Nintendo developing mobile games! with DeNA, also tease new hardware
Nintendo is partnering with DeNA to develop mobile games. The fuck: it ain’t going to be porting nothing, just creating new content. They also teased new hardware, codenamed “NX.” The fuck: I just bought a fucking Wii U!
Nintendo sent out a press release this morning stating that their partnership with DeNA would explore any Nintendo intellectual property under the sun—the angry, angry sun—to create brand new games on mobile devices. Sadly, the release strictly states that the mobile games will not be ports of existing titles, so don’t get your hopes up for a virtual console-like service.
That’s a shame, because they won’t be leveraging their back-catalog to basically print money as I’ve wanted them to do for a long time, but it also means that they won’t be devaluing their proprietary consoles by offering current-gen game ports for mobile devices. I understand their hesitation, but I still don’t think anyone is buying current Nintendo hardware exclusively to play NES and SNES games, so I’m disappointed they’re seemingly still too afraid of losing console sales to port older titles.
They’ll also be building an “online membership service that is accessible from smart devices, PC and Nintendo systems, such as the Nintendo 3DS portable system and the Wii U home console. The membership service, which is targeted to launch in the fall of 2015, will be built on DeNA’s extensive experience and capabilities in online membership services.” That’s as specific as they get, so it’s hard to know exactly what the companies are planning, but it’s a good bet that the new service will be an improvement on tapping into Nintendo’s existing online services from non-Nintendo devices and may have a role in the replacement of Club Nintendo, which is shutting down.
At a press conference, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata’s comments certainly made it sound like an evolution of Club Nintendo was likely, saying,
Unlike the Club Nintendo membership service that Nintendo has been operating, the new membership service will include multiple devices and create a connection between Nintendo and each individual consumer regardless of the device the consumer uses. This membership will form one of the core elements of the new Nintendo platform that I just mentioned.
And in potentially bigger news, that “new Nintendo platform” is the hardware currently codenamed “NX.” There’s a lot of speculation about what the NX is, but the only thing that’s known for sure right now is that Iwata called it “a dedicated game platform with a brand-new concept under the development codename ‘NX,’” reports Eurogamer. He added, “It is too early to elaborate on the details of this project, but we hope to share more information with you next year.”
I don’t give a shit about this news. I don’t want some fucking new bastard creation shat out of the maw of DeNA. I want to play Super Mario World on my tablet. Actually, I don’t even want to do that.