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New Pokemon games help Nintendo escape the hardware trap

Company starts to embrace the rise of mobile gaming after fighting it

Nintendo reaches for the popular Pokemon franchise again. (Photo by Taro Yokosawa)

OSAKA -- Nintendo has revealed a suite of new Pokemon games for the popular Switch device, taking a step to decrease the company's exposure to hit-or-miss hardware sales by expanding the reach of popular content.

The role-playing game "Pokemon Quest" debuted on Wednesday, free to download on the Switch while a version for smartphones arrives at the end of June. It will generate revenue largely through in-game item purchases.

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