Nintendo has always seemed like a prime candidate for smartphone games. After all, it’s an arena that relies on banking off of known IPs with little care to how the game actually operates. Given that Nintendo owns the rights to the most recognizable characters in the world, they could clearly clean up by peppering them around various free-to-play and premium games.
The company held out for years but has today announced a business and capital alliance to develop and operate new game apps for smart devices and build a new multi-device membership service for consumers worldwide.
Proving the companies loyalty to each other, Nintendo will purchase 10% of DeNA’s outstanding stock for a total of approximately 22 billion yen, while DeNA will purchase the same monetary value of Nintendo stock and acquire 1.24% of Nintendo’s outstanding stock.
Only original games will be created for mobile and past titles for current consoles like the 3DS and Wii U or classic consoles like the Game Boy or Super Nintendo will not be ported over.
All Nintendo IP will be eligible for development and exploration by the alliance, which means we could see mobile versions of properties such as Mario, Pikmin, Star Fox, Zelda, F-Zero, Metroid, Pokémon and many more.
Additionally, Nintendo and DeNA also plan to develop an online membership service that is accessible from smart devices, PC and Nintendo systems, such as the 3DS and Wii U. The membership service, which is targeted to launch in the fall of 2015, will be built on DeNA’s extensive experience and capabilities in online membership services.