Nintendo Opens Door to Smartphone Games

Eric Pfanner, writing for The Wall Street Journal:

The company dropped its long-standing aversion to mobile gaming, saying Tuesday that it would develop videogames for smartphones based on its classic characters.

In a surprising about-face, Nintendo struck a partnership with DeNA Co., a Japanese game provider, under which the companies will exchange ownership stakes and set up a new mobile game platform.

Better late than never. Nintendo could easily dominate gaming once again by simply putting Mario, Zelda, and Pokemon on the iPhone. It would really be that simple.

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