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Nintendo looks to release its first mobile game this year

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Nintendo plans to release its first mobile game later this year, company president Satoru Iwata said during a Q&A session that followed the announcement of a new partnership with Japanese mobile gaming company DeNA.

During the Q&A, Iwata was asked when these new mobile releases will begin development and who will be leading the development.

"Regarding the individual video game titles, when it will be launched, we will be making the announcement when each of those games are ready," Iwata responded. "At least, however, we believe that there is no mean of collaboration [sic] if we can't launch anything, at least once, or some sort of output within this year. Also, per game title, regarding the roles of each companies will differ depending on games."

As reported yesterday, new Nintendo IP will be developed for smart devices and specifically optimized for this platform, it was announced following a press briefing yesterday. In other words, rather than porting games created specifically for the Wii U or the Nintendo 3DS you can expect entirely new titles on mobile.

Nintendo and DeNA are now planning the development of an online membership service accessible from smart devices, Windows PC and Nintendo systems. The membership service is slated to hit later this fall. Iwata would go on to reveal news of an upcoming "dedicated game system" known only at this point as The NX."