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Nintendo Coming to Mobile Gaming with Original Titles

News by admin on Wednesday March 18, 2015.

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The mobile gaming market has exploded in recent years, with most major traditional game developers joining the medium. However, arguably the most celebrated name of them all has been absent, I am talking about Nintendo. The Japanese console maker has held off releasing any titles on mobile devices, but that is about to change as Nintendo is collaborating with developer DeNA to produce new titles for smartphones and tablets.

Nintendo has its own handheld gaming line (the 3DS) and has been reluctant to blur the lines by joining mobile gaming. However, Nintendo has a slew of characters and titles that are ready made for the jump to iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and indeed other mobile devices. However, while you may be getting excited about playing Mario Kart Wii U on your iPhone, forget about, as that is not the plan.

DeNA will use Nintendo's characters to create brand new games and will not port current console or handheld titles for mobile devices. While some will be disappointed about that, I am at least excited to know we will be getting original content based on Nintendo?s characters. However, considering how mobile gaming is heading, we are probably going to get a Mario endless runner or something of that ilk.

Nintendo has been forced into this in many ways as console sales have dried and only the popularity of games is keeping the company ticking at the moment. The Japanese giant said the mobile games will "complement Nintendo's dedicated video game systems business and extend Nintendo's reach into the vast market of smart device users worldwide."

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