"Nintendo levels up with mobile apps and the 'NX' system"
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Nintendo levels up with mobile apps and the 'NX' system
Mario's next adventure could be on your smart phone.
I'm Bridget Carey this is your CNet Update.
Then Hanzo will be making games for your smart phone.
The company announced that it's working with Wavein provider called DeNA to bring Nintendo games to Android and IOS devices.
Nintendo also announced there will be a new type of game system coming.
It's codenamed NX.
Now this shift to apps marks a major step in Nintendo's history.
Taking carefully guarded, iconic franchises like Mario and Zelda and setting them free on non-Nintendo systems.
Now this specific game has been announced.
But there are some important things to keep in mind here.
Nintendo also said it's launching a new membership service.
You may need to be a member to get full access to games on your smartphone or tablet.
The new game system called NX is described as an entirely new concept.
It could be hardware that you'll want to purchase to enhance your mobile app.
After all, Nintendo needs to still give you a reason to buy its machines.
Mobile games are expected to exceed consoles as the largest game market.
So, Nintendo is making small moves to adapt to the trend and let's not forget.
Nintendo at its roots knows mobile gaming very well.
Switching gears a bit, Apple is in the news again for working on a streaming television service.
This time, The Wall Street Journal reports the Apple service could have about 25 channels, including major networks like ABC, CBS, and Fox.
But it has yet to make a deal with NBC.
The report goes on to say that this would be announced in June for a September release.
And it could cost between $30 to $40 a month.
Of course, Apple isn't alone.
The movement towards streaming live television over the internet has been progressing slowly.
Dish's Sling TV is $20 a month for about 20 channels now.
The service just expanded to include the History Channel and Lifetime in the base package.
Sony also has a similar standalone streaming service called PlayStation Vue.
It lets you watch TV without the traditional cable box.
It will bundle about 75 channels when it launches on PlayStation consoles, but you will need to have a strong Internet connection to stream all this, of course.
And a few other security tidbits before we end.
Google is now reviewing Android apps before they hit the store for you to download.
Google is doing this to crack down on bad apps and malware in the app marketplace.
Apple does something similar.
You'll also notice that Google is now attaching age ratings to app listings.
And Microsoft announced that Windows 10, which is coming later this year.
Will have a new biometric security feature called WindowsHello.
It replaces passwords so you can unlock the computer by scanning your face, your fingerprint or your iris.
That's your tech news update and you can stay updated at cnet.com.
From our studios in New York I'm Bridget Carey.
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