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Nintendo Partners with Japanese Mobile Gaming Company DeNA

Nintendo could finally be getting into the mobile gaming market with parnership with DeNA

For a long time now Nintendo has denied ever getting into the mobile gaming space, despite many fans calling, but today the company has entered the mobile gaming space in a pretty significant way. In Japan, Nintendo announced that it’ll team up with DeNA, a major Japanese mobile gaming company, to make smartphone games featuring Nintendo characters.

In a statement, the company explained that they “intend to jointly operate new gaming applications featuring Nintendo IP, which they will develop specifically for smart devices,” in statement. What that means specifically is still under wraps, but we do know that the games coming to mobile will be new and not ports of classic titles.

“To ensure the quality of game experience that consumers expect from this alliance of Nintendo and DeNA, only new original games optimized for smart device functionality will be created, rather than porting games created specifically for the Wii U home console or the Nintendo 3DS portable system,” says DeNA in a statement.

In a surprising twist, the Nintendo also reassured fans that the company isn’t abandoning dedicated games systems with president Satoru Iwata saying in a press conference that Nintendo is working on a new console, codenamed NX, with a “brand-new concept.” The company has plans to reveal more next year.

Nintendo and DeNA has also revealed that they’ll develop a cross-platform service that’ll run across smartphones, tablets, PC’s and Nintendo’s own devices, which is set to launch later this year. Chances are we’ll hear more at E3 this year.

As a result of the partnership, Nintendo is taking a ten percent stake in DeNA, while DeNA is buying 1.24 per cent of Nintendo.