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News: DeNA West CEO Believes Nintendo Smart Device Releases "Might Change the Way People Play Mobile Games"

DeNA West CEO Believes Nintendo Smart Device Releases "Might Change the Way People Play Mobile Games"

Thinks "hundreds of millions" of people will want to play

We can expect quite a lot of focus on Nintendo and DeNA in the coming months, as the big N will be making its long awaited - especially by shareholders - entry in the world of smart device gaming. DeNA's experience in the market and background in 'services' will combine with Nintendo's game...

News: Nintendo and DeNA Smart Device Game Still On Track, Announcement Details Currently Being Planned

Nintendo and DeNA Smart Device Game Still On Track, Announcement Details Currently Being Planned

We can expect a smartphone game in the next four months

The passing of Satoru Iwata in July was an significant blow to Nintendo and his many admirers around the world, though company business has so far continued to follow planned timelines - at present Shigeru Miyamoto and Genyo Takeda are running Nintendo on an interim basis. A major announcement...

News: DeNA Executive Confirms Plans For Five Nintendo Smart Device Games in Five Genres

DeNA Executive Confirms Plans For Five Nintendo Smart Device Games in Five Genres

One by the end of 2015, five by the end of March 2017

Nintendo has been relatively clear on its smart device plans with DeNA in recent times, emphasizing that we'll be playing the first game / app by the end of this year. Quite what that'll be is still an unknown, and we're most certainly intrigued. It's also been made clear that the volume of...

News: Nintendo Aims to Avoid 'Notorious' Smart Device Business Models With Its Releases

Nintendo Aims to Avoid 'Notorious' Smart Device Business Models With Its Releases

Keen to "appeal to a wide variety of people"

By the end of this year, barring unexpected delays, we'll have downloaded Nintendo's first dedicated game / app for smart devices. In partnership with smart device veterans DeNA, Nintendo is plotting a small number of apps that it hopes will generate significant revenue, transforming its profit margins...

News: Pokémon Shuffle is Heading to Android and iOS, to the Surprise of No-One

Pokémon Shuffle is Heading to Android and iOS, to the Surprise of No-One

Micro-transactions are Super Effective!

Pokémon Shuffle remains a trailblazer on the 3DS, a free-to-play match-three title on the portable reliant upon micro-transactions to actually return the development investment. It's been downloaded about 4.5 million times, though we don't know whether it's actually made Nintendo any notable profit. If...

News: Natsume Is Bringing Smartphone Title Ninja Strike To The Wii U eShop

Natsume Is Bringing Smartphone Title Ninja Strike To The Wii U eShop

Will be showing it off at E3

Natsume has just confirmed the titles it will be showing off at E3, and among them you'll spot a new name: Ninja Strike. Before you get your hopes up, it's not some exciting simulation of what it must have been like in ancient Japan when the Shogun's best assassins decided to down tools over low pay - instead, it's a...

Rumour: Nintendo NX Could Use Google's Android Operating System

Nintendo NX Could Use Google's Android Operating System

Bridging the gap between home and portable?

Nintendo's next console could use Google's Android OS, according to Japanese publication Nikkei. An editorial by Nikkei on Nintendo NX contains alleged "insider" knowledge which suggests that the Wii U's lack of third party support has impacted the approach Nintendo is taking to its next system. According...

News: Konami Not Turning Its Back On Consoles After All, Says Sorry For Causing Such A Fuss

Konami Not Turning Its Back On Consoles After All, Says Sorry For Causing Such A Fuss

Japanese company admits "conjecture" has caused "anxiety"

We recently reported on an interview with Konami boss Hideki Hayakawa which stated that the company was putting all of its eggs in the basket marked "mobile". However, these comments were translated from what was little more than a summary of the interview and the full, official transcript -...

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: Nintendo Committed To Making Smart Device Gaming One Of Its Key "Revenue Pillars" 

Nintendo Committed To Making Smart Device Gaming One Of Its Key "Revenue Pillars" 

But company still feels dedicated consoles are its future

Nintendo's alliance with DeNA has arguably been one of the biggest gaming announcements of 2015 so far, and marks a brave new era for the Japanese veteran following countless denials that it would ever move into the smart device arena. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has now revealed that...

News: Nintendo Share Value Increases With Profits and Smart Device Gaming on the Agenda

Nintendo Share Value Increases With Profits and Smart Device Gaming on the Agenda

Nintendo pushes back system plans for developing countries

Whether by design or simply coincidence, Nintendo managed to bury its financial results behind a Splatoon Direct, though for the first time in a few years the reports were actually positive. Nintendo made a larger than expected profit despite missing some sales targets, and expects improved...

News: Nintendo's First Smart Device Game With DeNA to Land This Year, But Only Five Planned Up to March 2017

Nintendo's First Smart Device Game With DeNA to Land This Year, But Only Five Planned Up to March 2017

Slow and steady

In March Nintendo announced its partnership with DeNA to bring its IP to smart devices in apps and games. It was a fairly drastic shift in direction, with the talk turning from apps that would have the sole aim of directing consumers to Nintendo hardware, to directly acknowledging the need for big-hitting franchises to have games on...

News: Iwata Reveals a Bit More Information on Nintendo's Upcoming Integrated Membership Service

Iwata Reveals a Bit More Information on Nintendo's Upcoming Integrated Membership Service

Tracks past purchases and gameplay records

A point of contention for many years now has been Nintendo's rather deliberate approach to implementation of online services, but with the launch of the Nintendo Network and the eShop, Nintendo has made great strides in the past few years towards offering an increasingly more streamlined and modern online...

Talking Point: Market Expectations Remain High For Nintendo and DeNA's Smart Device Crusade

Market Expectations Remain High For Nintendo and DeNA's Smart Device Crusade

A bubble to burst or the start of major success?

It's now been over a month since Nintendo and DeNA announced their major corporate partnership, with one relatively short presentation blowing away the big N's apparent reticence and minimalist approach to bringing games to smart devices. The announcement brought a marked shift in strategy - we went...

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: Games Consultant Believes Nintendo NX Could Be "The Defining Video Game Controller Of The Smart Device Age"

Games Consultant Believes Nintendo NX Could Be "The Defining Video Game Controller Of The Smart Device Age"

"My belief is that Nintendo is looking for a blue ocean"

Nintendo caused quite a stir when it announced its partnership with Japanese mobile firm DeNA and that it was working on its next hardware platform, dubbed "Nintendo NX". This double-whammy of news was greeted with a positive reaction, not only from the

News: Satoru Iwata Defends Timing of DeNA Deal, Teases Smart Device and Console Links in Club Nintendo Replacement

Satoru Iwata Defends Timing of DeNA Deal, Teases Smart Device and Console Links in Club Nintendo Replacement

"Something you have done on one device can be utilized on another"

Nintendo surprised many observers with its recent - and sudden - announcement of a strategic 'alliance' with DeNA, a company that specialises in back-end systems, e-commerce and smart device games. The headline announcement, along with a number of others, was that Nintendo IP will be...