Nintendo joins the 21st century and announces plans to develop mobile games

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Massive gaming news this morning – Nintendo has made a dramatic U-turn and has today announced that it will soon be developing games for mobile devices in partnership with Japanese app developer DeNA (pronounced like “DNA”).

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The new deal between the companies sees Nintendo acquire 10% of DeNA, and DeNA will take a 1.24% shareholding in Nintendo. Perhaps most importantly for gamers, the one important thing about the deal is that it won’t be about porting games from other Nintendo platforms – all titles will be new games, optimised for mobile devices.

Perhaps this shouldn’t be surprising, given Nintendo’s history crafting titles for the particular quirks of a given platform – like adapting games for motion controls on Wii or touchscreen on the DS.

But the new mobile titles will be using Nintendo’s legendary intellectual properties – the likes of Mario, Zelda and Pokemon no doubt – which is why this could be so lucrative.

Unfortunately no details on specific games have been announced just yet, but we’ll keep you posted.

James O’Malley