Nintendo announced Dr. Mario World for smartphones as part of a new mobile game partnership with LINE, and the companies will co-develop and jointly operate the new game for smart devices.
While no details were shared on gameplay, Dr. Mario World is described as a puzzle game for smartphones that is free to download with optional in-app purchases. The plan is to initially release in approximately 60 countries/regions including Japan and the United States, with support for multiple languages including Japanese and English.
Here’s more from Nintendo regarding the context of the partnership with LINE:
Nintendo continues to introduce unique entertainment products and characters like Mario to the world, establishing itself as a globally recognized brand that represents video game culture in the home entertainment industry. In 2016, Nintendo entered the mobile games business, creating even more opportunities for consumers to engage with Nintendo IP and reaching audiences beyond its dedicated video game platform business.
“LINE”, under its corporate mission “Closing the Distance,” LINE is dedicated to creating a world that seamlessly connects people, information, content, and services anywhere, anytime, and at the most comfortable distance. In its endeavor to realize a self-contained Smart Portal strategy, LINE offers services in a variety of fields to its 165 million monthly active users in four key markets (Japan, Taiwan, Thailand and Indonesia), where the userbase continues to expand.
Utilizing both companies’ strengths, Nintendo and LINE will co-develop and jointly operate a new action puzzle game featuring Dr. Mario titled Dr. Mario World to be released by Nintendo. Dr. Mario World is targeting an early summer 2019 global release, including in Japan and the United States.
Together with Nintendo and LINE, NHN Entertainment, which has released and operated various online and mobile games, will take part in the development and operation of Dr. Mario World.
Dr. Mario World launches for iOS and Android in early Summer 2019.