For the longest time ever, Nintendo has resisted making mobile games despite the fact that there is evidence that mobile gaming is the new frontier. It was only last year that Nintendo decided to go ahead with the plan thanks to a partnership with DeNA. Now it seems that Nintendo is quite optimistic about mobile gaming.
So much so that the company’s president Tatsumi Kimishima believes that mobile gaming will help the company quadruple its profits for the coming years. This is according to a recent interview with Kimishima by Mainichi Shimbun (translated by Dr. Serkan Toto), where Kimishima believes that this partnership with DeNA will rake in as much as $855 million over the next few years.
Right now Nintendo has yet to launch their first mobile game. The game was announced last year as Miitomo, a social game of sorts where users create an avatar to interact with other users. It is an odd choice for a first title since we expected Nintendo to come out swinging with big names and popular characters.
That being said, while Miitomo will be the company’s first title, Nintendo is expected to launch other titles later this year in which it will feature more popular and recognizable characters. In the meantime while Miitomo is an odd choice, it could still be worth checking out when it is released in March.