Call of Duty and Mario Kart go mobile
Call of Duty and Mario Kart are days away from being launched on mobile and tablet.
Activision and Nintendo – two of the world’s largest developers – will be rolling out two of their biggest ever franchises on Google Android for September 25 and on Apple iOS on October 1.
Both iconic titles have racked up sales in excess of 350 million copies sold throughout the world, and landing a berth in the mobile market might just send that tally skyrocketing.
The same weapons, maps and characters seen on the PlayStation, Xbox and PC versions of Call of Duty will, Activision has confirmed, appear on ‘Call of Duty: Mobile’.
“We are delivering the definitive first-person action experience on mobile with signature Call Of Duty gameplay in the palms of your hands,” beamed Chris Plummer, Activision’s vice president.
“’We are bringing together some of the best the franchise has to offer, including Modern Warfare maps like Crash and Crossfire, Black Ops maps like Nuketown and Hijacked, and many more, into one epic title.
“We’ve tested the game extensively in select territories and the feedback we’ve received has helped us refine the experience for October 1.”
Meanwhile, it is understood that Nintendo’s designers have rebooted the gameplay on Mario Kart to allow for a better user experience on mobile and tablet devices. This reportedly involves automatic braking and acceleration.
Steering will also be controlled onscreen, rather than by device rotation.
Both manufacturers, meanwhile, insist the simultaneous launch is a coincidence. After all, Nintendo had originally aimed to make the release happen six months ago but chose to halt production in order to make some last-minute adjustments.
Fans may be surprised to learn that Super Mario Kart turned 27-years-old this year.
During that time it has amassed sales of 142 million. However, that figure is overshadowed by the 16-year-old Call of Duty franchise which has bagged some 250 million sales.