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Because the announcement thread is unfortunately called RIP Nintendo

Nintendos first mobile game is being announced soon

About that first Nintendo-DeNA mobile game: Expect the unexpected, and soon.

The guy heading it up is the guy who did Mario Kart, so people are maybe expecting F-Zero, but also Miyamoto mentioned Pikmin 4 being nearly finished but didn't mention the platform, and it's not like much is coming to Wii U at this point and NX isn't ready, so...

Or it could be something completely different and new - speculation!

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Nintendo are replacing both mobile and television gaming with NX, a system that will beam games directly into your brain. If you put an Amiibo next to your ear, the near field communication link will unlock special features, like a tiny Mario who appears in your field to punch coins out of a block whenever you try to do hard sums.

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  • 3 weeks later...

Yeah I know that, none of it changes anything. Nintendo just invested £30 million in the mobile developer doing Pokemon Go and Game Freak just bought out a mobile developer KIA, so they're clearly going in that direction.

Pokemon mobile titles have been announced already and aren't under the Nintendo->DeNA deal.

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Of course it does. Nintendo aren't going to "lose" Pokémon. They obviously have a say in what happens with the IP.

They could decide that mobile is the best place for the main games going forward, but I can't see it. It's similar to the "Nintendo going third party" problem. Are they going to sell enough copies at a price that makes sense?

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They're a minority shareholder, they have a say but don't get to dictate what happens! If they want to keep it on a rapidly shrinking platform when there are attractive and massively growing alternatives they have to actually make a business case for it, they can't just hold it hostage.

It's a business partnership, not a fanboy war!

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They have part ownership of the copyright, and in that case they can have a veto over how it is used. So yes, they could just stop it being on mobile if they wanted, but no, they couldn't force GameFreak to launch a new game on the new handheld. But given the choice of making some millions or making no millions, which do you think GameFreak will choose?

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They're a minority shareholder, they don't get to dictate what happens! If they want to keep it on a rapidly shrinking platform when there are attractive and massively growing alternatives they have to actually make a business case for it, they can't just hold it hostage.

It's a business partnership, not a fanboy war!

There is no majority shareholder. Creatures Inc., Game Freak and Nintendo have 32-33% ownership each. And you've got it backwards. You'd need to make the business case for going mobile. I don't know why you're pulling out the fanboy crap.
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Given Nintendo is going mobile (points to thread), there's no way they'd take the nuclear option and destroy their partnership to stop TPC from doing the same.

The business case for going mobile is once you remove the cost of printing cartridges, logistics and supply chain, the brick and mortar retailer cut, etc, about £10 of that £40 game goes to the devs. Most F2P games aim for an ARPU of £5, so all they'd need to do for equivalent or better business is get that out to double the audience. Given there's 100s of millions of smartphones, the smartphones games industry is huge and growing rapidly while the 3DS is doing sub-PSP sales and has sold less every year it's been out, then that's not a huge ask.

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