Nintendo announced big news at the last Nintendo Direct last week.
Nintendo announced it would partner with DeNA for a venture in to mobile phone gaming. Of course, many saw the title of articles reporting on the press release and jumped to conclusions. All the old calls for Nintendo to quit console and portable hardware and go completely 3rd party reared their heads again.
Also, many jumped to the conclusion that Nintendo would be porting all their classic games to mobile. Even though Nintendo specifically announced this would not be the case. No Legend of Zelda and Super Mario Brothers 3 on mobile. Besides, there are emulators for that. And they play pretty bad when limited to touch screen controls. What we'll probably see is more games like Pokemon Shuffle. Those are designed around a touch screen.
Nintendo said they would license out their IPs to DeNA to develop games as well as work on some themselves. DeNA would handle the backend work like servers, infrastructure and account systems.
Square-Enix also had some news of their own concernting Final Fantasy XI. But not nearly as big. I watched the live stream from Japan last Thursday night at midnight. I kept waiting to see if they would announce their first big MMO going free-2-play.
Nope. They announced TWO smartphone games related to Vana'diel. Final Fantasy: Grandmasters as an online smartphone RPG and Final Fantasy XI MMM RPG version (massively multiplayer mobile RPG) developed in partnership with Nexon. Basically, a scaled down version of FF XI for mobile.
· Tue Mar 24, 2015 @ 10:25am · 0 Comments