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  1. So in case you haven't heard, here's the news from a recent Nintendo press conference. Nintendo is partnering with Japanese mobile giant DeNA and, with this partnership, plans to make games for smartphones and tablets using Nintendo IPs. To clarify, these are games made just for smartdevices, not ports of games from other consoles, and they will feature Nintendo characters and worlds. They also plan to develop a new core system that is compatible with PCs, smartphones, tablets, and Nintendo consoles. They're aiming to release a membership service that utilizes their new system by Fall 2015. Guess we'll hear more at E3. Additionally, Nintendo has announced that they plan to show their next dedicated gaming console next year. It's currently codenamed Nintendo NX and Iwata claims it is being designed around a "brand new concept". He gave this announcement to assure everyone that Nintendo's enthusiasm for dedicated video game consoles is not hindered in any way by the decision to enter the mobile app market, but rather strengthened. So ladies and gents, this is the future of Nintendo. What do you think? I'm betting my money that the Nintendo NX will incorporate AR or VR and the reason they're pushing it so quickly is because, well, all of the other major console developers have shown their VR headsets and it's Nintendo's turn to step up to the plate. I think we'll be hearing about it next year and we'll see a 2017 release date, giving the Wii U a 5-year life-span just like the Wii had. As for their mobile development, I'm curious to see what kinds of franchises they send over. We'll obviously be seeing Mario on smartdevices, as well as spin-off Pokemon games similar to Pokemon Shuffle. I could also see Kirby and maybe Donkey Kong games on smartdevices, and I'd actually love to see a WarioWare game for mobile. Overall I think the decision to develop for mobile devices is a very smart one, and it was also very smart of them to announce their next console along with this so that people didn't freak out and think Nintendo is in some kind of financial trouble. So what games do you want to see on mobile devices? What do you think the Nintendo NX will be like: a handheld? a console? both? VR or AR? something else entirely? What impact will it have on the "current gen" of consoles? Post your thoughts!