According to Nintendo head Satoru Iwata, the company will begin work on releasing games for mobile devices like the iPhone and Android handsets beginning this year.
While ensuring that the company will still produce home consoles for their fans, Mr. Iwata let loose the details of a robust mobile plan and their continued direction with Nintendo as a whole.
“Regarding the individual video game titles, when it will be launched, we will be making the announcement when each of those games are ready. “At least, however, we believe that there is no mean of collaboration if we can’t launch anything, at least once, or some sort of output within this year.” – Polygon.com
Going forward in much more detail during the official announcement, Mr. Iwata explained how a new membership service could span PC, mobile and console gaming all at once within the Nintendo brand.
“Nintendo, together with DeNA, will jointly develop a new membership service which encompasses the existing Nintendo 3DS and Wii U systems, the new hardware system with a brand-new concept, NX, and smart devices and PCs, and Nintendo will be the primary party to operate this new membership service. Unlike the Club Nintendo membership service that Nintendo has been operating, the new membership service will include multiple devices and create a connection between Nintendo and each individual consumer regardless of the device the consumer uses. This membership will form one of the core elements of the new Nintendo platform that I just mentioned.”
“Please also note that, even if we use the same IP on our dedicated video game systems and smart devices, we will not port the titles for the former to the latter just as they are. There are significant differences in the controls, strengths and weaknesses between the controllers for dedicated game systems and the touchscreens of smart devices.
“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. For smart devices, even in the case where we utilize the same IP, we will create completely new game software that will perfectly match the play styles of smart devices.”
Looking to build all-new and original work for the mobile space will certainly mean that Nintendo will bring Mario and Zelda to our phones and PCs in the coming years, but without exclusivity on the Nintendo home console – dubbed the NX, will there be a reason to buy the system? Our bet is that not only will Nintendo launch games to the mobile and PC space, but many of them will be all-platform, where the NX still grabs console-only titles to keep it hot.