Nintendo President Satoru Iwata has said the company is planning to release its first smartphone game in 2015 after teaming up with Japanese games firm DeNA.
Don’t hold your breath just yet for conversions of modern-day Wii U or 3DS titles, Iwata said during a question and answer session yesterday. "Even if we use the same IP on our dedicated video game systems and smart devices, we will not port the titles for the former to the latter just as they are," he explained.
The partnership between Nintendo and DeNA, announced yesterday, will see the companies release a series of new original games for smart devices, but they did not say what they will roll out first.
"As for which Nintendo IP will be used, we do not intend to make any exceptions. Potentially, any Nintendo IP could be used in our smart device software," Iwata added.
Shintaro Asako, boss of the DeNA West subsidiary, told VentureBeat that Candy Crush Saga is certainly the game to aim at, and not just in terms of popularity, but also as a revenue stream.
“The game should attract a huge range of people. We wanted to get a huge audience like Candy Crush — like 100 million users. We wanted to create something with that kind of DAU [daily active user] base,” he said.
The two companies will jointly develop a new membership service for PCs, smartphones, tablets and Nintendo’s hardware devices. It’s due to launch in the autumn.
Iwata was also quick to dismiss any concerns that Nintendo’s tap into the smartphone game industry is a sign that it has lost its passion or vision for bespoke game systems and revealed that the company is currently developing a brand-new concept codenamed “NX”.