Nintendo plans to release approximately five mobile games by March 2017, with service for their first title scheduled to launch by the end of this year.
Nintendo’s recent alliance with Japanese mobile games developer DeNA is a business move that aims to compete in today’s evolving smartphone space. Both companies have teamed up to deploy a globally recognized mobile games business by releasing services and game applications based on Nintendo’s iconic characters and games.
With service for the duo’s first smartphone game scheduled to start later this year, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata says he expects to release roughly five titles by the end of March 2017.
“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,” Iwata said during Nintendo’s recent Financial Results Briefing, held today in Japan.
Any Nintendo IP is fair game for the new business move, meaning we can see new games based on Mario, Zelda, Metroid, and even Pokémon. Iwata emphasizes that games already on Nintendo consoles won’t be ported; they’ll be developed from scratch, with quality being the major focus for each one.