The Nintendo Switch as a whole is in a curious place right now. On one hand, they’ve already had a massively successful game launch this year via Animal Crossing New Horizons. Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition launched a few weeks back and seems to be doing solidly itself. The Pokemon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass DLC is about to release its first part via The Isle of Armor, and Paper Mario The Origami King is coming in July. But aside from that (and the second half of the Pokemon DLC) we don’t know what’s coming in the back half of 2020. And that includes the rumored Mario Kart 9.
Rumors of the game coming in 2020 spouted up in January, back before the lockdown happened that would delay many things in the gaming industry. Including canceling E3 2020 outright among other events like EVO, San Diego Comic-Con, and more. Yet, the rumors of Mario Kart 9 coming this year were piling on, but now, Nintendo “insider” Vergeben is suggesting that this has changed, and that an “internal memo” has pushed the game back to 2021.
Before you throw this off as mere rumor, Vergeben has had Nintendo predictions right in the past. But of course, that doesn’t mean that this one is fully correct either.
The question of the games coming in the later half of this year has been on the minds of gamers for a while. Many reports were saying that Nintendo was going to make it the “year of Mario” in lieu of its upcoming anniversary. With remastered ports of games like Super Mario 64, Super Mario Galaxy, and more, alongside a new Paper Mario title that indeed was announced.
Given the hype for Mario Kart 9 (and the success of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on Switch), perhaps Nintendo is wanting to hold back until 2021 so that the game is not just complete, but gamers are in a better place to purchase it and play it with friends. Only time will tell.