It looks like Mario’s future on mobile is uncertain, but Nintendo fans can still look forward to the iconic plumber’s appearances on Nintendo’s own platforms.
The future of Mario on mobile platforms looks uncertain, as Nintendo’s creator Shigeru Miyamoto has suggested that mobile apps are unlikely to be the primary path of future Mario games. According to Miyamoto, Nintendo’s core strategy is a hardware and software integrated gaming experience, and it has been challenging to determine what a Mario game should be on a more generic device like a mobile phone. Despite this, Miyamoto believes that having Mario games on mobile expands the doorway for far more audience to experience the game.
This suggestion follows the closure of Dr Mario World after two years and the recent launch of Nintendo Systems, a new joint venture between Nintendo and its primary mobile partner DeNA. This new subsidiary will be focused on expanding Nintendo’s digital business on other platforms, linking users’ activities together via Nintendo Accounts.
While Mario’s future on mobile platforms may be uncertain, Nintendo fans can still look forward to the iconic plumber’s appearances on Nintendo’s own platforms. Sign up for the GI Daily here to get the biggest news straight to your inbox and stay up to date with the latest developments in the world of Nintendo.