As part of his 2015 fiscal year financial results briefing, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata touched upon the company’s linked membership service plans and upcoming mobile initiatives.
“While we will announce the details of this integrated membership service at a later date, I can share with you at a high level the idea is that the consumer can access multiple devices using one common ID,” Iwata said, regarding the linked ID service. “For us to be able to bridge the gap between smart devices and dedicated game systems, we will offer advantages to consumers who use one ID across multiple devices.”
This umbrella ID would allow users to access any Nintendo service—be it on a platform or the web—using the same login, and would provide them with “various services including the ones based on their past purchases and gameplay records as well as services that will be an improved version of the current loyalty program.”
As for Nintendo’s mobile efforts, Iwata’s presentation included news that the first of their DeNA-allied mobile efforts will arrive “by the end of this calendar year.” The specific nature of this game, of course, weren’t touched upon, but Iwata did stress that “all of our IP can be considered for a smart device game.”
Following this first release, the company hopes to have “approximately five titles by the end of the next fiscal year,” which culminates in March 2017.
In a separate report from Sankei (via Siliconera), one of the Mario Kart series producers is cited as the head of Nintendo’s mobile game developments. Which of the producers, however, was not specified.