Finally, Nintendo took the decision to make its move into smartphone gaming. After years and years of speculation, the famous house of Mario declared on Tuesday that they will arrive on smart devices. After this long awaited response, they also unveiled the code-name of their dedicated games system.
Nintendo is well-known as being the owner of one of the best game franchises of all time, like The Legend of Zelda, Mario and many other. Throughout the years, the Japanese gaming giant has been very conservative about letting their popular games room onto other devices. But, after the company’s fortunes faded in the face of competition from gaming on tables and phones, Nintendo decided to give their fans a chance to play with the company’s popular characters.
With the purpose to accomplish this long awaited move, Nintendo signed a deal with Japanese company DeNa, which is known as a company that publishes a range of free-to-play mobile games. “All Nintendo [intellectual property] will be eligible for development and exploration by the alliance,” Nintendo declared at a press release. This means that Zelda and Mario games are definitely in the cards. To be mentioned that only original and new games will be made, so users should not expect any ports of 3DS games or WII U.
The House of Mario has resisted the temptation to get in the smartphone and tablet gaming for a long period of time, but now it’s time to finally enjoy their famous franchise games. “The business morphed from the only way that any young person could play a video game into one of many choices for young people who are just learning how to play games,” Michael Pachter, an analyst with Wedbush Securities, declared.
Numerous of DeNa’s games generate cash for their maker using in-app payments, meaning that Nintendo may have some plans to release games that are free to download, but offer users the option to buy extra items or unlock levels in change for small amounts of real cash. This is not a new technique, if we take for example Candy Crush, which has demonstrated the earning power of these so-called “fermium” games.