According to a report by The Verge, a number of popular Nintendo characters are coming to mobile platforms this year. Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima has announced plans to release smartphone apps starring famous Nintendo characters like Mario by the end of 2016. The company’s plans were shared in an article in Japanese newspaper the Mainichi Shimbun, though no details were given as to which characters and franchises will come to smartphones.
“Former Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, who passed away last July, previously said that Nintendo wouldn’t “do anything that may hurt Nintendo’s brand image,” when it came to adapting popular franchises for mobile. Nintendo is expected to launch four additional mobile games by March 2017, and the company is also partnering with The Pokemon Company and former Google subsidiary Niantic Labs on the augmented reality mobile game Pokemon Go”.
Mr. Kimishima has also re-iterated plans to further detail the company’s mysterious Nintendo NX device later this year, which is strongly believed to replace both the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Previous reports have claimed that that the NX would be a mobile / console hybrid, powerful enough to compete with current-generation consoles like PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Which Nintendo characters would you like to see on your iPhones and iPads?