Nintendo announced that its first smartphone game will launch before the end of the year, with four more mobile titles to follow before the end of March 2017.
"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."
Nintendo will continue to produce its own gaming machines into the future; an upcoming console codenamed NX is currently in development. The company hopes that producing games on smartphones will familiarize customers with Nintendo's IP and eventually drive them to "explore more premium experiences on our dedicated game systems," as Iwata puts it.
Regarding the connection between the company's mobile initiative and its established console business, Iwata noted that an "integrated membership service" is in the works which will encompass multiple devices, including the Nintendo 3DS, the Wii U, the NX (which is currently under development), smart devices and PCs
Iwata has high hopes for each of the smart device games, which is why the company is releasing what sounds like a small number of titles. He expects each game to be a hit and will run each one for a "a significant amount of time after their releases." He says that this proves how committed Nintendo is to gaming on smart devices.