Nintendo had earlier announced about its partnership with DeNA to bring Nintendo games to mobile platforms. In today's financial briefing, Nintendo reveals that we will be seeing five games for iOS by the end of March 2017. The first one of these will be available before the end of this year. Nintendo plans to build Nintendo for iOS games from the very scratch and doesn't intend to port the existing titles. However, the popular and iconic Nintendo characters will live on the mobile too.
Five Nintendo for iOS games expected till 2017:
Nintendo doesn't seem very hopeful about the success in mobile gaming due to high level of existing competition. On why Nintendo isn't porting existing titles, the CEO Satoru Iwata explained,
the odds of success are quite low if consumers cannot appreciate the quality of a game. Also, if we were simply to port software that already has a track record on a dedicated game system, it would not match the play styles of smart devices, and the appropriate business models are different between the two, so we would not anticipate a great result.
This is the reason, company is focusing on a rather smaller number of titles for a long stretch as it might want to judge the response and improve further. Nintendo certainly wants to make its mobile games as addictive as the titles have remained on the consoles.
Here are the details about the number of Nintendo for iOS games expected over the coming years:
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. You may think it is a small number, but when we aim to make each title a hit, and because we want to thoroughly operate every one of them for a significant amount of time after their releases, this is not a small number at all and should demonstrate our serious commitment to the smart device business.
Would it bother you to not see your favorite titles on mobile platforms or you'd rather have something built purely for the mobile screens?