Nintendo Platforms Onto Mobile DevicesMarch 19, 2015
Nintendo, after years of refusing to branch outside of its own platforms, has decided to venture into the world of smart devices! Partnering with Japanese mobile company, DeNA, Nintendo announced plans to create new mobile games using some of its most popular franchises. The news brought a huge increase in Nintendo’s stock, much to the relief of investors everywhere.
Don’t expect to see ports of Super Mario World anytime soon. Company president, Satoru Iwata stressed that quality in game experience is their ultimate goal, as they move forward.
“We have no intention at all to port existing game titles for dedicated game platforms to smart devices because if we cannot provide our consumers with the best possible play experiences, it would just ruin the value of Nintendo’s IP.”
Game hardware will continue to be a big part of Nintendo’s vision and by next year they have plans to discuss a new gaming platform, codenamed “NX.” In the meantime, Nintendo will work together with DeNA to retool their membership service to span all devices and work on making new games apps for smart devices.
Does this mean we’ll get to see a new Metroid game for smart devices? Pokemon P(hone)/Pokemon T(ablet) edition? There’s a big market for mobile games, so this announcement is unsurprising given the recent dip in Nintendo’s sales over the last couple of years. Perhaps the new direction will breathe life into old franchises, bringing new and creative games to the fold. Indie developers have certainly made their home on mobile platforms, and they’ve helped pushed the boundaries of game experience. Just look at Ustwo’s Monument Valley, which combined 3D puzzling with stunning design to bring a zen-like gaming experience. Or even Chair’s Infinity Blade, which pushed the boundaries of phone graphics. There’s a lot of potential for Nintendo, who is no stranger to unique game design, to bring new experiences to players, and it will be interesting to see how they explore the new platform.
Of course, with any new adventure there’s always uncertainty. Nintendo is entering into the mobile fray later than most of its competitors, but it has the benefit of recognizable characters and a devoted fan base to help with the transition. There’s also the question of microtransactions and how it will affect player experience, but that will be dependent on the kinds of games they make. Regardless of the doubt, Nintendo has a singular vision for the future of their company and it will be interesting to see what this will mean for players in the coming year.
How do you feel about Nintendo’s mobile gaming endeavor? Are you screaming wildly with joy? Have any doubts? Let us know in the comments below! You can watch the press conference here!
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