By the end of this year, smartphone users might get a glimpse of a familiar moustachioed plumber in red and blue overalls hopping all over their smartphone screens. Or maybe not. It’s too early to tell yet, but one can dream!
Nintendo’s president recently announced that this legendary videogame company will be working with DeNA, a mobile app developer, to release five smartphone games over the course of the next two years. Their first game will be out sometime towards the end of this year.
Quality Over Quantity
They explain that the somewhat low number of titles is part of the company’s quality over quantity approach, a strategy they hope to adapt during their transition to mobile devices.
Long-time Nintendo fans looking for full-fledged versions of Nintendo classics such as Super Smash Brothers, Pokemon, The Legend of Zelda, or Animal Crossing might need to dial down their excitement by just a bit.
Nintendo claims that jumping to smartphone platforms will not mean releasing ports of existing franchises – their mobile games will be focused on providing a smaller, bite-sized smartphone gaming experience.
Knowing Nintendo, you can expect them to create fresh, original games that are most likely superior compared to usual apps like Candy Crush. The Japanese videogame giant has a tendency to lean more towards doing things that haven’t been done before, as evidenced by their handheld 3D-glasses-less 3DS and motion control Wii and Wii U.
While videogame purists might not agree with Nintendo’s latest move, seeing it as nothing more than an obvious cash-grab attempt, if all goes well then the winners here will be casual videogame fans who don’t own a console or a handheld system. More quality games are surely on the horizon.