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Nintendo Reveals Phone Game "Mario Kart Tour," and Here's How Fans Reacted

Woohoo! Here we go!

On Wednesday, Nintendo announced there will be more Mario drifting into fans’ smartphones. The Japanese games giant tweeted that it’s cooking up Mario Kart Tour, a brand new mobile app set to be released sometime between April 2018 and March 2019.

Nintendo has released a string of smartphone games recently, including the hit Super Mario Run, which grossed $5 million on its first day in app stores. It seems like this title is piggybacking off of the success the company has seen with bringing the iconic plumber to phones worldwide.

This comes after Nintendo reported the immense success of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, which has sold over 7 million copies since its release in 2014. The racing game has a massive following, and the franchise’s extension to smartphones had fans buzzing with excitement.

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However, there were some fans voicing their concerns over the potential cost of playing Mario Kart Tour. Super Mario Run was initially released at a $10 price point, but it later switched over to a freemium model that made players pay for certain in-game features.

Nintendo hasn’t released any information regarding the price of this new game, but if it’s anything like Super Mario Run there will most likely be some cost to play it, whether it’s all upfront or for specific features as users play through.

Super Mario Run rocketed to the top of the Apple App Store upon its release in December 2016, with the mobile game claiming the #1 spot on the “Games” chart. Only time will tell if Mario Kart Tour will match its predecessor’s popularity.

Google Stadia: Price, Release Date, Features, Titles for the Streaming Service

A glimpse at the future of gaming.

Stadia, Google’s long-awaited cloud gaming service, was finally unveiled at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco on Tuesday. In one fell swoop, Stadia, once known as Project Stream, laid out a plan to take on console giants— like Sony and Microsoft — the PC-gaming industry, and even the live streaming platform, Twitch.

New AirPods 2019: Release Date, Price, and Features for Apple's Half-Update

Apple delivers on anticipated upgrades.

New AirPods completed Apple’s gadget-drop hat trick and there might be even more to come. The Cupertino-based company’s sprint of daily product drops continued with an update to the widely popular AirPods. The new AirPods followed announcements of two new iPads and a line of new iMacs.

It’s unlikely that this is indeed the AirPods 2 redesign that’s long been rumored. But in the meanwhile, Apple has delivered on a handful of new features that have long been predicted by analysts and wished for by fans. Better battery life, voice assistant improvements, and a wireless charging case have all been introduced to the AirPods, though there have been essentially no aesthetic changes at all.

Google Stadia Price: How Streaming Service Could Beat xCloud and PS Now

The service faces tough competition.

Google is joining a tough market. The world’s largest search engine announced on Tuesday plans to enter video games with Stadia, a streaming platform designed to eliminate the need for expensive hardware. While Google has removed one payment from the gaming equation, details about any further payments were notably missing from the presentation.

Apple Announcement 2019: AirPods, iPods, and AirPower Coming This Week?

Apple may be about to launch even more products.

Apple has had a bumper week of product launches so far, and it could continue the momentum by making even more surprise announcements. In a week that saw the release of two new iPad models on Monday and new versions of the iMac Tuesday, talk is turning to other rumored products like the AirPods wireless headphones, AirPower charging mat and a new iPod Touch.

The Best Wireless Earbuds for Audio Quality

What truly wireless earbuds are actually worth your time?

Filed Under Amazon, Apple & Music

While we’ve been well on our way to a truly wireless existence (I’m looking at you, umbilical cord) in almost every facet of our life, the “truly wireless” headphone segment has been dominated by Apple’s AirPods, and for good reason. They’re the headphones to beat when it comes to ease of use, and seemingly every manufacturer is trying to best Apple with their own AirPod alternative.