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Mario Kart producer in charge of Nintendo’s mobile game development

Posted on May 7, 2015 by (@NE_Brian) in General Nintendo, News | 0 Likes

While announcing Nintendo’s latest financial results, president Satoru Iwata shared a brief update regarding the company’s mobile development plans.

Sankei reports that the producer of Mario Kart has been appointed to be in charge of mobile game development. “It should help you understand the level of commitment from Nintendo”, Iwata said.

A name isn’t specifically mentioned, but we assume the article is referring to Hideki Konno, who has been producing Mario Kart games since the DS entry. Konno was also the producer on Mario Kart Wii, Mario Kart 7, and Mario Kart 8.

Sankei also mentions that today’s news shows how Nintendo intends to tackle mobile games with the same developers they use for console games.

Nintendo announced in March that it was teaming up with DeNA to create gaming apps for smartphone devices. The two sides are also working together a new membership service for Nintendo.

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  • Kallumsmarties

    I absolutely adore Hideki Konno. He’s the reason I love Mario Kart so much.

  • Exposer

    Ok…Thats cool.

  • Nintendojitsu

    A 3rd pillar approaches.

  • Airsh Bornely

    Good to hear.

  • Drybonekoopa85

    That’s a good name drop! Especially coming off from Mario Kart 8 and the amazingly well done DLC. I can see this might be something special on mobile.

  • dbizal

    Still not sold. But then… Mobile gaming… Meh.

  • Hermione Granger

    this is the start of the end of nintendo, mark my words…

    • paidenthusiast

      Why would you say that? They’re not putting their home console games nor their handheld games on smartphones or tablets. Nintendo is making small scaled games for the mobile market and this is a smart business move because not only will it make them tons of money but also it will keep their brand highly relevant with casual gamers. Think before you judge

      • Blank Username

        Ignore her, she’s one of those trolls who have nothing better to do with their lives, so they just make negative comments on the same website without rationalization or justification.

      • HigiCura

        Because mobile games and apps, amiibos, quality of life, new membership and loyalty programs compatible with consoles, PCs and smart devices developed with DeNA, Universal studios theme park attractions and potentially movies and a netflix tv series, Nintendo is clearly doomed!

  • paidenthusiast

    Hideki Konno is a great developer and a genius. I’m pretty sure he’ll do just fine. Mario Kart Mobile confirmed? No, yes, maybe? It could happen

  • RC-1009/2025

    Yay, now I just hope that it can run on my iPod Touch 4 without crashing

  • Super Mario Kart on my tablet? C:

  • Vigilante_blade

    This sounds like a waste of this man’s talent to be honest.

    • Diortem

      He wouldn’t do it if he thought so.

      • Vigilante_blade

        I wouldn’t assume intent in this case. It is well known, especially in Japan that work pressure is very prevalent.

  • SecretX

    This is good news.