Nintendo Might Be Winding Down Its Mobile Game Development, Report Suggests

Nintendo might be looking to step away from developing new mobile games, according to a new report by Bloomberg. A report published on the site details how Nintendo seems likely to focus on Switch in the future, with fewer mobile games being developed.

Nintendo has made over $1 billion from mobile games since 2016’s Super Mario Run, but over 60% of that figure came from a single title–Fire Emblem Heroes. In 2017, following the release of Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, it was reported that Nintendo wanted to ramp up mobile development–this might no longer be the case.

According to Bloomberg, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa said in May that the company is “not necessarily looking to continue releasing many new applications for the mobile market,” and that their move into mobile development was largely motivated by the Wii U’s failure to sell well. While the Switch is performing well, especially with the sales figures of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, their mobile titles are not showing similar growth. He also said that a major increase in revenue from mobile was not expected this financial year.

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