Konami follows Nintendo: “Our reference platform will be the mobile one,” says the CEO

A few weeks ago we talked about the opening of Nintendo to the mobile world, with CEO Iwata confirming the arrival of five titles dedicated to smart devices by 2017, with the first arriving at the end of the year. In the last few hours, an even clearer announcement has come, this time from Konami.

The new CEO of the Japanese software house, Hideki Hayakawa, has in fact specified in no uncertain terms that from this moment on Konami will mainly focus on games for mobile devices.

Our reference platform will be mobile devices. [..]Following the pay-as-you-play model of games like Power pro and Winning Eleven with additional content, our games must move from selling things like “items” to selling things like “features”


Video games have split over a number of platforms but, ultimately, the platform that is getting closer to us is mobile. Mobile is the future of gaming.


Let’s hope our Western titles like Metal Gear Solid V and Winning Eleven continue to do well, but we’ll still be thinking about how to push our frachise on mobile. Mobile devices will have the task of bringing the general public into the world of video games.

A truly epochal turning point for a historic publisher like Konami: on the other hand, other famous Japanese software houses such as the one already mentioned Nintendo, SEGA or Square-Enix they have studied similar moves, testifying to the fact that perhaps times are really changing, at least in the land of the Rising Sun.