Nintendo planning to launch up to three mobile games a year after successful 2016

Tatsumi Kimishima thinks it should be a main pillar of the business

Nintendo planning to launch up to three mobile games a year after successful 2016

Nintendo has revealed its plans to launch two to three mobile games a year from 2017 onwards.

Company President Tatsumi Kimishima said that mobile could become one of Nintendo's main pillars of business because of its reach to potential new fans and the revenues it generates. It also hopes that its mobile games could boost interest in the Nintendo Switch.

Kimishima also stated that he expects Super Mario Run to surpass 100 million downloads in its lifetime. It has yet to launch on Android, which would open it up to a much larger market for downloads.

Building on success

Nintendo already has plans for at least two more mobile games in 2017 with adaptations of its Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing franchises. The success of these lesser-known titles will likely be used to determine Nintendo's future mobile plans.

The company has already seen its business boosted across the board by its mobile games. Sales of Pokemon merchandise and console games increased following the success of Pokemon GO.

Super Mario Run has already hit 50 million downloads in its first week of launch. Nintendo has yet to reveal how many of those downloads converted to paying players.

[Source: Kyoto NP]


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