Nintendo has developed an app for mobile devices that lets users play and share video games, the latest step in Nintendo’s push to create a console-like digital gaming ecosystem.
The app, which is free and available for Android, iOS, Windows and Mac OS X, has been in development for about six months.
It was announced on Thursday.
“Nintendo is excited to announce the availability of a free Nintendo App on Android, iPhone and Mac,” the company said in a statement.
“The Nintendo App allows Nintendo fans to enjoy the amazing Nintendo Entertainment System games, games that are still in development, and new games that Nintendo is launching this year.
This app is designed for gamers, and the user experience is very much like the Nintendo Entertainment system itself.”
Nintendo is also launching a new version of its N64 emulator called Nintendo64, a tool that allows users to play and edit games.
“The Nintendo 64 emulator is a powerful tool for gamers to make the games they want to play, and for developers to create their next game,” said John Smedley, chief executive of Nintendo of America.
“As we continue to expand the Nintendo eShop and launch new titles, we’ll continue to provide new features and services to Nintendo fans that make their games more enjoyable.”
Nintendo launched the Nintendo 64 in 1994 and made it the first Nintendo console to feature a touchscreen and a gamepad.
Since then, Nintendo has released more than 50 games, including its iconic Super Mario Bros. games, as well as popular games like Pokémon, Metroid and Zelda.