Nintendo Announces Plans To Make Games For Mobile Devices

Have a hankering to play Super Mario at the bus stop but don’t have the portable gaming console to satisfy that urge? Soon video games from Nintendo will make the move from consoles to mobile devices, as the company announces a partnership with an online gaming firm to develop and operate new apps.

Nintendo’s console sales have been struggling, but this mobile venture with online company DeNA doesn’t signal the end of the company’s business in that area entirely, reports Reuters.

“This will allow us to build a bridge between smart devices and gaming consoles,” Nintendo President Satoru Iwata said. “It doesn’t mean smart devices will eat away at gaming consoles, it will create an entirely new type of demand.”

He didn’t reveal which games will be the first to hit the mobile market, but did say that it wouldn’t be one of the classic titles we already know like Super Mario or the Legend of Zelda.

As part of the new partnership between the companies, Nintendo and DeNA will also debut an online membership service to work with games on its mobile devices, as well as the Wii U console and the 3DS portable device.

Super Mario to go mobile as Nintendo ventures into smartphone games [Reuters]