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Submission + - Nintendo Announces Smartphone Publishing Deal, New Hardware

Daetrin writes: At a press conference yesterday in Japan Nintendo announced a stock-exchange deal with DeNA, which will give Nintendo a 10% interest in the company. DeNA is the owner of Mobage, a mobile gaming platform, and through them Nintendo will be releasing games on Android and iOS devices. It was emphasized that these games would be new games made specifically for the platform rather than ports of existing games.

Nintendo also announced that they are working on new gaming hardware with the codename "NX", which will feature an "entirely new concept." Nintendo did not state if it would be a console, a handheld, some kind of hybrid, or something completely different. Iwata, Nintendo's CEO, did state that the new hardware is unrelated to the collaboration with DeNA and the announcement was intended to emphasize that Nintendo is not abandoning it's core business of dedicated devices.

Engadget has a write-up detailing Nintendo's (non-)history with mobile gaming.

Comment This whole thing seems like an ad for the Wii U (Score 3, Insightful) 126

While pretending like the Wii U doesn't exist. Yes, I'm sure 2014 will be the year where having a second screen off the TV is a gaming essential for the next generation of gamers. Unlike 2012/2013 when everyone hated that idea and thought Nintendo was stupid for trying it.

Comment Enough with the cake analogy :P (Score 1) 917

I'm a DJ - I like a certain type of music, but if I get hired to DJ a dance, and the people are requesting Justin Bieber songs, who am I to tell these people that Bieber sucks and refuse to play their requests? I can hate Bieber all I want at home, but when I'm working - dammit I'll sing along to every Bieber song out there if that's what the guy paying me and his guests hire me to do!

Comment Re:Nintendo App Store (Score 1) 559

They have an online store, and they do a great job of getting indie developers to put games on it. They also invest in good developers and publish games from those developers, like the upcoming X by MonolithSoft, Bayonetta 2 by Platinum, Lego City by TT Fusion, etc.

Comment Re:Here's another thought (Score 1) 559

They do? Also, the Mario games are all different from each other. Also, you don't have to buy them! There are in fact, other games Nintendo makes. Really! In fact, they have like 2 dozen developers all making Nintendo published games all the time. And many of them have no Mario in them!

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