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Nintendo’s classic characters will be coming to mobile games

Since Nintendo announced plans to finally embrace smartphone apps, there has been one question on the minds of gamers: Will we be able to play Mario and Zelda on our mobile devices?

While that hasn’t been confirmed quite yet, Nintendo has confirmed popular characters from the canon will be rolled out in mobile from.

An interview with new CEO Tatsumi Kimishima offering insight into Ninty’s plans for 2016, has been translated by Tokyo-based game industry consultant Dr. Serkan Toto.

According to Toto, Kimishima “promises smartphone apps with Nintendo’s famous characters in 2016. He wants to bring the company’s financials to a new level.”

This is significant given the lack of known characters within Nintendo’s first mobile game/communication app Miitomo, which will be out in March.

The Japanese giant has yet to announce which games will be next, but a total of four titles will be released in early 2016.

Other significant excepts from the transcript include a promise to “surprise fans with new ideas – not built on old ones” as relates to the forthcoming NX console.

According to the transcript Nintendo will release “details” on the NX in 2016. That suggests we’ll learn more about what the device will offer, but not necessarily a release.

In other Nintendo news, the company has announced Pokken Tournament will arrive on the Wii U on March 18.

The Pokemon-based fighting game began life in the Japanese arcades and was announced for the console platform last summer.

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