This week Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata let slip a lot of news about the Kyoto based entertainment company. Today news of Nintendo's mobile plans with DeNa were outed, and its good news indeed. They are projecting that five titles will be released for mobile devices through March 2017. At first people might think five is a small number, but keep in mind, Nintendo is still developing games for the Wii U, the 3DS, and the upcoming NX(whatever it turns out to be). Adding 5 games for yet another platform on top of that is a pretty hefty sum.
"You may think it is a small number," said Iwata, "but when we aim to make each title a hit, and because we want to thoroughly operate every one of them for a significant amount of time after their releases, this is not a small number at all and should demonstrate our serious commitment to the smart device business."
He later went on to say that these games would be quality games (of course he would say that) but I believe him. Say what you want about Nintendo's decisions, but their games always have an extremely high degree of polish that other developers just don't take the time for. I would say that Valve, Blizzard and Nintendo the go to companies when looking for quality games.
I'm not saying others don't push quality, but some companies are so concerned with getting a new version of their game out every single year that it dilutes it, sure it sell well, but the polish isn't there, or it hasn't changed enough to warrant a new version.
He did go on to say that they wouldn't be porting previously existing software to mobile devices and I'm happy about that for games like Mario where touch input would be a horrible idea, but games like Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, Spirit Tracks, or Kirby Canvas Curse would be fantastic on a mobile device.
Nintendo may be taking their time but slow and steady wins the race.