Good news mobile Mario fans! Nintendo’s most famous fella could soon be doing his thing on your smartphone thanks to a new deal the video games giant has struck with Japanese mobile firm DeNA.
Or so we’d hope anyway.
Up until now you’ve needed a Nintendo console of some shape or size to thoroughly enjoy the games we know and love but DeNA is going to develop new games for us to play on our mobile devices.
“The alliance is intended to complement Nintendo’s dedicated video game systems business and extend Nintendo’s reach into the vast market of smart device users worldwide,” reads the rather stuffy official press release.
“To ensure the quality of game experience that consumers expect from this alliance of Nintendo and DeNA, only new original games optimized for smart device functionality will be created, rather than porting games created specifically for the Wii U home console or the Nintendo 3DS portable system.”
This basically means we’ll get a whole host of new offerings – which fans will be hoping feature the likes of Mario, Donkey Kong and Zelda, to name but a few potential stars from the back catalogue – for smartphones and tablets.
That’s in the long-term though – for now they’ll be dealing with some new additions. DeNA West CEO Shintaro Asako told VentureBeat’s GamesBeat that making one really successful game to net a huge audience was the main focus when making the deal with Nintendo.
“We wanted to get a huge audience like Candy Crush – like 100 million users. We wanted to create something with that kind of DAU [daily active user] base”, he said.
The new games are expected to roll out later this year, with a target date of autumn 2015 for their release.
Who wouldn’t love the chance to play Mario on the train again though, eh? Popping down those green tubes while you’re actually on the tube? Without having to lug that cherished old GameBoy about…