Mario Kart Producer Is Now In Charge Of Nintendo’s Mobile Game Development

Hideki Konno, producer of the Mario Kart series since the Nintendo DS entry, will now oversee the company’s mobile game development.

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-Foxtrot3060d ago (Edited 3060d ago )

What a shame and a waste of great talent. Should be watching on what matters, their Wii U/3DS games.

I'm sorry but they are just mobile games, no need to have someone with a good track record on them. I mean especially if the guys got skills with great games such as Mario Kart and helped with The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker and F-Zero X (a personal favourite of mine)

They should have him doing Luigis Mansion 2 for the Wii U. I know Dark Moon is the second one but I kind of think of it as it's own thing since it's a little different from the main game. The guy did a fantastic job directing the first one especially for a launch game

Metallox3060d ago

I don't think we should worry that much. Nintendo arrived to the market in a time when most home consoles had a lot of mediocre titles. The Nintendo Entertainment System changed things a bit.

Who knows, maybe Nintendo can make at least some decent mobile games. I mean, let's not pretend every mobile title is made with the the purpose of making fast cash via freemium models.

-Foxtrot3060d ago

"mobile title is made with the the purpose of making fast cash via freemium models"

Yeah but if you were going to buy a Nintendo game or any other game whether it was Microsoft doing it or Sony you would rather play it on an actually handheld or your main console.

Most people only really play mobile games when they are travelling and need something quick to pass the time...maybe a metro journey to work/college OR you quickly load one up when your taking a shit.

I don't see the point of actually putting any real effort into it and waste someone's skills when they could be put to use on something more people will actually play on and care about.

OtakuDJK1NG-Rory3060d ago

Iwata stated that they plan to release only 5 titles through 2017

gangsta_red3060d ago

"What a shame and a waste of great talent. Should be watching on what matters, their Wii U/3DS games."

I don't think you realize how big the mobile market is. Overseeing a new department and development to one of the biggest markets out there, especially Japan, is no waste of great talent.

-Foxtrot3060d ago

Yeah it is...especially when you could get a team of nobodies to create some quick games and put them out...they'd still sell a ton over there because it's Nintendo

Why waste talented people on it.

gangsta_red3060d ago

"...especially when you could get a team of nobodies to create some quick games and put them out..."

Not the Nintendo way in case you haven't notice they are pretty synonymous with quality. And if they put anything out that happened to be crap it would catch on quick and I would guarantee the Japanese would not buy their product even if it is Nintendo.

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KryptoniteTail3060d ago

Good, maybe the games will be worth something. DON'T DO PLAY-TO-WIN OR EXCESSIVE MICROTRANSACTIONS!

Syakinta3060d ago

In Japan mobile game market is called "Major League", so he was *literally* promoted.

wodan3059d ago

Hope it does not effect their console development.


The Next Nintendo Console Will Have Power Closer To PS4 And Xbox One, Reveals Leaked Activision Doc

The upcoming Nintendo console, rumored to be Switch 2, will have power closer to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One than the current-gen consoles.

Jin_Sakai3d ago

That was obvious. It’s a handheld. DLSS will really boost the resolution and frame rate though and Ray Tracing will be great being Nvidia.

Number1TailzFan3d ago

It does not make up for having noticeably weaker hardware. PS5 & Series X are having some trouble running a new UE5 title dude. DF demonstrated the fps & resolution of both consoles, both upscaling from 720p and having frame dips into the 40fps range and below on PS5, bit better on Series X but both are not ideal. The next Switch is not going to magically be able to run demanding UE5 titles very well, I guarantee they will be locked 30fps and likely with downgraded graphics over the other consoles.

Demanding third party titles should not be the focus, it would be better if Nintendo focus on first party games with games made well enough to run at a solid 60fps with good graphics, rather than push the machine beyond what it can do.

_SilverHawk_2d ago (Edited 2d ago )

Well that's disappointing. I thought the switch 2 was more powerful than a ps5 with better ray tracing from what a lot of people have been saying.

Nintendo have been making weaker systems than their rivals for decades and they and their fans have been championing having weaker hardware. A lot of people loved talking about the portability of the switch and it being the only portable gaming system you can play modern games on but now the market has a lot of other portable gaming systems that's a lot more powerful than a switch and it's successor.

