Nintendo to introduce its first smartphone game tomorrow

Nintendo to introduce its first smartphone game tomorrow
Back in March, Nintendo announced that it was working with mobile developer DeNA to produce its first mobile video game. Two months later, the company said that it would be introducing the game before the end of the year. By next March, the company expects to have five smartphone titles available. Nintendo said that it would not merely move its console and hand-held games to a smartphone platform, but that it would tap into the company's portfolio of famous video game characters and franchises. Tomorrow, the company will announce its first smartphone game.

One Wall Street analyst believes that Nintendo could end up using the games to promote its console line. That doesn't mean that the company is giving up on producing some decent sales figures with the new titles. The company's focus is on "casual gamers" who like to play games on their mobile devices. But CEO  Satoru Iwata did say earlier this year that he expects to see those playing Ninteno's smartphone games "explore more premium experiences on our dedicated game systems."


The mobile gaming market is full of free and freemium titles. The latter games can be downloaded for free, but require players to make in-app purchases of special tools, or powers, necessary for the user to have any chance of success in the game. While Nintendo faces tough competition in this market, its CEO expects each of its smartphone games to be a hit.

source: WSJ

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23 Comments

1. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Damn! I misread the title and clicked the moment I saw it. I read " Nintendo to introduce its first smartphone tomorrow". How cool would that be!

6. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

It will probably happen eventually. Mobile gaming is a big business and Nintendo likes to make their own hardware. So probably sooner rather than later.

7. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Yeah, but if the 3DS is anything to go by, the hardware will be far from impressive.

9. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

I wouldn't be surprised if the NX is in some way a Smartphone, whether traditional or the platform allows for Smartphone devices to be utilized with the games.

10. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The Nintendo Phone Boy with a 5.7" Super AMBLED display and includes Tetris, Mario, Zelda and more. With an option of a 128GB SD card with game ROM hard-coded to the chip with its own 1GB of ram with the phone having 2GB of its own RAM. SD808 and have Samsung or LG make it. Make all games download able from N-Store.

15. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

What's the B in AMBLED stand for? Bowser?

2. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

Pika-in-app-purchase!

3. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

POKEMON GO

4. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

This is going to be Apple in the future when Android or someone else's market share and just not profits investments pay off. You knew Sony and Ms losing money but providing cutting edge and high end tech in the PS and Xbox was going to eventually pay off. While Nintendo only concentrating on profit gouging eventually had to resort to the wii and now mobile to satiate their profit margins without offering anything big budget. Now Sony and MS has the market all to themselves. Once mobile OS mature and simple and just works is too simple, Apple will finally get what they deserve and will have to be beggars like Nintendo is going mobile. Lol

23. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 715; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Beggars? They have thousands of premium app developers and you say they are begging on nintendo to release it on their ios device? Get this fact: Ios has only dozens of their devices while android has hundreds or even thousands to support for app development. For example. How long did it take to release the fallout shelter on android when it was introduced on ios?

5. Monsterhunter

Posts: 42; Member since: Oct 14, 2015

Dark you are. Lol

8. Odeira

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

Please let it not be an in-app-ocalypse. PLEASE LET IT NOT BE AN IN-APP-OCALYPSE.

13. Scott93274

Posts: 6030; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I will be heartbroken if Nintendo adopts the IAP model.

20. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

They will. I read an article about it ages ago.

22. Scott93274

Posts: 6030; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I don't like you very much right now. lol. I guess tomorrow we'll see what they're up to.

11. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I remember back in the 80's when hardcore gamers were saying how much better Sega was and how one day Nintendo would be reduced to making Mario games for Sega. Ended up being the other way around. Then Nintendo said it wouldn't port anybody it's games to other mobile platforms and now look. I think Nintendo should pay LG or Samsung to make a smartphone with a customized version of Nadroid, like Amazon did, make it GSM and port all their games to it from the past and charge for them. The following collections would be awesome: The Super Mario World Collection The Tetris Collection The super Mario Land Collection The Pokémon Collection Many more.... Give it midrange hardware and sell it off contract for 299.99 with one collection of 3 games included. Not stripped down games. The original roms hard-coded to the firmware.

18. Konsento

Posts: 139; Member since: Apr 10, 2015

It doesn't need to be a phone. Make it a tablet! Have it run on a custom build of Android; put the Nvidia Tegra X1 or even some sort of Intel Core M chip in there.

12. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1183; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

I thought pokemon shuffle for ios was the first smartphone game from Nintendo !!! No idea what this article is actually about....

16. Beto_Lopez

Posts: 44; Member since: Apr 14, 2015

i think the same way as you, but if we get strict pokemon shuffle is a game from The Pokemon Company not Nintendo. i know is the same but people like to complicate things

14. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

First time I've actually been excited for a mobile game.

17. mildorzalost

Posts: 143; Member since: Jun 03, 2014

I don't care... I have windows phone, so... I'll probably never play it I'll keep buying the real games for console

19. mixedfish

Posts: 1547; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Nintendo realised it was always toy company first, so selling out was from the core market was never an issue.

21. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

http://www.theverge.com/2015/10/28/9633272/nintendo-smartphone-game-miitomo didn't really expect a Mii cross app, wanted more of a game lol.

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