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Nintendo finally enters mobile game market

Joshua Sandoval, Reporter

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Mario: he’s been with us since the NES to Wii U and the 3DS systems. Now he’ll be right on your phone to enjoy whenever! That’s right, Nintendo is officially releasing a game to be played on mobile platforms. This is such a big event for Nintendo it’s hard NOT to be excited for them.

Nintendo itself may be an innovative company, but they’re not the first people to do this. Sony and Microsoft have been on the mobile platform for quite some time. Sometimes releasing a mobile spin off of a game or a controller app that allows you to do tasks on either system on your phone, but the most common trend in big name gaming is companion apps (apps that connect and add material to the game you’re playing.) Nintendo is a little late to this the mobile party, with its first app “Miitomo” being March 17th of this year. Despite this, downloads have reached 300,000 in as little as a month–and it’s not even a full fledged game, it’s meant to be a type of social media!

During Apple’s showcase of the iPhone 7, Nintendo JACKed the show by presenting their new game to be released on Apple devices, an endless runner type game featuring Mario, creatively titled “Super Mario Run.” The crowd was awed to see a Mario game being played on the new iPhone 7. There’s no doubt the game will be a huge hit, but video game analyst Dr. Serkan Toto says that the game will easily reach 1 billion downloads. That’s a pretty big number for a Nintendo game!

It’s a big enough number to surpass all the downloads Microsoft and Sony have accumulated in its game apps downloaded. It doesn’t even stop there; we already have confirmation of a “Fire Emblem” and “The legend of Zelda” mobile spin offs on their way too! This is definitely a huge step for Nintendo, it’s exciting to see what future things they have in store. Now if they’ll only give us a release date for the NX.

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