Nintendo Plans To Bring Old-School Games Like Mario To Smartphones And Tablets
It doesn’t matter how advanced mobile games become, old-school games will continue to be as addictive and appealing as ever. This is the reason many mobile games developers have tried to clone the old-school games for mobile platform. But that originality and addictiveness is lacking in these clones. What gamers have long desired is the original old school games on mobiles.
Nintendo, the owner company of popular vintage games like Super Mario, has been reluctant until now in introducing the games to mobile platform. But considering the attractiveness and appeal of mobile domain and its growth, the company is now looking to get its share out of this market by releasing its popular titles for smartphones and tablets.
The company confirmed this Tuesday that it would start developing games for mobile devices. Nintendo President Satoru Iwata said in the conference held on Tuesday that diving into mobile platform will help company break into markets where its consoles have struggled.
“By tapping into the smartphone we can increase the number of Nintendo fans,” Mr. Iwata said. “No companies in any industries can survive if they fail to adjust to changing market environments.”
Nintendo will be able to bring the likes of Super Mario and Legend of Zelda to major app stores, including Apple App Store and Google Play, in collaboration with Japanese mobile developer DeNA. Nintendo has already penned a deal with DeNA.
The games will be developed from scratch but Nintendo will try its best to provide same gameplay experience as on retro consoles like SEGA. By doing so, Nintendo will not only be able to make its older games for mobile but also create more innovative games for the mobile platform.
Both Nintendo and DeNA have not revealed any details about the business model for these apps. We are unsure whether their games would be free-to-play or feature in-app purchases. All that we have regarding this is a statement from Iwata: “I’m not totally negative about the free-to-play model, though Nintendo won’t be happy with too many in-game purchases.”
The companies will launch an online membership service which would be accessible from a range of devices including smartphones, tablets, PCs and even the Nintendo 3DS. Despite arriving late to the party, Nintendo’s move looks promising and their games would attract a lot of gamers especially those who are tired of clones of retro games and are looking for 90’s like experience on their modern devices.