With all eyes on the Switch and the console's new Labo cardboard peripherals, it's easy to forget Nintendo is now very much a mobile game developer, too. In Nintendo's latest financials, however, its mobile games received only a passing mention, and Mario Kart Tour is still a ways off. But it turns out Nintendo has other mobile titles in the pipeline. It's been working with developer Cygames on Dragalia Lost, a Japanese-style action RPG. You may know Cygames as the company behind the digital card game Shadowverse, but otherwise it typically makes titles aimed squarely at the Japanese market, like the hugely popular Granblue Fantasy.
Nintendo's new president, Shuntaro Furukawa, says that he plans on expanding the company's presence in the mobile market. Furukawa believes that Nintendo could turn its smartphone game operations into a 100 billion yen business. "From what I can see, smartphone games are the ones I want to expand the most," Furukawa told Nikkei. "The idea that something will emerge that transforms into something big, in the same manner as game consoles, is the defining motive of the Nintendo business." Furukawa, who will effectively be Nintendo'e president this June, believes that they could replicate the success of "Pokémon GO."
Nintendo's next crack at the mobile gaming market is fast approaching. Today, the house of Mario announced that Dragalia Lost will be released in the US, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau on September 27th. There's no word on when the game will be available in Europe and other parts of the world, however. The app, if you need a refresher, is an action-focused RPG co-developed by Cygames, the studio behind the massively popular Granblue Fantasy in Japan. Early trailers have teased a 3D world with chibi-esque characters, real-time combat and monstrous hero transformations.
So far, most of Nintendo's mobile experiments have capitalized on recognizable names: Mario, Fire Emblem, Animal Crossing. Dragalia Lost is a mobile action-RPG that will be launching first in Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macau this summer. It'll be landing in North America and Europe at a later date, perhaps even after 2018 -- there's no word yet on timing. The game marks a first collaboration between Nintendo and the Japan-based studio Cygames, whose most recent worldwide mobile release is the 2016 collectible card game, Shadowverse. You can get a sense of what Dragalia Lost looks like in the above trailer.