Nintendo’s president Satoru Iwata has set out the gaming giant’s strategy for their move into mobile games by announcing that it will release five games over the next two years, with the first coming by the end of this year.
Although a disappointingly small number given Nintendo’s enormous range of classic video game characters, such as Mario, Zelda and Pokémon, Iwata has explained by insisting that he wants his game developers to get a small number of games right, rather than release a huge bundle of mediocre or buggy games.
Iwata may be taking his cue from Sega, who has just announced that it is in the process of removing a number of games from the Google Play Store and the Samsung App Store. This is due to Sega noticing that ‘a number of [titles] no longer meet our standards.’
Sega was a very early adopter of mobile gaming, porting many games, especially Sonic, to the platform but unfortunately that speed to launch seems to have adversely affected the quality of the games on offer. Sega has said that ‘while we have nothing to announce at this time, given the right situation, these titles may return in an updated form.
The hope is that Sega’s withdrawal of some of its games from Android doesn’t affect the possibility of the epic crossover fighting game Super Smash Bros making its way onto mobile devices.
To get our opinion on the latest Android games including Agent Alice and Angry Birds Stella Pop, check out Android magazine issue 50, available in store and online now.