Super Mario Run was released in 2016 for mobiles, and Mario Kart Tour was released in 2019. Other Nintendo properties such as Fire Emblem, Animal Crossing, and Pikmin have also made mobile debuts in recent years.
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Elsewhere in the interview, Miyamoto discussed the challenges involved in the company developing for mobile platforms, saying that “first and foremost, Nintendo’s core strategy is a hardware and software integrated gaming experience.”
He explained: “When we explored the opportunity of making Mario games for the mobile phone — which is a more common, generic device — it was challenging to determine what that game should be. That is why I played the role of director for Super Mario Run, to be able to translate that Nintendo hardware experience into the smart devices.”
Mario’s next adventure is yet to be announced, and the veteran is remaining tight-lipped, saying that fans should “please stay tuned for future Nintendo Directs.”
“I can’t say anything in advance, but we have Nintendo Directs every two or three months, so please look forward to those”, he said.