Nintendo and Pokémon GO creator Niantic have announced a new partnership, which will see the two companies create a "series of apps" together.
The first title they'll be developing is based on the Pikmin franchise. According to the official PR, these apps will combine Niantic's real-world AR tech with Nintendo's beloved characters.
The app is scheduled to launch "globally" later this year, with Niantic as the publisher. The name and other details will be shared in the future. This will also be the first game released by Niantic Tokyo Studio, which was originally established in 2018.
Here's what Shigeru Miyamoto himself had to say about the partnership:
“Niantic’s AR technology has made it possible for us to experience the world as if Pikmin are secretly living all around us. Based on the theme of making walking fun, our mission is to provide people a new experience that’s different from traditional games. We hope that the Pikmin and this app will become a partner in your life.”
Niantic's CEO John Hanke also shared some words, noting how the partnership was the natural next step:
“As we continue to expand our games portfolio, it was a natural next step to team up with Nintendo. We’re looking forward to shaping the future of AR together, bringing Nintendo’s beloved game characters to life for mobile game players around the world.”
If you would like to experience this app yourself, you can pre-register now on Niantic's official website.
Would you be interested in using a Pikmin walking app? What other Nintendo franchises would you like to see transformed into AR experiences? Leave a comment down below.