Though Nintendo is now partnered with DeNA and working on more mobile titles with them, Nintendo has plans to expand further. The first game, Miitomo, was pushed back from October that year to 2016 and all other subsequent releases except for Super Mario Run saw a delay in some respect before launch.
Though new parterships are a part of the plan, Nintendo isn't looking to invest in anymore companies like they did with DeNA. According to the Wall Street Journal, Nintendo wants to raise the stakes in the mobile market and step up their game, essentially.
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Though Nintendo had originally planned to have five mobile titles on the market by March 2017 it now only has four, with the delayed Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp being the most recent release.
Nintendo is said to be actively seeking out new developers so that it could make and release more mobile games for smartphones as it tries to play catch up with other gaming companies.
Not only do these mobile titles diversify Nintendo's revenue streams, they also introduce those who primarily game on mobile to Nintendo titles, increasing the chances of them moving over to Nintendo's hardware for more in-depth experiences.
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In 2015, Nintendo partnered with DeNA to start bringing its IPs and games to smartphones.
The strategy seems to pay off, too.
WSJ also reports that Nintendo has been in contact with GungHo Online Entertainment, the creators of the Puzzles and Dragons mobile game but a GungHo spokeswoman denied that talks with Nintendo took place. The Wall Street Journal reported sales of Animal Crossing titles for the Nintendo 3DS have risen in recent weeks after the introduction of the free-to-download smartphone title, so it is a good sign for the company. With the resounding success of Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, Nintendo is looking to shift a large focus onto future smart device title development.
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Regardless, there is another side to Nintendo's (possible) move into mobile: Nintendo may be looking to convert its mobile game players into Nintendo fans. We already know that at least one game fell flat on its face after the initial few months.