After months of vague statements, Nintendo has finally confirmed its smartphone strategy, announcing that it will release two to three mobile titles every year. While all eyes are currently focused on the imminent launch of Nintendo's new console, company president Tatsumi Kimishima revealed that this smartphone release schedule will be taking effect this year. With Fire Emblem Heroes launching on both iOS and Android tomorrow and the as-yet untitled Animal Crossing delayed until 2018, it has yet to reveal which other treasured IP will get the mobile treatment in 2017.
This announcement comes a day after Nintendo announced it was cutting its full-year operating profit forecast by a third. With Super Mario Run amassing over 79 million downloads and the Android version still yet to launch, the news should help encourage investors after the undoubtedly disappointing new financial forecast.
While Super Mario Run was a 'free-to-start' game, Fire Emblem Heroes marks the company's first true move to the more profitable free-to-play business model. With the company still clearly testing the waters when it comes to mobile, Nintendo is sure to be watching Heroes' performance carefully when deciding how to monetize future mobile titles.
Even though regular mobile releases are now confirmed, Nintendo is still yet to reveal which other franchises it will bring to mobile. Personally, we'd love to see a Warioware-style mini-game collection hit smartphones. Can you imagine how perfect a Donkey Konga pocket tap-a-thon would be? Make our dreams come true, Nintendo.