Japanese video games maker Nintendo plans to bring more video games to Apple Inc. ’s iPhones in 2017. A report from Venture Beat suggests that more than Animal Crossing, Fire Emblem and one other Nintendo game will be released next year for iPhone and Android.
In an interview with Japanese newspaper Sankei, Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima said that the video games maker plans to launch more than three games for tablets and smartphones each year. On December 22, Kimishima told Japanese news site Kyoto Shimbun that Nintendo will launch only two or three mobile games every year.
Nintendo Sees Opportunities in Mobile Games
Nintendo, which is a big player in video games market with a number of popular, recently released Super Mario Run for the Apple Inc.’s iPhone.
Previously, Nintendo had vowed to launch mobile versions of its Animal Crossing and strategy battler Fire Emblem for mobile devices. But now after seeing an overwhelm response for Super Mario Run, the company is planning to expand its publishing strategy in the $36.6 billion smartphone-gaming market.
Super Mario Run is a paid game available at $9.99 one-time. However, some parts of the game can be played for free. Investors seem to be unhappy with this one-time fee, and want the company to introduce free-to-play with micro transactions, so players spend thousands of dollars on a game.
Kimishima, in his interview with Sankei newspaper, tried to alleviate some concerns among the company’s stakeholders about its mobile gaming approach. According to Kimishima, upcoming business models will be subject to type of game the company is making.
Nintendo now sees huge opportunities in mobile business. Kimishima mentioned in the interview that the company wants grow and establish its mobile business as a strong source of revenue different from its console and software business. In past, the Nintendo president said that the company is offering its games for mobile devices to get players interested in 3DS, Wii U.
Super Mario Run on Apple iPhone
Super Mario Run is the first game Nintendo released for the iPhone. It is designed by Nintendo together with Japanese mobile-gaming firm DeNA, which provided assistance on the internet services side of things, as well as helped in making Kingdom Builder.
Super Mario Run’s gameplay is similar to Nintendo’s other Mario games. In mobile version of Super Mario Run, Mario runs automatically through a virtual world, avoiding enemies and collecting coins. The mobile version comes with a vertical screen rather than horizontal.
Super Mario Run has three modes, including the most familiar World Tour. In the second mode known as Toad Rally, players compete with the performance of the other people who have played, aiming to both collect the most coins and do it with the most style. The third mode is Kingdom Builder in which players can create your own Mushroom Kingdom from more than 100 different buildings and elements.
Xbox boss Phil Spencer loves Super Mario, and in a recent interview, he said that Microsoft is interested in teaming up with Nintendo in bring Super Mario to Xbox One.