- Oct 24, 2008
Wondering what IP it will be, either Mario or Animal Crossing imho.
Since it's the first one I expect them to lead with something very mass market, so those are pretty safe bets, especially since they're not the ones handling Pokemon on mobile.
I do expect some mid-core titles later, but not until they've made a very wide bet first.
I think since they just released Animal Crossing: HHD and they have the Wii U game incoming, they'll strike that hammer while it's hot.
I always thought the genius move would have been to have a separate Mario Maker splintered mode on the WiiU version that allowed people to make "endless runner" levels. Those would then be curated and available to play on a mobile game that doesnt have the Maker aspect to it. Sort of a two birds one stone scenario. Offer up "celeb" made levels for IAP, can only play so many per day, stamina, etc. Bam.
I'm guessing it will be a Pokemon interaction mini game, like the ones they included in the 3DS games, mixed with tamagotchi.
Bets on whether this will use Amiibos in some way? Or is that not possible. If not that, then it will def. have something to do with Mario
The basic gambit around Animal Crossing vs. Mario would be that Animal Crossing is a very big property in Japan, but smaller in the West, so you're probably leading with Japanese heavy results at that point.
However, Nintendo x DeNA is a partnership you'd expect to, at least at the start, have more strength in Japan than abroad, so picking a great fit for that is not a bad option.
They're already trying business model experiments with Animal Crossing as well so it might be hinting at this.