Nintendo committed to releasing 2 to 3 mobile games every year
A week after Nintendo launched its first true mobile game, Super Mario Run, the Japanese video game studio revealed it is going to aim for 2 to 3 mobile releases starting 2017. It was no secret that Nintendo had a couple of smartphone titles already in the works, but it is now evident that the company is going for a harder push in the mobile gaming industry.
Starting with the ill-fated Miitomo social app and Super Mario Run, Nintendo this year entered a new sector of the gaming industry in a surprise move for fans, but one that was long overdue according to many market observers. Although Super Mario Run shattered records on the App Store, hitting 40 million downloads just 4 days after its launch, the game was met with lukewarm reception from critics and gamers alike.
Recently, in an interview with Japanese publication Kyoto Shimbun, president of Nintendo Tatsumi Kimishima confirmed rumors that Nintendo already has a number mobile titles in the works, and also revealed his company will aim to release at least 2 or 3 mobile experiences each year from now on. According to Mr. Kimishima, Nintendo now sees mobile as the “third pillar” of the company’s business, which has until now been focused on dedicated home and handheld consoles.
On a side note, Kimishima also shared that he expects Super Mario Run to hit 100 million downloads on the App Store, and that Nintendo is “listening to user input in order to improve Super Mario Run.”
No word yet on when the mustachioed plumber’s latest adventure will reach Android.