of salt, but it got it right on previous leaks / predictions like Nintendo’s first smartphone game and their adoption of smartphone games.