Nintendo is teaming up with mobile gaming company DeNA with the goal of bringing Nintendo characters to new, original games for smartphones.
In a press release from Nintendo, the venture seeks to complement Nintendo’s dedicated video game systems business by bringing their famous IPs to smart devices and helps DeNA strengthen its gaming business. Again, older games will not be ported over to smartphones, but instead “only new, original games optimized for smart device functionality will be created, rather than porting games created specifically for the Wii U home console or the Nintendo 3DS portable system.”
To allow for the best collaboration, all Nintendo IPs will be available for development and exploration. There are also plans for an online membership service which will be accessible from smart devices, PC, and Nintendo systems, with a target launch for the fall of 2015.
The other bit of news from Nintendo, as validated by Kotaku, is the development of a new dedicated gaming system. Along with the mobile gaming announcement, Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata also briefly discussed how the collaboration makes the passion for dedicated systems even stronger. “As proof that Nintendo maintains strong enthusiasm for the dedicated game system business, let me confirm that Nintendo is currently developing a dedicated game platform with a brand new concept under the development codename ‘NX’.”
It is unclear how this could affect the Wii U, though the fact that this was announced during a mobile gaming venture plus the term “brand new concept” could mean this new ‘NX’ hardware could be a bridge between mobile and console gaming.
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