Nintendo to Release Its First Mobile Game This Year, Five Titles By March 2017

Nintendo to Release Its First Mobile Game This Year, Five Titles By March 2017

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Nintendo has revealed that its plans to launch its first game for mobile devices this year and will release five titles by the end of its next fiscal year.

President of Nintendo, Satoru Iwata announced the news during the Nintendo Financial Results Briefing.

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In order to maximize the value of Nintendo IP, we are working to leverage opportunities that go beyond a traditional focus on dedicated video game systems. As you know, amiibo is one such effort. Also, we made the announcement that we will take advantage of smart devices. As smart devices are increasing in significance as the dominant window through which consumers connect with one another and with society, it is natural for us to leverage smart devices to communicate directly with our consumers.

In addition, to facilitate the ability for consumers to be closely and continuously connected with Nintendo IP, Nintendo will also deploy Nintendo IP on games for smart devices. Regarding this subject, we announced our business alliance with DeNA on March 17. Each of our companies offers unique strengths, and we are confident that when combined, the synergies will enable us to compete strongly in the smart device space.

We will start the service for the first game application by the end of this calendar year. Internally at Nintendo, we have executed several organizational and personnel changes in order to properly operate the smart device business, and we will make further changes before the first release.

As we confirmed on March 17, all of our IP can be considered for a smart device game. On the other hand, since the game business on smart devices is already severely competitive, even with highly popular IP, the odds of success are quite low if consumers cannot appreciate the quality of a game. Also, if we were simply to port software that already has a track record on a dedicated game system, it would not match the play styles of smart devices, and the appropriate business models are different between the two, so we would not anticipate a great result. If we did not aim to achieve a significant result, it would be meaningless for us to do it at all. Accordingly, we are going to carefully select appropriate IP and titles for our smart device deployment.

Regarding the number of the titles, you may want to know that we will release approximately five titles by the end of the next fiscal year, which is the end of March 2017. You may think it is a small number, but when we aim to make each title a hit, and because we want to thoroughly operate every one of them for a significant amount of time after their releases, this is not a small number at all and should demonstrate our serious commitment to the smart device business.
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Apple & Playstion Dude - May 9, 2015 at 10:08pm
I think the Wii will be Nintento's last hoorah. Prediction they will go the way of ATARI & SEGA former console powerhouses to simple software company.
aaaaahhhhhhhh!!!!! - May 9, 2015 at 10:19pm
What makes you think that will happen. Wii u does many things other consoles don't, heck it achieves a milestone greater than what Xbox one offers. People have been mentioning "better than the Xbox one" jokes nothing less, and play station? What ever changed in terms of playing other than using an old school controller?
5_is_a_small_number - May 9, 2015 at 12:48pm
Even though they said 5 "is not a small number at all" by "the end of March 2017", I still think it is too small since they're already behind. Even kids can tell you that 5 is a small number... Then again, since they're probably starting the projects from scratch, it probably will take 2 years for 5 games. I still think Nintendo has to make a bigger move. Hopefully these choose the good titles.
iProService - May 9, 2015 at 3:37am
Games for iOS?
Nat - May 8, 2015 at 8:00pm
Mario kart, party, and luigi (rpg games), bros., and smash bros.
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