Skip to main content

Tencent wants to make console games with Nintendo characters for U.S., Europe

Tencent, as part of its partnership with Nintendo, is hoping to make console games with Nintendo characters in its bid to expand from China into the United States and Europe.

Tencent and Nintendo were at ChinaJoy 2019, the largest gaming and digital entertainment expo in Asia, in August to unveil the strategy for releasing the Nintendo Switch into China. The partnership, first revealed in April, will see Tencent take charge in localizing Nintendo’s presence in China, which includes translating certain Nintendo Switch titles such as Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild into simplified Chinese, and setting up local servers for Nintendo Switch Online.

A Wall Street Journal report, however, reveals that Tencent is looking to further leverage its partnership with Nintendo beyond bringing its massively successful hybrid console into China, as the company seeks to expand from China and target gamers in the U.S. and Europe.

“We hope to create console games with Nintendo characters, and learn the essence of making console games from Nintendo engineers,” a Tencent official, who asked to remain anonymous, told the Wall Street Journal. The long-term benefit of such a project will be the chance to learn from Nintendo on how to win over gamers in the U.S. and European markets, as Tencent failed to do so with Arena of Valor.

Tencent, the largest video game company in the world in terms of revenue, is certainly no stranger to collaborations in video game development. It teamed up with Bluehole to create PUBG Mobile,  the iOS and Android version of pioneering battle royale shooter PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, launching the game China before rolling out to North America and the rest of the world. Tencent is also working with Riot Games for League of Legends: Wild Rift, the mobile version of the popular MOBA League of Legends, which is set to launch sometime in 2020.

It remains to be seen if Tencent’s plan to make console games with Nintendo characters, presumably for the Nintendo Switch, comes to fruition. If Nintendo does indeed allow Tencent to tap into its stable of popular franchises, it is unclear what role it will play if such a project proceeds.

Nintendo, meanwhile, is seeing its own opportunities in expanding into China, as according to the Wall Street Journal, it has asked outside developers to make games targeting young women such as romance games, which have a following in the Asian country.

Editors' Recommendations

Aaron Mamiit
Aaron received a NES and a copy of Super Mario Bros. for Christmas when he was 4 years old, and he has been fascinated with…
The best Nintendo Switch shooter games
Samus from promo art for Metroid Prime Remastered.

While the Nintendo Switch system is home to a variety of family games, platformers, and puzzlers, it also has a lengthy list of shooters. These range from third-person online shooters, to first-person single-player campaigns, and everything in between. Some are realistic, others are sci-fi, and some even blur the lines between genres.

But with so many options, it's easy to be overwhelmed. In this list, we'll go over the best shooters on Nintendo's latest platform.

Read more
Nintendo Switch Game Vouchers: how they work and eligible games
Link stands near allied humans and Gorons in Tears of the Kingdom.

After disappearing from the store in 2019, Nintendo Switch Game Vouchers have returned to the eShop. These vouchers are a great value to those who are active Switch users and purchase a lot of their games digitally via the Nintendo online shop. By purchasing a voucher, players are able to browse a constantly expanding selection of Switch games, including many high-profile first-party titles such as Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, Splatoon 3, and The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, and use their vouchers to purchase games. In addition, they can also be used to preorder upcoming titles.

If you never had the chance to use them before, here's everything you need to know about Nintendo Switch Game Vouchers.
How Nintendo Switch Vouchers work

Read more
Nintendo Switch 2: 5 features we want in the next-gen console
Prime Day Nintendo Switch Deals

Rumors of a Nintendo Switch 2 (or Switch Pro) have been circulating for years.  Whispers of the next-gen Nintendo console first started when The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom was first teased in 2019, gained steam when the Switch OLED launched in 2021, and are increasing now that the standard Switch has been out for six years.

There's no doubt that the Nintendo Switch is a fantastic console -- it has a unique and impressive game library (with more upcoming games slated for this year), the number of features included with Nintendo Switch Online is constantly improving, and it's still our favorite portable console -- but it isn't without its flaws. There's enough room for improvement that would warrant an entirely new console in the near future. Nintendo recently announced that we won't see a Switch upgrade in the next fiscal year, meaning the absolute earliest we get a look at a new Nintendo console would be in late 2024.

Read more