Reuters have reported that Tatsumi Kimishima (President of Nintendo) has indicated that they would like to release 2-3 mobile games per year. However, he did not say how may of those would be developed internally or at DeNa, a company Nintendo formed a mobile gaming partnership with in 2015.
This indication suggests Nintendo now have a better grasp of the time it will take to develop worthwhile mobile games. Previously they have stated they would release a total of five mobile applications before the end of March 2017, which included Miitomo. But, with the Animal Crossings mobile game being delayed until at least April – it means with Miitomo it will only reach three, with Super Mario Run and Fire Emblem Heroes. Details of the fifth application Nintendo planned on releasing by April has never been shared.
During a presentation around the company’s goals for its mobile business, Tatsumi Kimishima told investors;
“We would like to utilize smart devices as a platform to reach the maximum number of consumers with our IP. It is a prerequisite that the smart-device business be profitable on its own. We also aim to generate synergy with our dedicated video game systems business to maximize the potential of Nintendo’s overall business strategies.”