According to an industry analyst, Mario Kart 9 is currently in “active development”, is getting a new racing twist and could be teased this year.
Speculation surrounding the game comes from Tokyo-based industry analyst Dr. Serkan Toto, who in writing his predictions for the coming year for Gamesindustry.biz, said a new entry in the beloved racing series is on the way.
“I’m aware that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is still selling very well on Nintendo Switch, but Mario Kart 9 is in active development,” he said before saying Nintendo could “tease their next entry of the franchise this year.” “.
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In addition, Toto also stated that Mario Kart 9 may launch with a “new twist”. New Mario Kart games regularly feature twists on the kart formula, from Double Dash’s two-character karts to Mario Kart 8’s anti-gravity sections.
While the analyst declined to make further additions, that didn’t stop fans on social media from speculating about what the twist might be. By theories that suggest that the next installment could bring a series of stars from other franchises to others for a F1-centric take for the popular series, the community has done a good job so far in making suggestions for a possible upcoming reveal.
The twist is that it borrows a ton of mechanics from F1 Race Stars – including the damage system. Enjoy hitting those pit lanes every time one comes up.
— Christopher Searle (@DarkRulaMedia) January 7, 2022
In addition to Toto’s predictions around Mario Kart 9, the analyst also suggested that 2022 could be the year Nintendo brings another of its series to mobile devices. “On mobile, Nintendo has been very quiet since the Mario Kart Tour launch in 2019, but I think 2022 is the time when we will see another established IP on smart devices coming,” he said.
Last year, Mario Kart 8 officially became the best-selling racing game in US history. The title, which combines sales of both the Wii U version and the Ninendo Switch’s Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, surpassed Mario Kart Wii in April after selling over 40 million combined units and taking pole position.
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Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.