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News: Mobile Is Konami's Future, According To President Hideki Hayakawa

Mobile Is Konami's Future, According To President Hideki Hayakawa

"We will pursue mobile games aggressively"

Konami president Hideki Hayakawa has been speaking to Nikkei Trendy Net about the company's future, giving the strongest indication yet of how the firm's business is changing. Hayakawa states that smart devices represent the core focus of Konami's business moving forward. The success of Konami's current...

News: Producer Of The Mario Kart Series Appointed As Head Of Nintendo’s Mobile Development Division

Producer Of The Mario Kart Series Appointed As Head Of Nintendo’s Mobile Development Division

Likely to mean Hideki Konno

Following Nintendo's big announcement in March that it would partner with DeNA to bring popular Nintendo IP to new games on smart devices, there was much speculation about how exactly this enthralling venture would unfold. Now Japanese news outlet Sankei is reporting that Nintendo's latest financial results have shed...

News: Nintendo's Mobile Partner DeNA Lays Off Significant Number Of North American Staff

Nintendo's Mobile Partner DeNA Lays Off Significant Number Of North American Staff

San Francisco and Vancouver offices impacted in "reshape" of operations

Japanese mobile company DeNA has laid off a significant number of North American employees, it has been revealed today. The job losses are taking place at the company's San Francisco and Vancouver offices, and while exact numbers aren't forthcoming at the moment, the layoffs...

News: Satoru Iwata Emphasizes That There Are "No Exceptions" in IP for Smart Devices, But Rules Out Straight Ports

Satoru Iwata Emphasizes That There Are "No Exceptions" in IP for Smart Devices, But Rules Out Straight Ports

"Will continue to develop dedicated game titles for our dedicated hardware"

Nintendo has shocked a number of fans and onlookers today with confirmation that it's entered into partnership with DeNA to bring a range of products and games to smart devices. Though Satoru Iwata had suggested this sort of avenue was possible in the past, the sudden...

News: Nintendo Set To License All IP to Mobile Publisher DeNA

Nintendo Set To License All IP to Mobile Publisher DeNA

Apps and games (yes, games) coming to smart devices globally

Breaking news this morning is a "Business and Capital Alliance" between Nintendo and fellow Japanese firm DeNA. Nintendo Co., Ltd. (Tokyo: 7974) and DeNA Co., Ltd. (Tokyo: 2432) today entered into a business and capital alliance to develop and operate new game apps for smart devices and...

News: App Supporting 3DS Tethering With Mobile Confirmed for Japan

App Supporting 3DS Tethering With Mobile Confirmed for Japan

Nintendo in partnership with DoCoMo

While tech-savvy gamers may already know how to 'tether' their 3DS to a smartphone in order to use its online connection, Nintendo has confirmed an app — in partnership with provider DoCoMo — that is rolling out in Japan. Its goal is to make tethering the portable system with a mobile's connection as easy as...

News: Investor Wants Nintendo To Create Mobile Titles With Game-Altering In-App Purchases

Investor Wants Nintendo To Create Mobile Titles With Game-Altering In-App Purchases

"Just think of paying 99 cents just to get Mario to jump a little higher"

Please understand, Nintendo isn't keen on bringing its library of games to mobile right now — company president Satoru Iwata has been pretty firm on that point. However, Nintendo is an organisation which has shareholders, and that means it constantly faces pressure from...

News: Mobile Pokémon Clone Eco Spirits Hatches A Kickstarter Campaign

Mobile Pokémon Clone Eco Spirits Hatches A Kickstarter Campaign

No stretch goals set for an “Eco Spirits Rap”, though

Nintendo stated earlier this week that it currently had no plans to make or release any games — be they full size or mini — on mobile devices. This may have pleased some fans of the company, but it may also have disappointed others. If you fit in to the latter category, fear not — just...

News: Nintendo States There Are "No Plans" to Bring Mini-Games to Smart Devices

Nintendo States There Are "No Plans" to Bring Mini-Games to Smart Devices

Satoru Iwata's Corporate Management Policy Briefing will reveal more

The Nikkei, a prominent business newspaper and website in Japan, recently published an article outlining its understanding of Nintendo's upcoming smart device strategies, highlighting its expectations of what will be announced later this week when Satoru Iwata provides an investor...

News: The Nikkei Reports Potential Nintendo Smartphone Strategy, to be Announced This Week

The Nikkei Reports Potential Nintendo Smartphone Strategy, to be Announced This Week

Marketing and mini-games on the agenda

Nintendo recently announced major reductions in its sales and financial projections for this financial year, prompting various calls for action throughout the media and from fans. Those calls have naturally included suggestions to jump into the smartphone and tablet markets, though Satoru Iwata has stated that...

News: Nintendo Stock Value Rises After Buying Stake In Mobile Web Company Dwango

Nintendo Stock Value Rises After Buying Stake In Mobile Web Company Dwango

Embracing the mobile market

Mobile gaming is something Nintendo reportedly has no plans of participating in anytime soon. President Satoru Iwata previously made it clear Nintendo would lose its identity if it were to make such a move. On other occasions, he has said this field of games and software development is under absolutely no consideration...

News: Game Designers Reveal How Super Mario Bros. 3 Would Work As A Free-To-Play Mobile Title

Game Designers Reveal How Super Mario Bros. 3 Would Work As A Free-To-Play Mobile Title

It's not for the faint hearted...

Free-to-play mobile games have proven popular with casual gamers over recent years and there is seemingly no end of developers looking to create another addictive bird chucking or candy crushing title to harvest money from people's e-wallets. Many people have wondered if this free-to-play model can work for much...

Soapbox: Mobile And Tablet Gaming Is Creating A Generation Of Talentless Players

Mobile And Tablet Gaming Is Creating A Generation Of Talentless Players

Touchscreens are all very well, but Damien McFerran wants his pad back

As much as dedicated console players hate to admit it, smartphone and tablet gaming has really taken off of late. Companies like GungHo interactive are reaching the kind of audience and generating the kind of revenue that their more established rivals can only dream of, and...

News: Miyamoto: Working With Both Hardware And Software Offers Nintendo "Strong Advantages"

Miyamoto: Working With Both Hardware And Software Offers Nintendo "Strong Advantages"

Not looking to move to smartphones any time soon, then

Abandoning hardware and becoming a software-only company would rob Nintendo of many "strong environmental advantanges", according to the company's most famous staff member. Speaking to GamesIndustry International, Shigeru Miyamoto has refuted claims that making software for other hardware would...