A classic Nintendo franchise will be making a return this summer, but not on the Switch.
Just days after announcing plans to delay Mario Kart Tour on iOS and Android, Nintendo has unveiled a brand new mobile game for this summer.
Dr. Mario World will be the first game to release as part of Nintendo’s partnership with Line Corporation.
The iOS and Android puzzle game will be available in 60 countries starting summer 2019.
“The doctor is in! Mario puts on the white coat once again in the mobile game Dr. Mario World, targeting an early summer 2019 global release,” reads a Nintendo tweet.
The game will be free-to-play, although the description confirms that in-app purchases will also be available.
And it looks like Dr. Mario World will be the first of many Nintendo games to be co-developed by Line.
“Utilising 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,” reads the official description.
“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 smartphone games are starting to make the company some serious cash.
Data firm Sensor Tower reports that Nintendo made $348 million during the 2018 calendar year from mobile games.
The most popular game appears to be Fire Emblem Heroes, which accounted for 66% of its 2018 revenue.
It will be interesting to see how well Mario Kart Tour performs when it launches later in the summer.