Japan's Nintendo, Line team up for new Mario mobile game

Artist's estimate of how small the rumored Nintendo Switch revision might look based on a Nikkei report

It will open its first Nintendo-themed attraction at Osaka's Universal Studios Japan in time for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, which run from July 24 to August 9.

"It was not the pace we had aimed for, but sales are going at a good pace", Furukawa said of Switch sales over the last several months. Miitomo may have come out a little feature-barren and arguably half-baked at first, but Nintendo learned its lesson and every mobile game since has been top-notch. "Construction on the "Super Nintendo World" area at Universal Studios Japan is to open in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics". A similar facility is planned for the U.S. And while Akihabara is the generally the go-to choice for retail spaces for hard-core gamers, Nintendo's significant mainstream popularity is reflected in the fact that Nintendo Tokyo will be found on the other side of downtown from the otaku mecca, in the trendy Shibuya neighborhood. The game will be co-developed by LINE and Nintendo.

That list includes Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (15.02m), Super Mario Odyssey (13.76m), Super Smash Bros.

Nintendo officials acknowledged challenges of getting more people to play games.

The summer timing will put it smack in the middle of the gaming giant's new fiscal year, too, meaning that it could prove to be a big enrichment for a period that's normally pretty dry in the gaming world.

Nintendo continues to be hugely success in the games console market thanks to sales of the Switch console. Ultimate setting records all over the place, and hardware sales during the holiday season were through the roof with 9.42 million units being shifted.