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Nintendo shooting for 3 smartphone releases each year

Latecomer to mobile aims to build on 'Super Mario' success

The new Mario game has scored 50 million downloads in just a week or so from its debut.   © 2016 Nintendo

OSAKA -- Nintendo intends to put out new smartphone games at a pace of three or so a year in fiscal 2017 and beyond.

The Kyoto-based company got into mobile games only in fiscal 2015 by collaborating with Internet service company DeNA.

It now has two games, including "Super Mario Run," released this month. The plan is to add two more by the end of this fiscal year in March.

"Super Mario Run" for iOS -- the platform used in the iPhone and other Apple devices -- has reached 50 million downloads worldwide. A version for the Android operating system is expected out next year.

Nintendo is likely to maintain its collaboration with DeNA.

(Nikkei)

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