GAMERS have been begging Nintendo for years now. Finally they’ve listened, and you’ll be able to play Super Mario on your phone.
The gaming giant has partnered with mobile game maker DeNA, meaning characters such as Super Mario and Pokemon could find their place on your tablet or smartphone.
The characters have been fiercely protected by Nintendo, and until now have appeared only on Nintendo platforms such as the Wii home console and 3DS mobile machines.
Both the gaming giant and the mobile game maker say they will build a global membership service for various devices including personal computers, smartphones and Nintendo machines. The service is set to launch sometime in Spring.
They said the mobile games won’t be mere adaptations of the games already out for the Nintendo machines but developed especially for the smartphone experience.
In the past, Nintendo has said it has no interest in getting into the smartphone gaming arena, fearing it would cannibalise its currently mobile device, the 3DS.
That all has changed now, with CEO Satoru Iwata saying, “now that smart devices have grown to become the window for so many people to personally connect with society, it would be a waste not to use these devices.”
If you were expecting Nintendo to just port some old classics to mobile, you’d be wrong. Mr Iwata has promised that they won’t be doing that, but instead will be developing brand new titles specifically for mobile. So while we won’t be getting Pokemon Blue officially on our phones, we could be getting something even better.