Nintendo's next mobile title will include a well-recognized character, says CEO

Nintendo's next mobile title will include a well-recognized character, says CEO
Pokemon. Smash Bros. Donkey Kong. Mario. The list of great titles that Nintendo might have released for smartphones and tablets is pretty extensive. The Japanese gaming maestro threatened to put avid fans out of their misery with the announcement of new apps for current mobile devices, but the sobering reality was a new, socially-focused utility called Miitomo. Not exactly a re-run of Goldeneye. Having just posted another major quarterly profits dip, it seems that that company may finally be ready to add some of its much-loved gaming family to our screens very soon. 

After the disappointment many gamers faced following the announcement of Miitomo, it's definitely too early to jump the gun and hope for a deluge of new Mario games to arrive in a hurry. But Nintendo CEO Tatsumi Kimishima has delivered the words that, for nigh-on a decade, ardent gaming fans will have longed to hear:


Such is the wealth of Nintendo's gaming catalog, that there are simply dozens of potential candidates to fill these shoes. The Mario collective would surely be a popular choice. But with fans of the likes of Pokemon and Zelda forced to contend with second-rate imitations through the App Store and Google Play, it will be good to see such classic characters dragged into the modern era. 

Nintendo has stuck to its guns dilligently, preferring to develop titles for its own consoles rather than for mobile platforms as a third-party developer. But the power of handsets and tablets have left dedicated handhelds looking rather obsolete, and Nintendo appears to be paying for its stubbornness in the form of cold, hard cash. 

As such, there's now quite a bit riding on this new-found delve into mobile games. As fans of Nintendo's line-up, we're certainly hoping to see Mario, Pikachu and the rest of the gang very soon. 

Which Nintendo faces are you most keen to see on iOS and Android? Let us know via the comments!

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25 Comments

1. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Andross (true form). Calling it.

2. shiftt

Posts: 333; Member since: May 03, 2015

"...Nintendo appears to be paying for its stubbornness in the form of cold, hard cash." Do you not know Nintendo is just sitting on cash? Screw PS4 vs Xbox, Nintendo is the OG.

6. TheWeasel

Posts: 403; Member since: Dec 26, 2014

Exactly. Some people think that Nintendo is counting on these apps to "save" them and make them a lot of money or something.

9. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

No, Nintendo ...used to be..... sitting on cash. If it wasnt for Amiboos they would be sitting on even less cash. You dont go from selling 100 million home consoles to just barely selling 10 million and dont feel it. And even as well as the 3DS is selling its a drop vs the DS. That cash pile they are sitting on isnt as big as it was before.

15. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

A couple things to consider: 1) Nintendo software titles are still selling extremely well despite the lower Wii U numbers. Yes, the Wii had some games sell around 30 million units like Mario Kart and New Super Mario Bros on the original Wii, but most game titles on the Wii U have sold proportionately better than the Wii versions. 2) Amiibos are printing money like crazy, they're $13 figures that probably only cost a couple bucks, the math isn't hard to do. 3) They're still doing very good with the handheld segment, the 3DS is performing well. 4) The software attach rate is better than it was on the Wii.

21. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I just ordered a new 3ds xl - hyrule gold edition, yup i am an over growth Nintendo fanboy. http://www.gamestop.com/nintendo-3ds/consoles/nintendo-new-3ds-xl-hyrule-gold-edition-gamestop-exclusive/124992

22. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Attach rate is kinda meaningless when the console is barely over 10 million sold. Its good that folks with the Wii U are buying games but still...

10. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Case in point: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-02-02/nintendo-profit-falls-36-as-lack-of-hits-hurts-holiday-sales People have to remember money doesnt just replace itself when you have products that dont sell as well as their predecessors. I suggest some of yall that think Nintendo is sitting on cash actually read the source link if you can.

16. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

how about you read that link. Profit falls... they still made profit. The money they were sitting on doesn't just disappear just because they made less profit than they did 5 years ago, lol.

18. ECPirate37

Posts: 338; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

I agree with downphoenix. Nintendo has $10.5 billion in the bank. They could lose $250 million a year and last until 2052. But, making $336 million in profits isn't something to dismiss. I think the vast majority of companies in the world would LOVE to have that kind of profit. So as the others have said, Nintendo is sitting on cash, and really do not have to worry too much for a few years. If they invested in a mutual fund returning 10%, they would still be making over a billion a year. I'm looking forward to the NX. I LOVE my Wii U, even though the only game I really play on it is Splatoon. That game alone was worth the purchase. I have all of the Lego Dimensions stuff too.

23. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Ok...so are you really saying that them selling waaaay less Wii U's isnt making that money disappear? The only way I could see that is if Nintendo guessed right before the Wii U launched that it wasnt going to sell well and manufactured an extremely low number. Its not going to disappear over night, but that mighty war chest has gotten smaller...Remember with Nintendo games is basically all they have. MS and Sony are much more diverse. If they start losing sales it will hurt them waay more than the other 2.

26. ECPirate37

Posts: 338; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

That is exactly what I said. They made $336 million in profits. It would have been even more if the Yen hadn't dropped so much in the past year. And like most large companies (i.e. Apple, Samsung, etc.) they manufacture based on expected sales, and then refresh the number after the product hits the market. The war chest GREW this past year by $336 million. Yes, it would have grown by even more if they had sold more systems, but none the less it grew. You mentioned Sony, I believe they lost $105 million last year. Microsoft lost even more I believe, but since their fiscal years end at such a wonky time, I'm not in the mood to make sure I'm correct. Feel free to prove me wrong. So among the three we have discussed, Nintendo made the most profit. The thing with profit is, you don't have to sell the most to be profitable, you just have to manage the business. If Nintendo is selling the WiiU at $250, and their overhead is $200, they still make $50 on each one sold. And if they only have to sell 8 million to break even, great. I have no clue about Nintendo's break even points on their products, but I really don't care. All I care about is that they stick around, and when they make $336 million in profits, they will stick around a while longer.

3. xperian

Posts: 420; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

My guess is Mario endless runner

7. TheWeasel

Posts: 403; Member since: Dec 26, 2014

I hope that doesn't happen. It doesn't seem like Nintendo to do that either, but who knows, with DeNA calling most of the shots on this little project.

17. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

why not? Endless Runners are fun and a mario style formula (one focused on platforming) would be an excellent fit.

4. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Just give us Pokemon GO

11. Bernoulli

Posts: 4361; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Not something that is commonly associated with Nintendo

24. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Pokemon not associated with Nintendo? What planet are you from?

25. Bernoulli

Posts: 4361; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Please check to see who has the rights to Pokémon, not nintendo.

27. ECPirate37

Posts: 338; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

Checked, and it IS Nintendo. Pokemon is owned by Nintendo, Game Freak, and Creatures, Inc. 1/3 by each. Nintendo owns 54% of Game Freak and all of Creatures, Inc. Therefore, Nintendo has the rights to Pokemon. If these stats are wrong, could you please show me your information showing updated info that I do not have.

5. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Mario Run, Zelda Championship Fighting, Ganon's Revenge, Toadstool Great Adventures King Koopa's Castle Adventures

12. Bernoulli

Posts: 4361; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

I'd love to see some Zelda (link) with a Nokia slogan style: nintendo, linking people people.

14. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

i just want pokEMON GO!!

20. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

The only info we have is 2016 but that pretty bold claim in gaming world especially Nintendo. 2016 can mean the first 3 months in japan or anything. I don't expect it till fall or even 2017 spring

19. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

LIEEEEEEES

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