Yesterday brought wind of the news that Nintendo, through a partnership with Japanese smartphone game maker DeNA, will move into the mobile gaming space. They’re taking IPs both old and new and designing them for play on phones and tablets.
It’s worth noting, though, that they won’t be making any straight Wii U or Nintendo 3DS ports. Those are designed specifically for Nintendo’s systems, and that’s where they’ll stay.
As for mobile games? Nintendo will try to bring some of their current IPs over, but it also has plans to develop new IP specifically for the mobile space.
Regarding when we can expect to fire up our first mobile game from Nintendo, the company doesn’t really have a hard target in mind. Instead, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata offered a rough window in a post-press conference Q&A.
“Regarding the individual video game titles, when it will be launched, we will be making the announcement when each of those games are ready. At least, however, we believe that there is no mean of collaboration [sic] if we can’t launch anything, at least once, or some sort of output within this year.”
That “mean of collaboration” bit reads like a translation error. I take that to mean, “there’d be no point in collaboration if we didn’t do something soon.” Perhaps.
Regardless, we’ll see something within this year from Nintendo and DeNA in the mobile space.
Iwata also went on to indicate that “the roles of each companies will differ depending on games.” Nintendo will likely be super protective of IPs like Mario and Zelda, while others it’ll be more loose and let DeNA hold more influence over their direction.
We’ll have more on Nintendo’s foray into mobile as it’s announced.