Nintendo and DeNA to establish joint venture company

Nintendo has announced the establishment of a joint venture company with mobile games company DeNA scheduled for April 3, 2023.

DeNA co-developed and handles the service infrastructure and Nintendo Account integration for multiple Nintendo titles available on iOS and Android devices, including Super Mario Run, Fire Emblem Heroes, Animal Crossing: Pocket Campand Mario Kart Tour.

With the objective to strengthen the digitalization of Nintendo’s business, the joint venture company will research and develop, as well as create “value-added services” to further reinforce Nintendo’s relationship with consumers.

Get the full press release below.

1. The Objective of Establishing a Joint Venture

With the integrated hardware-software model at the core of its business, Nintendo also strives to provide enhanced experience and service outside of its dedicated gaming system. In order to provide this experience in a holistic manner, Nintendo is working to maintain and expand its relationship with consumers primarily through Nintendo Account.

As part of this effort, Nintendo entered a business and capital alliance with DeNA in 2015 and has collaborated to develop and operate the new core system centered around Nintendo Account since then.

Based on the expertise accumulated over the seven plus years and the experience of co-developing multiple services based on Nintendo Account, Nintendo and DeNA will advance their partnership and establish a joint venture company. With the objective to strengthen the digitalization of Nintendo’s business, the joint venture company will research and develop, as well as create value-added services to further reinforce Nintendo’s relationship with consumers.

2. Overview of the Joint Venture Company (Specified Subsidiary)

  • Name: Nintendo Systems Co., Ltd.
  • Location: Tokyo
  • Representative Title and Name: Representative Director and President Tetsuya Sasaki
  • Business: Research and development, as well as operations to strengthen the digitalization of Nintendo’s business, in addition to the creation of value-added services.
  • Capital: 5 billion yen
  • Date of Foundation: April 3, 2023 (scheduled)
  • Tax Term: Ends in March
  • Capital Contribution Ratio:
    • Nintendo Co., Ltd.: 80%
    • DeNA Co., Ltd.: 20%
  • Relationship between Nintendo and Nintendo Systems:
    • Capital Relationship: Nintendo Systems will become a subsidiary of Nintendo, which will contribute 80% of the capital.
    • Personnel Relationship: A few officers and employees of Nintendo will concurrently serve the directors of Nintendo Systems.
    • Business Relationship: Nintendo will entrust to Nintendo Systems, the development and operation of services to strengthen the digitalization of Nintendo’s business.

(Note: The establishment of this joint venture company is subject to all necessary approvals, including those required by the competition laws of countries.)

3. Overview of the Joint Venture Partner

  • Name: DeNA Co., Ltd.
  • Location: 2-24-12 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
  • Representative Title and Name: President & CEO Shingo Okamura
  • Business: Game business, live streaming business, sports business, healthcare and medical business, new businesses and others.
  • Capital: 10,397 billion yen
  • Date of Foundation: March 4, 1999
  • Major Shareholders and Shareholding Ratio (as of March 31, 2022):
    • Tomoko Namba: 16.70%
    • The Master Trust Bank of Japan, Ltd. (Trust Account): 14.61%
    • Nintendo Co., Ltd.: 12.72%
    • Custody Bank of Japan, Ltd. (Trust Account): 5.20%
  • Relationship between Nintendo and DeNA
    • Capital Relationship: cross-holdings
    • Personnel Relationship: Not applicable
    • Business Relationship: Nintendo and DeNA jointly develop and operate game apps for smart devices, and Nintendo entrusts DeNA with the joint development and operation of membership services for various devices.
    • Applicability to Related Parties: Not applicable

4. Schedule

  • Date of Resolution by the Board of Directors: November 8, 2022
  • Date of Establishment of the Joint Venture Company: April 3, 2023 (scheduled)

(Note: The establishment of this joint venture company is subject to all necessary approvals, including those required by the competition laws of countries.)

5. Future Outlook

The establishment of this joint venture company will have no effect on Nintendo’s results for this fiscal year. The effects it will have on future results will be incorporated into financial forecasts from the next term onwards.

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