Ever since Super Mario Run made its debut on the App Store way back in 2016, many console players who used to look down upon mobile gaming suddenly became interested in the platform. Things have changed a lot since then. Several titles such as Fire Emblem Heroes and the more recent Dragalia Lost have turned out to be among the most successful of Nintendo’s mobile releases. A couple of days ago, Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa shared some insights about several topics, including the company’s presence in the mobile market, in an interview with Kyoto Shimbun.

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Fire Emblem Heroes is a successful mobile game from Nintendo

Pokémon Go is arguably one of the most popular mobile games released in the past few years, especially when it comes to expanding brand awareness to other platforms. In the interview, Furukawa was asked about how Nintendo connected Pokémon GO with Switch for the new titles Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee!, which were released last November. Answering this, he commented that Switch and smartphone each has its own play style, and Nintendo has no intention for mobile games to play like Switch games or the other way around. This is a rather odd statement considering how many things the Let’s Go titles share with GO.

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Pokémon: Let's Go borrows many things from Pokémon GO

Furukawa then went on to share that Nintendo’s primary goal right now is creating a bigger overall fanbase and get more people interested in its characters. To that end, the company will continue to keep its console and mobile games separated and treat them differently. The President also said that the company thinks of mobile games not as products, but as services: They don’t just sell out, but can constantly generate revenue if updated regularly with new content.

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Nintendo thinks mobile games can constantly bring in revenue if updated regularly

To conclude the question, Furukawa confirms that Nintendo plans to launch 2 or 3 games for mobile devices every year. Hopefully, we will get some information about the launch of Mario Kart Tour soon, as it was said to be coming before April.