Nintendo to release smartphone and tablet games for existing consoles

If you ever wondered whether you could play your favourite childhood video games on your smartphones and tablets, Nintendo have plans to make your dreams come true.

The Japanese electronics company has tied up with another Japanese firm DeNA to release new games and a new online gaming community around them.

Confirming the deal, Nintendo said, “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.”

“In order to create completely new game experiences for smart devices, all Nintendo IP will be eligible for development and exploration by the alliance,” Nintendo added.

While this deal will ensure that a dedicated team from Nintendo and DeNA will be working on developing new games for smartphones and tablets, Nintendo may also use ports of games from older Nintendo consoles and handsets.

Renowned for popular gaming characters like Mario, Pokemon, Zelds and Donkey Kong, this will be the first time that Nintendo has shown an inclination for popular mobile operating systems like Android and iOS. Even though these will not feature in the first set of games to be released for smartphones, programmers will be able to incorporate them into new games over a period of time.

Accepting the wide reach and popularity of smartphones and tablets, Satoru Iwata, President of Nintendo, said,  "This will allow us to build a bridge between smart devices and gaming consoles. It doesn't mean smart devices will eat away at gaming consoles, it will create an entirely new type of demand."

Once the most popular gaming platform in the world, Nintendo has seen its profits falling over the last decade owing to the spurt in smartphone-based games. The decision to tie-up with DeNA to enter the smartphone markets was surely inevitable, if not impossible.

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