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  • Nintendo Says it Plans to Launch Five New Titles for Smart Devices By 2017

    As we reported in March, Nintendo finally caved in and said it would start developing games for the mobile smart device platform in collaboration with DeNA. As we speculate, this is a smart move fro Nintendo, as console sales continue to plummet due to the ease and convenience of mobile gaming; especially with the exponentially-growing graphical power of these smart devices.

    In a new announcement on Friday by Nintendo, the company has revealed additional details about its plans to launch games on the smart device platform, such as the iOS platform. The announcement shares that Nintendo plans to launch five complete titles by the end of the next fiscal year (2017), but also notes that the reason behind the slow development is because Nintendo wants to develop quality games with quality controls that work well with smart devices and not just some ported junk.

    Quote Originally Posted by Nintento
    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.
    What's more is the company reveals that they will begin working on the first title for the smart device platform this year, so the first game from Nintendo to reach the smart device platform will come around sooner than you think. The only bad news is that because they only plan to launch five new games by 2017, it will be a very slow release process as the company builds the new titles tailored especially for use with touch screens.

    Nintendo revealed in March that it would not port existing games to iOS because they are made for a console experience; instead, they would focus on creating brand-new games entirely that comprise of the fun characters we know and love, such as Mario.

    Sources: Nintendo
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Nintendo Says it Plans to Launch Five New Titles for Smart Devices By 2017 started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 4 Comments
    1. SpiderManAPV's Avatar
      SpiderManAPV -
      In related news, theyíre teaming up with Universal Studios to make NintendoLand a reality. Iím not sure which Iím more psyched about.
    1. auzeus72's Avatar
      auzeus72 -
      Only game they need to come out with is Mario Kart and I am sold! Take my money!
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by SpiderManAPV View Post
      In related news, theyíre teaming up with Universal Studios to make NintendoLand a reality. Iím not sure which Iím more psyched about.
      I'd love to take my 6 week old to Nintendo Land for real. By the time it's complete, she'll be old enough to go.
    1. ads1230's Avatar
      ads1230 -
      They don't need to tailor gameboy games just make and emulator and release them already! 2.99$ for Pokemon Yellow would probably see massive sales quickly!