Nintendo has revealed its latest financial results, and though we await the full transcript of President Tatsumi Kimishima's briefing the early noises online suggest that much was kept rather close to the chest. Nevertheless the company is working to charm investors into keeping the faith after results that saw a notable drop in profits and a slowdown in sales momentum for the 3DS, in particular.
Naturally investors are clamouring to know what Nintendo and DeNA have up their sleeves for their next smart device apps, as Miitomo will arrive in March. As previously announced on multiple occasions, we're looking at 5-6 apps coming in the next 18 months (roughly), and we're likely not far off details of the second app from the partnership. Tomoaki Kawasaki, an analyst at Iwai Cosmo Securities Co., was quoted as saying the following on the topic.
There is a lot of attention on Miitomo in March and what it will say about the company's strategy. Nintendo absolutely needs a new growth driver.
Kimishima-san hasn't revealed details, but Bloomberg is quoting the executive as saying the following about the company's next arrival in the mobile space.
Our second game will not be a communication app. We are going to pick some intellectual property that is very well known to everyone. There are plans for new businesses in the works.
That description naturally brings Mario to mind, and there'll be a lot of intrigue when Nintendo and DeNA unveil the first 'game' for iOS / Android, especially as Miitomo is a communications app. We must also remember that Nintendo is co-publisher and funder of Pokémon Go, which is set to be a huge release on smart devices this year.
Which franchise do you want Nintendo to bring to smart devices next? Or would you simply prefer that all smartphones and tablets are destroyed and only dedicated gaming systems are allowed?