Nintendo, DeNA Partner to Create New Mobile Games

By Brandy Shaul Comment

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Today at a press conference, mobile game developer and publisher, DeNA, and Nintendo announced a partnership to jointly create and operate new games for mobile devices, based on Nintendo’s properties.

The partnership will see all Nintendo IP eligible for “development and exploration by the alliance,” with only new, original games being created for smart devices, rather than porting existing games, originally released on the Wii U or Nintendo 3DS. Further information on these titles wasn’t revealed.

In addition to this announcement, the two companies have announced plans to develop an online membership service accessible on mobile, PC and Nintendo’s systems. The membership service is expected to launch in the Fall of 2015.

As part of this long-term relationship, Nintendo and DeNA have formed a capital alliance. A statement reads:

Under the capital alliance, Nintendo will acquire 15,081,000 of DeNA’s treasury shares, which corresponds to 10.00 percent of its total outstanding stock, for a total of approximately 22 billion yen. DeNA will simultaneously acquire 1,759,400 of Nintendo’s treasury shares, which corresponds to 1.24 percent of its outstanding stock, for a total of approximately 22 billion yen. The payment is due April 2, 2015.

DeNA has lots of experience bringing popular, existing universes to life on mobile, having created games based on the Marvel universe, Transformers and others.

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