After years of waiting, we could see Nintendo’s first smartphone game within the next 6 months. The Verge passes along comments made by CEO Satoru Iwata during a shareholders meeting, in which he stated the company is aiming to debut the game before the end of the year.

Additionally, Iwata explained that Nintendo plans to release 5 mobile titles between now and March 2017. “You may think it is a small number,” he said. “But when we aim to make each title a hit, this is not a small number and should demonstrate our commitment to smart devices.”

Don’t get too excited yet, though. It’s not like you’ll be playing Super Mario on your iPhone anytime soon. Iwata reiterated that Nintendo will take a “cautious” approach to mobile, and doesn’t currently plan to port any of its existing titles, such as Super Mario, to smartphones or tablets.

“If we were simply to port software that already has a track record on a dedicated game system,” Iwata explained to investors, “it would not match the play styles of smart devices, and the appropriate business models are different between the two, so we would not anticipate a great result.”

With hardware sales slipping, investors have long been calling for Nintendo to produce games for mobile—where some developers make more off of one title than it does its entire library. Earlier this year, Nintendo announced that it has partnered with Japanese mobile game-maker DeNA.

Source: The Verge

  • Montgomery Tyler

    bring legend of zelda and im all in

    • Even a new updated version of Zelda would be cool, just ANY Zelda please!

      • Digitalfeind

        Be careful what you wish for…

      • mrgerbik

        I think most here are too young to remember the ‘multimedia cd-rom’ boom

      • Andy

        Don’t just assume people here are 15 year olds.

      • mrgerbik

        First – why not?
        Second – who said I assumed people here are 15? Young means a range of ages.
        Third – ‘most’ means just that … Not everyone.

        Sounds like you’re over-analyzing a mundane comment.

      • Montgomery Tyler

        yes!!!!! save us lol

  • Mr_Coldharbour

    Would be FANTASTIC if they ported Super Smash Bros. for iOS. I’d give €20 even!

  • Jason

    Pokemon all way please

  • Chris Gaunt

    Let’s hope the games are not freemium’ed to death!

  • ClaudieX X

    FINALLY !!!

  • Pokemon spinoff please!

  • Steven Honey

    Mario kart
    Mike Tyson punch out
    Techmo super bowl
    Paper boy

    • goat209

      Hit the nail right on the head with this one. Wish I could up vote this more than once!

  • Would be cool playing such tiltes with a controller, hope it supports such…

  • Tim

    I hate it when big companies decide on behalf of consumers. If Mario bros was released on iOS with support for MFi controller I would buy it, many would too.

    • Dan

      that’s pretty much always how it works

  • Marouf

    Sorry for going off-topic, but does anyone know anything about a new MacBook Pro 15 being released this June?

  • askep3

    Porting shouldn’t be hard, the graphics requirements for 3ds should be very low, so most of there games would be compatibly at least in that