Nintendo's mobile partner DeNA - known for past releases such as Miitomo, Super Mario Run and Fire Emblem Heroes - has been quizzed about the future plans for the "Nintendo Alliance" during a Q&A session of its fourth-quarter earnings results.
At the moment, it apparently doesn't have any information to share right now but says it maintains a good relationship with its fellow Japanese company. Additionally, it wants to make its already "good relationship" with Nintendo "even better" going forth. Here are the full questions and answers:
Question 10. What are the plans for the future, such as new titles, in the Nintendo alliance?
A10. We do not have any additional information to share at this time, but we continue to have a good relationship.
Question 13. Please share the significance behind the capital & business alliance with Nintendo.
A13. There has been no change to this important relationship. We will continue to make use of our strengths and make the good relationship with Nintendo even better going forward.
Although there's not been much from Nintendo in recent times on the mobile front (that's excluding an onslaught of Fire Emblem Heroes and Mario Kart Tour updates), earlier this year in March it announced a new partnership with the Pokémon GO creator Niantic to develop a "series of apps" together.
The first one will be based on the Pikmin franchise and will combine Niantic's AR-tech with Nintendo's beloved characters. It's currently scheduled to launch globally later this year.
How would you feel about more Nintendo-themed mobile games and even apps? What series would you like to see adapted? Leave your thoughts down below.
[source ssl4.eir-parts.net, via resetera.com, mynintendonews.com]
Hmmm I say AR F-Zero & Star Fox games please.
Outside of augmented reality... new Punch-Out!, WarioWare, Mario vs. Donkey Kong Mini-Land, Luigi's Casino, Captain Toad & Rhythm Heaven games would probably lend themselves well to mobile I guess. And put more fully realized, comprehensive versions on Switch as well please.
... Wun can only hope.
Most of these mobile titles are such slimmed down versions of the real thing that it's hard for me to stay with them that long. Plus, the swipe controls are an annoyance much of the time.
So the news is that there is no news????
@Jackpaza0508 Eh, of all the devils, DeNA isn't the most evil one of them.
@k8sMum ...Eeyup. Nothing really to note for at least another month.
I thought DeNa was also supposed to use their expertise to help with Nintendo's online infrastructure 🤔💭... I don't really see much difference or improvement there yet.
At this point, Nintendo should just have them port or create a Game Boy line Switch Online app please. They could also sell a lot of those titles on mobile since the controls are simple and people use homebrew and emulators to play them on their devices now anyways. There is some demand there.
... Wun can only hope.
When this partnership was announced, a lot of fans thought Nintendo were above paying too much attention to mobile gaming.
Turns out Nintendo thought the same thing.
They profitted loads of the partnership not hard to imagine they want to continue it.
Can I just say that I hate mobile games? Because I do. That being said I don't really have anything to add to the conversation surrounding the company.
Seeing as how we dodged the nightmare scenario, fearing that Nintendo's mobile success would lead to less console games, I've been pretty OK with their mobile endeavors.
I wish they wouldnt chase whales and trigger OCD players so hard, but that's the mobile market for you.
The mobile market is evil.
Please don't. Mobile games are usually very horrible. Not necessarily because they are quickly put together or anything, but they are absolutely designed to leech on your time or your money, depending on which one is less precious to you, while usually providing less actual gameplay or diversity than any "normal" game, while tricking you into thinking that they provide so much.
Please stop this trend.
Bring back Miitomo, please!
What? I loved that game!
Yaaay. Just what I want when I think of Nintendo: mobile games.
I give credit that Fire Emblem Heroes has a lot of decent-to-good character work and I like it. It has L'Arachel with a voice actress, which justifies its existence alone. Pokemon Masters I can't play because of my phone, sadly.
And that concludes my interest in Nintendo's mobile efforts. Can't imagine being interested in Dr. Mario or Pikmin as mobile games. I feel like I got my fill of Pikmin with the first two entries and I honestly don't feel much need to continue with that series.
Man, if F-Zero actually comes back as a mobile game, the comment section will go nuclear.
Well, we will never know for sure. There is a very vocal section fo the fanbae who keeps criticizing Nintendo for having too many Wii u ports, too few new games and too many safe choices in the first party lineup... perhaps people are getting less console games after all, is just that no one ever blames the mobile games because they are so insignificant.
All that headline needs is a winky face and boom, instant explicit rumor!
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@Chibi_Manny Me too. In fact, Miitomo is still my favorite Nintendo mobile game to this day for its right-at-home simplicity and such. The others, in my opinion, felt like stripped-down versions of existing games.
We do not have any additional information to share at this time, but we continue to have a good relationship. Thanks for nothing then
More microtransactions! more paywalls! More stamina bars! Let's goooo!
Simple NO. I fear the day that Nintendo loses its willpower and starts microtransactioning the core games. Terrible. I refuse to play Mario Kart on a phone.
@Krisi Bingo. Their main objective is not to be entertaining, the main objective of modern mobile games is to collect money money with an extremely simple gameplay loop, yet convoluted currency system that is made specifically to take money from your wallet without the user realizing how much they have spent because after you spend it they immediately convert it to all sorts of nonsense units. And don't get me started on loot boxes. That's all right using mind tricks for theft.
@DomGC Okay then, please provide a list of free to play mobile games by big companies that don't try to take away all your time or money.
The only one I could think of that's a Nintendo license is Mario Run, but that's not free to play.
If they are going to continue with mobile games for Nintendo, Punch-Out would be a great fit. It can be played it bite size portions and control schemes using swipes and taps would work fine.
Why there still isn't a Nintendogs mobile game continues to befuddle me.
"no news to share this time"
Goes back under the desk 🤣 "relationship with nintendo even better" 🤣
Wouldn't it be really cool to bring Face Raiders from the 3DS over to mobile? Sure it might just be a novelty, but that mode was FUN I PROMISE
I thought Nintendo had buy this guy's
This should be a very successful venture or Nintendo and the Pikmin franchise as a whole.
@Danrenfroe2016 That's mostly because nobody want to actually pay for a mobile game anymore.
So in order to earn money (as everyone wants to) developers have to recur to other schemes.
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