The Japanese gaming giant Nintendo was supposed to release its first smartphone video game by the end of 2015 but the launch got delayed by few months to March 2016, which disappointed many Nintendo fans and the investors.
Nintendo partnered with DeNA, the Japanese mobile game specialist in March and their main aim was to launch the first smartphone video game this year. The investors and fans also had a hope that Mario, the best-selling video game franchise will be included in the first line up, but it seems Miitomo will be the first title.
However, this is not happening according to Nintendo CEO Tatsumi Kimishima, who also said that this delay will help the gaming giant to sell its existing gaming software and console during the holiday season. But he did not say anything about the first title of the smartphone video game, whether it would be Mario or Miitomo. Miitomo will be available for free to download, and optional ad-ons will be available via in-app purchase.
The share price of Nintendo dripped 7.5% after revealing the news. Tatsumi Kimishima who became CEO of the company in July after Satoru Iwata passed away confirmed that five video game titles are scheduled to launch in 2017.