Capcom get serious about mobile, plans to launch games based on Mega Man and other popular IPBy Shawn Knight
Nintendo isn't the only gaming company with serious mobile ambitions. Capcom on Friday said it has established a mobile business division tasked with reorganizing its mobile operations.
Capcom said the goal is to aggressively utilize its popular intellectual property to create hit mobile titles that'll be sold both domestically and abroad. By March 31, 2017, Capcom aims to release four titles from popular brands such as Mega Man, Monster Hunter and Sengoku Basara.
Some may be surprised to learn that this isn't Capcom's first foray into the world of mobile gaming. Through its Beeline Interactive Japan Inc. subsidiary, Capcom indirectly released a handful of Android and iOS titles including Monster Hospital, Monster Pet Shop, Ghostbusters Puzzle Fighter and nearly half a dozen Smurf games.
Moving forward, Capcom said Beeline Interactive Japan Inc. has been renamed Capcom Mobile Co., Ltd. Combining the efforts of Capcom's mobile division with Beeline will afford the company the luxury of being able to make fast decisions in rolling out titles around the world.
Just the other day, Nintendo brought its first mobile game - Miitomo - to the US. More of a communications app than a game, Miitomo launched in Japan last month and was downloaded more than a million times within the first three days. That's quite the surprise considering the criticism Nintendo received when it first revealed the title.