THERE'S a very real chance the Mario Bros. will soon show up on your smartphone. Nintendo announced yesterday that it is striking a partnership with DeNA, a Japanese company that owns a popular mobile gaming platform.

It's a somewhat surprising move for Nintendo; the company's politely insisted that it would make games only for its own devices such as the Nintendo Wii U and 3DS lines.

But, according to a statement, the company now says that "all Nintendo IP will be eligible for development and exploration by the alliance," meaning that all Nintendo characters should be on the table, from Mario to Zelda.