Nintendo announces Mario Kart for mobile

Also confirms Nintendo Switch Online and Mario film



Remember that time when a red shell knocked you off just as you were about to win in Mario Kart? We share your endless grief. Pretty soon, everyone else will.

After other mobile releases, Nintendo is gearing up to release a mobile app of the beloved (or hated) Mario Kart series. Named Mario Kart Tour, the game joins Nintendo’s other mobile games — Super Mario Run and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp.

Nintendo hasn’t released a lot of info about the game yet. We do know that it is slated to be launched at the end of Nintendo’s next fiscal year, which is March 2019.

Mario Kart Tour furthers Nintendo’s plan to release two to three mobile games per year. Nintendo is also planning a Legend of Zelda mobile game for 2018.

Mario Kart’s future success on mobile is still up in the air. So far, Nintendo’s other games have received only lukewarm reactions. Miitomo, their first mobile app, is already shutting down after only two years since launch.

Aside from Mario Kart Tour, Nintendo has also announced two other future releases — Nintendo Switch Online and an animated Mario film.

Nintendo Switch Online is a paid subscription service that follows in the footsteps of other similar premium services, PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live. It will allow subscribers to access exclusive games, including classic ones.

Meanwhile, Nintendo also confirms that a feature-length Super Mario animated film is in the works. Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto and Illumination Studios CEO Chris Meledandri will co-produce the film. As such, Meledandri’s Illumination will animate the film. They have previously made the Despicable Me and Minions films.

Finally, Nintendo caps off its news day by announcing the massive success enjoyed by the Nintendo Switch. The portable console has already sold more units than the previous Wii U.

SEE ALSO: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe review: The quintessential Switch game


Disney+ now streaming in Singapore

Have you subscribed yet?



The wait is over. Disney+ is now finally available in Singapore.

If you’ve been longing to stream Disney classics, new shows like The Mandalorian in the Star Wars universe, or just want a feel good flick from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you can now do so via the streaming app.

The subscription costs SG$ 11.98 per month or SG$ 119.98 for a year. With it you’ll have access to a library of 500 movies and over 15,000 episodes of some of your favorite shows from Disney Channel.

You’ll also gain access to content by other major entertainment companies like Pixar, National Geographic, and Star.

To sign-up, users need to go to the Disney+ website and you’ll be asked to input your email address so they can keep you updated on how to subscribe. A subscription plan lets the user stream on four different devices at the same time. There are also different profiles for each subscription just like Netflix. However, instead of just five, Disney+ gives you up to seven profiles.

GeekCulture put together a list of supported devices so check them out to see if you have any of them.

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Netflix now has a Downloads For You feature

Not to be confused with Smart Downloads



Netflix Downloads

Netflix wants to make sure you have something to watch even when you’re on the go with its new Downloads For You feature.

Not to be confused with Smart Downloads which lets you find the next episode of your favorite show even when you’re on the go, the Downloads For You feature automatically downloads recommended shows or movies to your mobile device based on your tastes.

Don’t worry though, despite it doing things automatically for you, you’re still ultimately in control. It takes two steps to opt in.

  1. Go to the Downloads tab on your mobile device and toggle on Downloads For You.

  2. Choose the amount of content you want downloaded to your device (1GB, 3GB, or 5GB) and click Turn On. The more space you allow, the more recommendations Netflix will download for you.

Here’s how it should look like.

Just like Smart Downloads, the Netflix Downloads For You feature will only work while you’re on Wi-Fi. It’s also only currently available on Android with iOS testing happening soon.

SEE ALSO: DOTA anime series coming to Netflix

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Spotify will launch high-quality audio later this year

Price unannounced



Since the advent of music streaming, Spotify has enjoyed its dominance as the most popular service with the most varied gallery of music. However, competing services, like Tidal, can easily one-up the industry leader in terms of audio quality. Despite Spotify’s relentless promise to deliver top-tier audio, the service hasn’t upgraded its audio quality that much. That will soon change, though. Spotify has now confirmed that high-quality audio is coming later this year.

Currently, Spotify is streaming its music at a paltry 320kbps. From an audiophile’s standpoint, 320kbps is the bare minimum bitrate for music listening. However, hi-fi audio — that is, bitrates that escalate from 1000kbps and go as high as 9216kbps– unlocks an entirely new experience for more discerning ears. To put it lightly, hi-fi audio sounds more vibrant and more alive, especially given a workable audio setup.

With the announcement, Spotify is reportedly pushing the feature to select markets at an unannounced date. Unfortunately, the company has not announced how much the new feature will cost users who want to upgrade. Hi-fi audio definitely costs a lot more. Tidal, for example, offers its highest quality audio for US$ 19.99 per month.

In the past, though, Spotify has talked about launching the feature for an additional US$ 7.50. At the time, the promise didn’t result into anything. This time, Spotify Hi-Fi finally seems official.

SEE ALSO: Spotify is testing its own Stories feature

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