Nintendo Embraces Smartphones and Announces New Hardware



Earlier today, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata announced the company will finally be bringing its games to smart devices thanks to a new partnership with Japanese mobile company DeNA.

For some, the development of smartphone games featuring the likes of Mario, Link, and Donkey Kong might sound like swell news, but it left us a bit concerned about the future of Nintendo as console-makers. Is this announcement the beginning of the end for our beloved gaming company’s home hardware output, and will the Wii U become Nintendo’s living room swan song? Say it ain’t so!


Fortunately, that distressing news was alleviated by some encouraging news: Nintendo is currently working on brand-new next generation hardware called NX that Iwata is referring to as a “dedicated game system with a brand-new concept.”

Sounds like a pretty open-ended description, but at least it means the company will continue to innovate in that area. Our guess is the hardware will help bridge the gap between Nintendo’s super-lucrative handheld presence and their waning home-based one.


More news from Iwata that points to that theory: “Nintendo, together with DeNA, will jointly develop a new membership service, which encompasses the existing Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, the new hardware with a brand new concept NX, smart devices and PCs.”

Lots of vague news to process, but stay tuned for more clarification next year. Until then, why not enjoy your more-than-adequate 3DS, New 3DS, and Wii U.

Straighten your most dapper tie and watch the very business-y announcement right here: