Nintendo and a mobile game company, DeNA, have formed a business alliance that will develop for the Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, Smart Devices (Smart Phone) and PCs. They also mentioned a new hardware that is currently being called “NX”, which is said to be a dedicated gaming system. However Nintendo is being tight lipped about it currently and has only said we’ll get more information on what “NX” is later this year. All of this and more was announced during an announcement from Nintendo, which you can read more info – here or check watch the entire conference below.
I’m pretty shocked about this, especially the part with Nintendo not only working with another company, but working with another coming to being software (games) to other platforms, including smart phones and the PC. This is something that not just fans of Nintendo have been asking for but all gaming fans and it seems that Nintendo is finally branching out. And unlike Sega who also left the hardware business, Nintendo will still be doing hardware as it is making a new gaming system but software development for multiple platforms.
And when you think about it, Smart Phone gaming is huge overseas, especially in Asia and Japan. This would be one more way for Nintendo to reach out to that market, but this is something that should have happened months if not years ago.
Also, until now, when we said, “platform,” it meant a specific video game platform. Now that we are going to release games on smart devices and make use of globally widespread PCs and smart devices for our new membership service, we would like to offer more consumers with software that is suited to their tastes. In other words, we are challenging ourselves to redefine what “Nintendo platforms” mean.
We’ll have to wait a bit to see how Nintendo plans to go about this all and even longer for their new hardware unveiling, but at least we know Nintendo is finally changing up its tactics a bit.
So what do you think about this announcement? Excited, disappointed, don’t care? Leave a comment below, but please no fanboy arguments.