In addition to the news that Mario Kart Tour has been delayed from March to this summer, Nintendo gave a few more updates to investors. Nintendo announced a collaboration with LINE Corporation in the smart-device application business. Under this collaboration, they plan to release the mobile game Dr. Mario World in early summer 2019 for the global market, including Japan and the United States.
The puzzle game Dr. Mario World will be available for the iOS and Android. It will e free to download with optional in-app purchases. 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 also said that theme park development with Universal Parks & Resorts is underway. The Super Nintendo World area at Universal Studios Japan is scheduled to open in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Also, the development of the animated film based on Super Mario Bros. with Illumination Entertainment is moving along for an anticipated theatrical release around 2022.
Nintendo announced that they are preparing to open Nintendo TOKYO, the first official Nintendo shop in Japan, as well. They company says it hopes the store will be a new point of contact between consumers and Nintendo that a wide range of people, regardless of age, gender, or experience with games can enjoy. In addition to selling products such as video game systems, software and character-based merchandise, they plan to host events and offer opportunities to play games, and are preparing to make the shop a new base for communicating Nintendo information in Japan. Nintendo TOKYO is scheduled to open in SHIBUYA PARCO (building name tentative) in the fall of 2019.