Nintendo Wants To Ramp Up Its Mobile Game Development, Apparently

The gaming giant failed to develop mobile games fast enough and is now trying to catch up, report says.


Nintendo wants to do more in the mobile game space, apparently. Nintendo already owns a 10 percent stake in DeNA and is working with them on five mobile games, the most recent of which was Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. But The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Nintendo wants to work with more mobile game developers to release more games after the company failed to get involved in the mobile game space early on.

According to the report, Nintendo believes it can release more games, faster, by aligning with more partners. However, the report added that Nintendo doesn't plan to actually invest in any of these companies, as it did with DeNA.

The report claims that Nintendo spoke with Puzzle & Dragons developer GungHo about a potential partnership, though a spokesperson claimed no discussions ever happened with Nintendo. The two companies already worked together, as some Mario characters showed up in the Puzzle & Dragons game for 3DS. There is no word on what other companies Nintendo might have spoken with or will speak with about making mobile games.

For a long time, Nintendo refused to bring its franchises to mobile devices in part because the company maintained that it would rather focus on its own dedicated gaming devices. However, this stance changed, and Nintendo has already released a few mobile games and apps, including Miitopia, Super Mario Run, Fire Emblem Heroes, and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. We don't know what other titles might be in the works but it's hard to imagine a Mario Kart game won't be among them.

If Nintendo is to make more mobile games, what would you like to see? Let us know in the comments below! In other Nintendo news, the Switch continues to sell well, recently crossing 10 million units sold worldwide.

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