Nintendo might release games for Android in 2017

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Nintendo might release Android games in 2017

Nintendo has more or less missed much of the mobile revolution, but now the gaming giant has announced that it is preparing games for smart devices. These games will be released in 2017 and might include Android devices.

Nintendo reports in its financial statement:

...the game business is undergoing significant change. The spread of the Internet and social media has dramatically changed the lifestyles of people all over the world, and Nintendo is adjusting its strategic endeavors in line with the new market dynamics.

As we confirmed on March 17, all of our IP can be considered for a smart device game. On the other hand, since the game business on smart devices is already severely competitive, even with highly popular IP, the odds of success are quite low if consumers cannot appreciate the quality of a game. Also, if we were simply to port software that already has a track record on a dedicated game system, 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.

Regarding the number of the titles, you may want to know that we will release approximately five titles by the end of the next fiscal year, which is the end of March 2017. You may think it is a small number, but when we aim to make each title a hit, and because we want to thoroughly operate every one of them for a significant amount of time after their releases, this is not a small number at all and should demonstrate our serious commitment to the smart device business.

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The news about Nintendo releasing games for smart devices got a reaction from Android redditors:

Dampowell: "...if these were timed Android exclusives that would be a major thing...but I am pretty sure these will be cross platform."

Alcnaeon: "The whole reason they're even doing this is to get their hands on some IAP money, it is so obvious. That is where the money on mobile is made. Nintendo may be out of touch, but it's not out of touch enough to try to sell at console prices on mobile platforms."

Polezo: "Where'd you get "Android" from this? It says 5 games on "smart devices" by 2017. For all we know that could be only iOS. It doesn't mention the word Android or Google anywhere in the report."

Dakar-A: "Yes, but it says smart DEVICES, not iPhone. It's likely it'll be cross-platform."

Mashedbymachines: "A cross platform game where I can play on my WiiU and then continue my progress on my Android phone when I go away from home would be awesome!"

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