Well, it finally happened. Nintendo games will make their way to mobile. The company announced the inevitable move earlier today. They will be partnering with DeNA, a major Japanese mobile gaming company, to bring Nintendo characters to mobile.
According to a statement, Nintendo and DeNA “intend to jointly operate new gaming applications featuring Nintendo IP, which they will develop specifically for smart devices.”
It’s about time. If Nintendo does this right, it could be huge for them. A statement from DeNA is encouraging as they say the games will not be ports of existing titles.
“To ensure the quality of game experience that consumers expect from this alliance of Nintendo and DeNA, only new original games optimized for smart device functionality will be created, rather than porting games created specifically for the Wii U home console or the Nintendo 3DS portable system.”
How they monetize these mobile games is the big question? Are they premium? Like how companies charge a set price for a mobile port of a AAA game. Or, do they go the freemium route? The freemium route offers the most money, but could also alienate traditional Nintendo fans. Then again, mobile games aren’t aimed at your traditional gamers.
Whichever Nintendo decides, it’s another revenue stream for a company that needs it.
Nintendo’s Not Abandoning the Console
Oh, and don’t think Nintendo is abandoning the home console with their entry into mobile.
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata also announced today Nintendo is working on a new console. It’s codenamed NX and has a “brand-new concept.” What’s this new concept? Nintendo’s not saying, but they hope to announce more about NX later next year.
Is this a brand new concept for Nintendo, or for everybody? Let’s assume it’s an entirely new concept. What do you think it is?