Nintendo plans to release 2 or 3 mobile games a year after Super Mario Run's success

But will Android users be able to join the fun?

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While Android users might still be waiting for their chance to play it, Super Mario Run has blasted to the top of Apple’s App Store charts and smashed download records. So it’s no surprise that Nintendo plans to bring a bunch more games to smartphones.

In an interview with Japan-based Kyoto NP, Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima revealed that Super Mario Run is just the start of a new strategy for mobile gaming. The company plans to release two or three new games next year, and continue that pattern beyond 2017, he said. Previously it was reported that popular titles Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing were on tap for a mobile release.

Kimishima offered no information on whether future games will release simultaneously in the App Store and Play Store, but Nintendo has already said it is working on bringing Super Mario Run to Android phones. The iPhone-exclusive side-runner has amassed some 50 million downloads in its first week, making it the fastest-downloaded app in Apple’s history. However, the game’s $10 price tag and relatively simple formula has riled some users, and despite its popularity, it only has a 2-star rating in the App Store.

Why this matters: Even though Android users are currently left out in the cold, Nintendo’s new mobile push is definitely one to watch. With the success of Pokemon Go and Super Mario Run, the company has proven that its characters can stand alone, and it’ll be interesting to see how the upcoming launch of the Nintendo Switch tablet-style console plays into its new strategy. 

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