In Wake of Iwata's Death, Nintendo Mobile Games Still on Schedule

"Things are moving forward according to schedule."

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Following Nintendo president Satoru Iwata's death last month, mobile game developer DeNA has now confirmed that its partnership with Nintendo for mobile games is moving forward according to schedule.

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Asked during a recent earnings presentation [PDF] if there would be "any particular impact" as a result of Iwata's passing and the management shakeup that ensued, DeNA offered the following statement.

"We are not in a position to comment on Nintendo's management structure," it said. "In our partnership, decision-making is done jointly by the two companies and things are moving forward according to schedule."

The first of DeNA's mobile games based on Nintendo franchises is due out this year, with five in all to launch by the end of March 2017. A slide from DeNA's earnings report (below) suggests that we may learn about this first game soon, as it teases that "announcement plans" are underway.

The slide also references the launch of a new cross-device membership service and the next evolution of Nintendo's loyalty program. Neither DeNA nor Nintendo have announced much about these to date.

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Overseeing Nintendo's mobile game development team is veteran Mario Kart producer Hideki Konno. Nintendo won't be porting its console games to mobile, instead electing to create all new titles made specifically for smartphones and tablets.

As for why Nintendo is even getting into the smartphone gaming business, Nintendo of America marketing executive Scott Moffitt recently explained that the company is reversing its long-stated stance because the smartphone market today is simply too big to ignore.

"We can't deny the massive install base of smartphones out there, and some fans that aren't old enough yet to afford their own gaming console, perhaps for those consumers they can start to appreciate some of our content and build a relationship with some of our characters and our franchises," he said in a recent interview. "We feel it's going to be an additive to our console business."

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Good move because I have a super mobile and I wont buy a Nintendo Device to play the games .

Now all what I need is to buy the Nintendo games on mobile and I will have the fun of Nintendo Games .

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The death of Iwata should not impact or Delay Nintendo/DeNA debut of mobile games on Android or iOS. Since Iwata just had to give the go ahead for Nintendo to try it's hand making smartphone games. The Big N just has to learn the hard way that mobile phone games is not going to work out. Smartphone games will be limited and not have much replayability

This has little to do with Iwata not being present (R.I.P) Nintendo/DeNa just have to learn that this venture will not be very profitable, Sony abandoned Sony Mobile this past July 15 2015 after starting into making mobile games in 2012. Nintendo will exit mobile in 2018, after it proves unprofitable. Nintendo's plan of having Smartphone game players move over to Nintendo dedicated handheld and home console platforms is going to fail.

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@Megavideogamer: not totally sure, lots of very young children play mobile games. My nephew loves them and if they market towards the young up and coming gamers it could be profitable they don't have to pump millions into it and it could be a casual pocket money spinner for them

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This move will backfire. I need more substance in my games, not $0.99 smartphone mental masturbation. If Nintendo is seriously considering this route, they will not survive.

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@40mdf0: Dude, where did get your info from? How do you know how much the games are going to cost? How do you know what games they are? How do you know who's going to enjoy these games? Man if I could see the future like you I would make lots of money. Nintendo isn't Rovio sir, they actually care how they play and the substance behind them. Good try...Troll again.

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@fig56: Name one mobile game (not a port from another system) that you play for longer than the time it takes to go to the can.

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@Savior4Life: Your basing your info on what OTHER companies are doing with mobile games. Nintendo is not some run of the mill developer that's in it to make a quick buck off of one game. They are a reputable company that has been around for over 100 years. At least wait until they release a few mobile games before you start ASSUMING they are going to be just like the rest of the shovelwate crap that in mobile now.

And to answer your question: I don't play games on mobile. But that might change if Nintendo brings some of my favorite IPs to mobile.

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@fig56: I'm hoping your right for their sake. Regardless, I have a gaming PC and a PS4 and like most, a smart phone as well, but I (like many gamers I assume) can't see myself interrupting my backlog of games with my limited time to play something on my smart phone. If you can, good on ya.

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Yall can do it, godspeed, please save us once again Nintendo, the gaming industry needs its savior, guide us into the future. The 3 Kings shall save the day one again, Blizzard, Nintendo, and Valve, we call upon yall to set this ship right, please give it your best shot, in the long run you shall be rewarded dearly for your service.

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@mesome713: Didn't your mother tell you not to use drugs...? If she did, you should have listened. Nintendo isn't saving anyone turning to mobile gaming, lol!

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@mesome713: I don't know who needs saving, the gaming industry or Nintendo themselves?

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@davillain-: Nintendo is the only one out of the main 3 actually making a profit sir. Maybe you should redirect your question in another fashion?

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@fig56: Ahahahahhahaha! *catches breath* Ahahahahahahaha!

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@fig56: The big 3 are making a profits on there new consoles, Not just one Co. I know Sony is losing money, but since when did MS is losing money now all of a sudden?

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@davillain-: You can't compare Sony and Microsoft (as a whole) to Nintendo who only makes gaming devices and peripherals when both prior companies have various divisions of sales. If your going to compare them down the line SCE and MGS are fairing far better than Nintendo.

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@davillain-: Youll find out soon enough my child. In the mean time, stay away from Justin Bieber.

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@mesome713: Okay, time to play the waiting game :-)

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