Nintendo is finally stepping into the realm of smartphone gaming and has announced when the first mobile and tablet products will be made available for consumers.
The Japanese gaming giant, who has been struggling to compete against Sony and Microsoft of late, has confirmed that their first game will arrive before the end of the year. There are also plans to release four other games between then and March 2017.
Five may seem like a small number for mobile gaming, but Nintendo’s president Satoru Iwata has explained that these are not going to be your average smartphone or tablet products. He hopes that each of these games will pack the same clout with their release as any other major Nintendo title. They aim “to make each title a hit”.
After denying a move into the smartphone sector for a long time it seems that Nintendo is now committing to this medium in a huge way – more so than any of their competitors.
The question now remains what these titles may be. Could they be based on beloved existing franchises and characters such as Mario, Zelda or Donkey Kong? Or will they be wholly original ones for a new generation of gamers?
All we do know is that they will not mere ports of released titles, in the same vein as what Rockstar did with their early Grand Theft Auto titles or the first Max Payne games.