As we get closer to Shuntaro Furukawa coming into taking over the CEO position of Nintendo, we’re learning a lot more about his plans and ideas for the future of the company. One of them is wanting to see the company create a sensational mobile app like Pokémon GO. Below is a snippet from an interview Furukawa did with Nikkei in which he expresses his desire to see the company succeed and thrive in that area. It could be argued that the company has already seen success with titles like Super Mario Run and Animal Crossing Pocket Camp, but both games combined don’t compare to the revenue and exposure seen by Pokémon GO, so we can’t really blame the man for wanting to head in that direction. The article also references their new partnership with Cygames to head in that direction.
Expanding non-Switch operations has emerged as a priority for Furukawa. For mobile, he aims to set the business on a growth trajectory through a single game-changing hit.
“The idea that something will emerge that transforms into something big, in the same manner as game consoles, is the defining motive of the Nintendo business,” he said.
Its classic game characters in such titles as “Super Mario Run” can now have their adventures on smart devices. Nintendo drew inspiration from “Pokémon Go,” the smash 2016 augmented-reality title developed by U.S.-based Niantic.
“‘Pokémon Go,’ which transformed the story and gameplay for the smartphone, became a huge realization,” outgoing Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima told Nikkei.
While the company naturally seeks a “Pokemon Go”-scale monster hit, it is making no promises so far. “I can’t say that there are any that are like that” among mobile games now in development, Furukawa said.
Nintendo has enlisted Cygames to develop a smartphone title, announcing a capital tie-up with the Tokyo-based CyberAgent subsidiary in late April.
- The Latest Pokémon GO Update Gave Your Storage a Boost
- Pokémon GO Fest 2018 is Already Sold Out in Chicago
- Pokémon GO Fest 2018 is Returning to Chicago
- Gamevice Requests a Cease and Desist Against Nintendo Over the Switch
- Nintendo Will Now Have An Executive Board Greenlight New Titles
- The Latest Steam Update Adds Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Support
- Like Editing Your Mii Character? Nintendo is Moving That Online
- New Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Trailers Feature Dixie and Diddy Kong
- Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Taken Off Wii U's Digital Store
- PUBG Corp and FACEIT Partner Up to Create Online Competitive Leagues - August 16, 2018
- OpTic Gaming and Sansar Partner Up to Bring VR to Esports - August 16, 2018
- Strange Brigade Receives an Extended Gameplay Trailer - August 14, 2018
- Relive the Entire Daniel Bryan Saga as a WWE 2K19 Storyline - August 14, 2018
- Patrick Stewart Will Join ‘My Memory of Us’ as the Narrator - August 14, 2018