Smartphone users may finally have a way to play the classic Nintendo games, like Mario, Luigi and Donkey Kong. The company has partnered with mobile game developer DeNA to launch a series of new smartphone games scheduled for release this fall.
“The alliance is intended to complement Nintendo’s dedicated video game systems business and extend Nintendo’s reach into the vast market of smart device users worldwide,” Nintendo said in a statement.
The new games will be available for mobile devices and existing Nintendo products, like the Wii U and handheld 3DS.
The move into mobile gaming is a big step for Nintendo. Thus far, the company’s primary focus has been on handheld devices, but this new partnership will allow the Japanese video game maker to reach a thriving, more modern group of users hooked on smartphone technology. With console sales on the decline, this could be the saving grace Nintendo needs to stay competitive.
Games will be accessible through an exclusive membership account, but currently there is no information on the price of that membership. Nintendo has not reported the number of new games that will be available, but they do project a release later this year.