All right, get yourself a big handful of salt, everyone. A small datamining detail that just believable enough to be true, it’s safe to assume that a Nintendo game might come to PC in the near future.
According to information gleaned from the latest update to the mobile free-to-play racing game Mario Kart Tour, Nintendo has added not only mouse support, but also various references to “native emulation” code that suggest a PC port might – I repeat, could – to be at work.
As noted by MondoMega on Resetera (Gratitude, My Nintendo News), the information was reportedly found on the Discord of the Mario Kart Tour community. Title updates for mobile have been the source of various leaked details over the years.
While mouse support may be a leftover developer tool that will never be unlocked to the public, or even an accessibility option, references to emulation potentially point to the inclusion of the game in Google Play Games A PC program (that will bring some Google Play mobile games to PC) or that it will be playable on Windows 11 in the future.
To be clear, we are very much in the realm of speculation here. As @kart_tour points out on Twitter, this could also be the result of Nintendo switching between versions of the game engine:
Does this mean that Mario Kart Tour is definitely coming to PC? No. It’s possible, but not exactly confirmed. Does this mean Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will soon be officially playable on your nearest personal computer? No. No no no. MK8D is one of Nintendo’s evergreen gems, regularly appearing on the game charts for five years after its release – more than eight if you count the original non-Deluxe Wii U release.
However, Nintendo has repeatedly stated that it aims to bring attention to its hardware and console games by connecting a wider audience to Nintendo’s intellectual property through mobile devices. With the introduction of the Mario Kart Tour tracks in the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass, there doesn’t seem to be any change to this strategy, and there certainly is logic in expanding this particular game into the realm of PC.
Another question is how the MK Tour experience, which is largely built on a vertical gaming screen, will be streamed to a monitor and mouse, but seeing an official release of Nintendo software on a PC in the 21st century would be very unusual.
Would you play MK Tour on PC? Let us know if you can’t wait to get back to the mobile Mazza-K on your powerful rig. Yes, you heard us. Mazza-K.