When Nintendo revealed that they wanted to put their legendary IPs onto mobile phones and tablets, they made sure they got help from someone who knew how to make great mobile games. In the case of Pokémon GO they went to Niantic. But for their other titles, they struck a deal with DeNA. Together they’ve made two titles, Super Mario Run, and Fire Emblem Heroes, with more are on the way. But what might surprise you is how much of DeNA’s workforce is making Nintendo titles.
According to Gameindustry.biz, only 10% of their team is working on the “Nintendo Alliance” as it’s being called. Now, while that does seem small, there is a catch here. As the company has over 1000 employees, which means that 100 of them are working with Nintendo. There are certain game studios who don’t have 100 members, so that is a lot. But still, it does raise questions on why not more, for if more could work on these titles, they may come out sooner.
It is hard to deny that DeNA and Nintendo’s partnership has worked for the large part. Super Mario Run did have faults, but it still was downloaded over 50 million times. As for Fire Emblem Heroes, the game was recently revealed to have been downloaded over 10 million times, but also has made a profit of $115 million dollars. That’s impressive when you consider that DeNA has said that the average cost of one of their mobile games is 5 million give or take.
As for what’s next for this partnership, Animal Crossing is said to be the next major Nintendo mobile game. Animal Crossing has a very passionate fanbase, and was actually called out for not being at E3. The game is set to potentially arrive this year as well, so news should be coming out on it soon. What comes after that though is a mystery.