The switch 2 can't rely on just having a lot of ports of games especially from last generation because there are already very powerful portable gaming systems you can play games of every generation in high quality

Fishy Fingers2d ago

I'm not sure what people have been saying that but you're more foolish than them if you believed it.

Nintentional2d ago

Current Switch is woefully underpowered compared to the Xbox Series consoles and PS5, yet there have been numerous months where it still outsells them both, especially in Japan. Switch is weaker than PS4 and Xbox One, yet it still outsold them both. The versatility of the hybrid home console/handheld nature of the Switch 2, coupled with Nintendo’s developer’s unmatched ingenuity, along side some key third party exclusives and multiplats spells success for the Switch successor yet again 😉

BanginTunes2d ago

I knew from that matrix demo that unreal 5 wasn't very good for these consoles. Controversial but after some of the games that came out this year I think I preferred when there were cross gen games because these games with these ugly upscaling systems and inconsistent framerates end up looking worse than if they just had PS4 graphics but high Res and 60fps. Just don't make the games cross gen so you can take advantage of the SSD.

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neutralgamer19922d ago

Nintendo never want to lose a dime on hardware so expecting more is just asking too much. They should be targeting something below XSX-PS5 not ps4 or Xbox one. We need good bit of power since by the time it launches will be 2024

12GB ram
1440P machine

fr0sty2d ago

Yeah, being "close to last gen in power" was what Switch was supposed to be, and it wasn't. Now they're saying that Switch 2 will still be stuck in last gen, when this gen's hardware is already showing its age. There's no excuse for cheaping out on hardware that much, Nintendo is getting greedy... you know they're still going to expect top dollar for the thing, at least as much as a Series S, which is what it should be comparing itself to.

DigitallyAfflicted2d ago

Is going to be called nintendo1x? Just trolling 🤣

S2Killinit2d ago

Why is Activision leaking information about Nintendo? If I was Nintendo I would be looking at how MS/Activision leaked the info and why. Especially considering that we now know MS wants Nintendo out of console market.

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darthv723d ago

the current switch is already at around the 1tf level which is just below the PS4/XBO. I think they mean Switch 2 will be more like a PS4 Pro or Series S in terms of being 4tf in power.

purple1012d ago (Edited 2d ago )

It will defo be 4tf. I reckon. Steam deck is 1.6 or something... rog ally is more But also Costs more.

I reckon with Nintendo's buying power they can get price down. But then again, this is Nintendo we're talking about.

But yeh also teraflops isn't everything

babadivad2d ago (Edited 2d ago )

The Switch is several times weaker than the VCR Xbox.

The Tegra X1 chip inside the Switch is capable of running at 1GHz which would produce 512 Gigaflops of performance.

Nintendo has this chip downclocked to around 700 MHz so at maximum (when docked) it's GPU performance is 350~ Gigaflops. VCR box was 1.4 Teraflops by comparison. Just in GPU power, the VCR is around 4 times more performant.

The memory in the Switch is nearly 3 times slower than even the DDR3 memory.

Nintendo downclocked the CPU of the switch as well.

It's no mystery why the Switch wasn't able to keep up with the PS4 and X1 when they were its main competition.

I feel like I have made this point before but if you have a phone that was released within the last 3 years. The hardware in that phone would embarrasse the Switch in performance.

The Switch isn't a 1 Teraflop machine. It's a 350 Gigaflop system at best with anemic memory bandwidth. Even when compared to the original X1.

The PS4 and X1 are in a different league than the Switch

Sciurus_vulgaris2d ago

I remember RockStar developers explicitly stating that the Switch could not run RDR2. Rockstar are generally good at utilizing and pushing hardware. Rockstar not attempting RDR2 on the Switch was enough to prove the system wasn’t in the same power ballpark as the XB1 and PS4.

Relientk773d ago

I get power and graphics isn't everything, but like c'mon...

TheEnigma3132d ago (Edited 2d ago )

Just like the switch was close to PS3/360 when we were well into the PS4/XBOX1 era. But Nintendo has to stay in a certain price range in order to succeed. They should target a locked 60 fps over graphics imo.

MrNinosan2d ago

And still not a single game on Switch looks and plays as well as games like FFXIII trilogy, Uncharted, Last of Us.

People say Switch is close to PS3/X360 era, but any game even trying to get close to graphics of that quality need ro be run through the cloud.

Just give me a real hardware with Zelda and Mario games looking like Ratchet and Clank. That would make me start playing Nintendo gamea again.