Nintendo has repeatedly stated that they plan to release five games for mobile by March of 2017, but now we know that it will only be four, according to Shigeru Miyamoto.
In an interview with Time, Shigeru Miyamoto highlighted many things about Nintendo’s upcoming mobile game, Super Mario Run, stating that it is one of the mobile games that Nintendo has talked about releasing. While originally the number was going to be five, Miyamoto has now stated that it will only be four:
“We’ve consistently stated a plan to launch approximately five mobile apps by the end of this fiscal year, including Miitomo. Given market conditions and the development process for each title, our current plan is to launch four total mobile titles in that period.”
He also stated that Nintendo is looking heavily at the success of Pokémon GO, saying that is has increased interest in Pokémon in people that have never played any of the games, and that sales of games like Pokémon Red and Blue have been rising:
So of course as you’ve seen with Pokémon Go, we have millions of people who may never have played a Pokémon game, or maybe just knew the name Pokémon, who are now playing that game and learning the names of each individual Pokémon. And the result of that is that we’re also seeing sales of things like our original Pokémon Red and Blue games on the rise as a result of that. We think we’ll see a similar effect with Super Mario Run, and especially as we continue to develop Mario games for our own platforms that have more robust action and those sorts of elements, we think those will be appealing to the audience playing Super Mario Run on mobile devices.
Perhaps this is true, but there is no way that Super Mario Run will see the success that Pokémon GO has seen. Not because the game looks bad, or because Mario is less important that Pokémon, but just that the games are at entirely different levels. Pokémon GO is extremely immersive. It is console-level immersion that is only on a phone because that is the way to get the mobility needed. Super Mario Run, while looking great, is still just a mobile continuous runner. It will probably be extremely addicting, but it will not be extremely immersive. I doubt that Super Mario Run will cause a large increase in sales for the rest of the Mario franchise.