Today there was important and unexpected news from Nintendo. In a press conference Mr. Iwata revealed that they have formed a business and capital alliance with DeNA. DeNA is a company with about 2.000 employees with headquarters in Tokyo, and it owns Mobage mobile gaming service. DeNa partnered in 2012 with Disney to work on Disney games for mobile devices.
Nintendo and DeNA will develop and operate new game apps for smart devices that are based on Nintendo IP. It’s made clear that it could be any IP, no exceptions. But Iwata was quick to assure us that there won’t be any porting of WiiU or 3Ds games to mobile. We are talking about new games and apps here, specifically built for mobiles. Furthermore they will build a new multi-device membership service. It will be a service that’s accessible from smart devices, PC and Nintendo systems. It’s expected to lauch this fall, and it will replace Club Nintendo. Both companies get share in each other’s capital: Nintendo gets 10% in shares o [...]