Mario Kart

Mario Kart is coming to smartphones next month

Love throwing red, blue, and green shells at your friends as you race at breakneck speed round death-defying racecourses, but don't want to shell out (pun intended) for a whole new console in the process? Well, then - have I got news for you.

As soon as next month, Mario Kart Tour will be making its way to your smartphones, and you can race away to your heart's content!

For the uninitiated, here's a playthrough of one of Mario Kart's creative and mesmerising races:

If you're an Android user based in either the US or Japan, you'll be able to download a closed beta version of the game via the Nintendo website, which will be available from May 22 to June 4.

Not everyone will be able to participate in the beta, however. For those of us who simply couldn't wait to take on Mario Kart on their phones, this will come as very welcome news.

Nintendo Switch Credit: Getty

It's about time, too - initially, Mario Kart Tour was set to hit the various app stores by March, but Variety says that Nintendo were forced to push this back, reportedly in order to "improve quality of the application and expand the content offerings after launch".

Those content offerings could reportedly be a tie-in with a Mario Kart game exclusively for the Nintendo Switch. Currently, the versatile games console has a Mario Kart game, but this is a port of the Wii U Mario Kart game from 2014.

And to get you even more excited, soon there will be a Nintendo-themed theme park at Universal Studios:

After the runaway success of Super Mario Run and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, this is set to be another big hit in the mobile industry for Nintendo.

So, Mario Kart fans: start your engines, ready your thumbs, take out a phone insurance policy for when you constantly fall off Rainbow Road and inevitably throw your phone across the room in a rage. Mario Kart for your smartphone is but a few weeks away.