Earlier this year, Nintendo announced it would be teaming up with DeNA to help develop mobile games. Unfortunately, we’re a few years off from its first foray into mobile games as Miitomo is slated to release in March 2017. But today, we’re learning all of Nintendo’s mobile games that are currently in development will be free-to-play.
The Wall Street Journal reports Nintendo’s first set of mobile titles will be free-to-play games supported by microtransactions, which was confirmed today during an earnings briefing by DeNA CEO and president, Isao Moriyasu. Moriyasu-san also revealed all five games will be arriving by spring 2017, although he doesn’t specify how many of these games are currently in development.
While free-to-play may not be the exact route we would have liked Nintendo to go with their mobile games, we can’t fault them for developing games for the free-to-play market. Since they’re essentially dipping a toe in the mobile games market, this would be the safest way to do so. The last thing Nintendo needs is for first foray into the mobile games market to be considered a failure because it didn’t make enough to cover costs.