Nintendo has finally relented and will begin making games for smartphones soon. The Japanese gaming giant had until now resisted calls to create titles for mobile over concerns that the move would hurt sales of the handheld Nintendo 3DS.
The new games are set to be produced in conjunction with DeNA, a Japanese mobile games developer. They will star classic Nintendo characters, although the company has said there will be no straight ports of current 3DS and Wii U games.
DeNA said: "To ensure the quality of game experience that consumers expect from this alliance of Nintendo and DeNA, only new original games optimised 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."
However, there’s no mention of older Nintendo titles not making the move to mobile.
That leaves the door open for classic versions of Mario and Zelda to appear in Apple’s App Store and Google Play.
Interestingly, Nintendo also revealed a cross platform service that would over mobiles, tablets and its consoles.
But the big news is surely that after countless denials, we’re finally going to see some of gaming’s favourite characters on our phones.