Yesterday, Nintendo of America hopped on Twitter to make some pretty massive announcements about upcoming projects.
Nintendo kicked off their trio of news blurbs by announcing when Switch owners can expect the system's paid online service to go live. Simply titled Nintendo Switch Online, the service will offer a selection of classic Nintendo games every month for either $3.99 per month, $7.99 every three months, or $19.99 for an entire year. The catch is, unlike Xbox Live Gold or PS+, those games will switch out every month and subscribers will not be able to keep the previous month's games. The service will launch sometime in September 2018.
The company then revealed that their next mobile project - Mario Kart! The app will be called Mario Kart Tour. Nintendo gave a rather nebulous release window for the app that states the app will release "in the fiscal year ending in March 2019." Not much more information was made available, but it's pretty interesting to imagine what a mobile Mario Kart title would be like.
Finally, Nintendo confirmed the long rumored deal between themselves and animation studio Illumination to make a film based on the Mario franchise. This will be the first film Nintendo has worked on based on one of its characters since the 1993 Super Mario Bros. live-action film. Shigeru Miyamoto has been confirmed to be co-producing the film alongside Illumination CEO and film producer Chris Meledandri.
It's pretty shocking that it has taken so long for Nintendo to get back to making films based on the Mario franchise, especially since the very first video game movie was a Super Mario Bros. animated film.