Sam Byford of The Verge with the news that Nintendo is making smartphone games:
Nintendo has long resisted the call of mobile gaming, but today it entered the space in a big way. The company has announced that it will team up with DeNA, a major Japanese mobile gaming company, to make smartphone games featuring Nintendo characters. The two companies “intend to jointly operate new gaming applications featuring Nintendo IP, which they will develop specifically for smart devices,” according to a Nintendo statement.
I have touched on this topic twice before. It is about damn time. Nintendo hasn’t been the #1 home console since Nintendo 64, which was released in 1996. The GameCube had fans, and Mario, Zelda, Metroid, Donkey Kong and Smash Bros. have always attracted dedicated fans. But outside of a blip with the original Wii, Nintendo is falling behind. Their mobile gaming devices remain very popular, but that market is getting more and more saturated by tablets and phones. It is smart for Nintendo to start making mobile games before they literally have no choice and it is a last ditch effort.
It sounds like the games could be exclusive to mobile devices though, which is a bit sad. Are these just going to be tablet-specific games that feature Mario? Nintendo would be stupid not to start porting the crap out of every old game they could. If they can figure out a decent control scheme, or find a way to make controllers, there is a lot of money to be made. If Nintendo starting selling the back Mario catalog in iOS for $2 a pop they would probably do quite well for what presumably would not be a terribly costly endeavor1.
Either way this is definitely cool. And could get me more into iOS games, and back into Nintendo games.
- Seeing how many emulators exist, Nintendo surely could whip something together in iOS quite easily [↩]