The Chinese giant wants to "build console games with Nintendo characters" while learning "the essence of making console games from Nintendo engineers." This does not necessarily mean that it will continue because Nintendo is notorious for protecting its culture and intellectual property in order to preserve the experience for gamers.
On the one hand, the partnership is plausible, as Tencent and Nintendo have already done so with a business collaboration that began earlier this year. The pair has teamed up with the intention to sell the switch in China, where consoles (and games in general) are tightly regulated. But despite the promises to bring the console to stores, there was little actual movement, mainly due to regulatory hurdles.
And Nintendo has taken cautious steps to enable others to play with their toys, especially when China is involved. Some Wii and GameCube games have been released in China for NVIDIA Shield, including New Super Mario Bros (Wii) and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess . Similarly, Nintendo has developed games with developer DeNa, including Super Mario Run . Not to mention that Ubisoft has allowed Mario + Rabbid's
to reach tencent's position of power in the gaming industry, and it's also compelling as it's the highest grossing gaming house in the world. This is mainly due to investments in publishers and developers with a large US presence, including Riot Games, Epic Games, Activision Blizzard, PUBG Corp., Ubisoft, Supercell and Miniclip.
But There Can Also be Many Reasons Tencent's hopes are dashed, especially since Nintendo is unlikely to allow a potential competitor to learn his secret sauce. Tencent's own games are aimed at Chinese audiences, who mainly use PCs or phones instead of consoles.
These titles are often excuses to deter users for their money. After all, WSJ cited another official saying Tencent would not be porting Nintendo games to China because "Nintendo games are not designed to make people pay a lot of money."