Prepare your thumbs everyone - this is not a drill!
As you may know, Nintendo has finally taken the leap and decided to make their games available for smartphones. They are scheduled to release five titles by the end of March 2017 and the first game we get to play is Miitomo, an app where you can design your own avatar to use on the Wii and Wii U platforms.
Miitomo is set to be released March 2016, so it's not long until we get to enjoy it. However, the one game everyone and their mom is most excited about is of course Pokémon GO, the augmented reality game which allows you to find, catch, trade, and battle Pokémon in real life. If you're curious about how it works, here is the trailer for the game.
As if things couldn't get any better
As if catching Pokémon in real life isn't good enough, Isao Moriyasu, the CEO of the company Nintendo, is working to release the games and recently revealed some very exciting news.
“Games currently in the pipeline are all free to play."
Yes, you heard correct – all the five titles Nintendo will release are going to be free for anyone to download!
This is of course very exciting, and great news for all Nintendo fans. But it also brings up an important question: how is Nintendo going to make any money from this?
The most probable answer to that is that they will rely on in-app purchases. Add-ons you can buy to make your gaming experience even better, and maybe a special kind of Poké Ball or some banging wheels for your kart when you play MarioKart (Please let us have MarioKart on our smartphones Nintendo-Gods).
Additionally, Pokémon GO will be released alongside something called Pokémon GO Plus, which is a small wearable device you can connect to your smartphone via bluetooth. The device will use LED lights and a light rumble to notify players when a Pokémon is nearby.
The late CEO of Nintendo, Satoru Iwata, also revealed that they hope the mobile games will tempt players to "explore more premium experiences on our dedicated game systems."
I, for one, am very excited to try out the smartphone games, and as a long-term fan of Nintendo, I really hope this new concept will help their business grow so that we get to enjoy even more great games in the future.