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Nintendo's making games for mobile now

By Jasper Oregas & Salehuddin Bin Husin - on 19 Mar 2015, 10:25am

Nintendo's making games for mobile now

You're not going to need emulators any more to play a Mario game on your smart device.

Nintendo's just announced that they're partnering with Japanese giant DeNA (pronounced D.N.A.) to produce brand new games based on their I.P. for the mobile market. That means that Mario and company is coming to an Android and iOS device near you soon.

DeNA Co. Ltd is the owner of the Mobage service on mobiles, with games such as Rage of Bahamut and Star Wars: Galactic Defense under their umbrella. Mobage is known for their free to play titles, which means that the Nintendo games released under this partnership will most likely be free to play titles.

Nintendo has stressed that the partnership is no way an indication of them leaving the console business. To allay fears that the company might be leaving console gaming, Nintendo's also revealed that they're working on a new console codenamed the NX, though no other details were given. Considering that Nintendo just launched the New 3DS, it stands to reason that the NX will be the Wii U's successor. Currently, Nintendo's Wii U is lagging behind Sony's Playstation 4 and Microsoft's Xbox One in terms of sales numbers and established user base. Nintendo is the undisputed leader of the handheld scene though, with the 3DS and the New 3DS running riot over Sony's Playstation Vita.

Interestingly, Nintendo's plans to make games for mobiles is eerily reminiscent of Sega's in the early 2000s. Sega too announced a plan to develop games for mobiles, after their console, the Dreamcast, failed to achieve mass market success. Nintendo's announcement that they're making mobile games comes after a similarly disappointing performance of their Wii U console. Sega, despite denials to the contrary, eventually pulled out of the hardware business and is now a third party developer for all consoles.

While it may seem unlikely that Nintendo would follow in Sega's footsteps, stranger things have happened before.