Nintendo and Pokemon GO maker Niantic announced recently a partnership to create new mobile titles built on Niantic’s real-world AR technology based on Nintendo characters.
As the kick-off of the partnership, Nintendo and Niantic are developing a mobile app based on the Pikmin franchise. “The app will include gameplay activities to encourage walking and make walking more delightful.”
The game will launch later in 2021, with Niantic as the publisher.
“Based on the theme of making walking fun, our mission is to provide people a new experience that’s different from traditional games. We hope that the Pikmin and this app will become a partner in your life.” Nintendo representative director Shigeru Miyamoto said.
What would it be like to have a more fun walking experience surrounded by #Pikmin? In a new mobile app developed by @NianticLabs and Nintendo coming later in 2021, explore the real world and create memories with your Pikmin friends.— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) March 23, 2021
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The game will be the first title created by Niantic’s Tokyo Studio, which was established in April 2018.
“As we continue to expand our games portfolio, it was a natural next step to team up with Nintendo,” said John Hanke, CEO of Niantic, in a statement. “We’re looking forward to shaping the future of AR together, bringing Nintendo’s beloved game characters to life for mobile game players around the world.”