By Jeff Neuenschwander / March 17th, 2015
Two major announcements have happened early this morning for Nintendo. The first is that the console and game developer has entered a business alliance with mobile games developer DeNA. The arrangement will see financial capital being exchanged between the two companies as well as DeNA being allowed access to Nintendo’s IPs for use in the mobile market space. CEO Satoru Iwata did confirm that these will be new titles and not ports of existing games and will take nothing away from the dedicated gaming platforms of the 3DS and Wii U.
The partnership will also bring about a new membership service that will replace the outgoing Club Nintendo. This will be accessible from mobile devices, PCs, and dedicated consoles. No word on if this will be a free or paid service but it does appear to be a step in the direction of having accounts similar to what Sony and Microsoft have with their platforms. The service is expected to launch Fall 2015.
And while it wasn’t announced in the press release from NOA, Iwata did announce in the press conference in Japan that Nintendo is working on a new platform code named “NX”. It is unclear what this new platform will be, whether it is a home console, a handheld console, or maybe something along the lines of that watch that was rumored a month ago. We’ll be sure to let you know when more details come to light.
If you want to watch the full press conference, check out the hour-plus long video below. If you want to see the slides in English, click here.
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