Good news, gaming fans! Nintendo is bringing your favorite classics to your smartphone, tablet and other smart gadgets. Nintendo once said it would never put out games for smartphones and tablets, but now it's reversing that decision.
Very soon, you could be seeing Donkey Kong, Mario and Legend of Zelda games right on your smartphone. However, Nintendo is planning on making changes to these classic games to better integrate them with your mobile gadgets.
The not-so-good news is that it's going to take a while to see these games on your smartphone. Nintendo prides itself on delivering the best service and experience with its console games, and refuses to simply port over existing games to fit iPhones and Androids.
Nintendo's CEO said that "we will not merely port games developed for our dedicated game systems to smart devices just as they are—we will develop brand new software which perfectly matches the play style and control mechanisms of smart devices."
There is also the possibility of a new "service" that suggests the games will cost money to play, but Nintendo seems to be leaning away from a "free to start" model.
"Nintendo does not intend to choose payment methods that may hurt Nintendo’s brand image or our IP, which parents feel comfortable letting their children play with. Also, it’s even more important for us to consider how we can get as many people around the world as possible to play Nintendo smart device apps, rather than to consider which payment system will earn the most money."
It sounds like Nintendo is working to walk the fine line between making money and creating a great service platform that will generate and keep loyal users.
Nintendo also announced this week, in addition to the software changes for classic games, that it is working on a secret new console project, codenamed "NX." The project will not be revealed until next year, but Nintendo says that it will release the modified games for smartphones and other gadgets later this year.
I can tell you one thing, I'm definitely looking forward to seeing how Nintendo will evolve to keep its legacy in the forefront of the gaming community.