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Mobile games fans disappointed by latest Pokémon Go reveal

The newest announcement suggests that there still isn’t any release date for the Nintendo app.

Although there has been a great deal of hype drummed up with regards to the mobile games that will be produced by Nintendo, more specifically the “Pokémon Go” app, the company still has yet to indicate a release date, despite the fact that it has confirmed that the game has been in the development process for the last two years (at least).

Nintendo Direct also hasn’t provided any new Pokémon Go details concerning when it will be available.

Fans of Pokémon and of mobile games have been dying to get their hands on it since it was first officially announced in September, but now all they know is that the app is likely to be available at some point next year. Due to the very limited amount of information that has been released through official channels, fans and the industry, alike, have been circulating rounds of rumors that have made suggestions about the possible content of the game, a likely link to the release of Pokémon Z, and even of the release date itself.

The most recent unofficial news regarding the mobile game launch is saying it will be out on February 27.

Mobile Games - PokémonIf that is the case and it is released on February 27, 2016, then it would mean that the mobile app will be out on the twentieth birthday of the Pokémon game, itself, as the first release of the game was on that date in 1996.

Many of the rumors come with a lot of credibility except for the fact that there hasn’t been any confirmation over official channels. It is now widely believed that there will be more information of this nature available later in December, as the Japanese Coro-Coro insight magazine’s November issue promised that it would have more details about the game in its next edition.

All that is really known, so far, is that the mobile games – Pokémon Go and Pokémon Z will be compatible with augmented reality technology. That has been included in previous announcements made by Nintendo itself.

Nintendo mobile gaming alliance formed

The company has joined forces with a Japanese firm called DeNA Co. for developing games for smartphones and tablets.

Nintendo Inc. has been turning its back on the concept that mobile gaming would ever lead to any significant competition, but very recently, a new alliance with a Japanese smartphone based game company, DeNA Co., it looks like the company has changed its attitude.

This new partnership between Nintendo and DeNA will allow the companies to come together for mobile game development.

Nintendo has revealed that some of the best recognized trademark characters from its games, such as Pokémon and Super Mario, could soon be making their way into the mobile gaming environment. Until now, the company has been fiercely holding onto those names, keeping their appearances exclusive to its own platforms, such as the 3DS mobile devices and the Wii home consoles. These two companies have stated that they intend to form a global membership service for a range of different devices that include Nintendo gadgets, PCs, as well as mobile devices such as smartphones.

The plan is to launch this new mobile gaming service by the fall of this year.

Nintendo - Mobile GamingThe two companies have both expressed that the Nintendo mobile games that they will be producing will not simply be reworked versions of the existing titles for that company’s consoles. Instead, they will be mobile apps that are developed specifically for the experience of smartphone users.

This partnership will bring together the game development abilities and intellectual property at Nintendo with the mobile expertise at DeNA. The announcement of this alliance also revealed that Nintendo will be acquiring about a 10 percent stake in DeNA, as it obtains about 15 million shares. DeNA will be taking on about a 1.24 percent stake of Nintendo, thorugh about 1.759 million shares of that company.

The total acquisitions in this mobile gaming deal have an estimated value of $182 million, and the exchange will take place on April 2. This will represent the start of an important redirect for Nintendo as it enters into a space that it had previously left essentially alone.