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According to Reuters, Japanese news organization Nikkei announced today that Microsoft would start releasing some of its Xbox and PC games to both iOS and Android later this year. The news comes on the announcement of a licensing agreement with Japanese software development company Klab, who'll be in charge of bringing the software to smartphones. Somewhat amusingly, Microsoft's own Windows Phone operating system wasn't included in the announcement.
Reuters states that the popular strategy game Age of Empires (released in 1997) will be the first game to make its way to the systems, although it'll be converted to free-to-play in alignment with the legion of its derivative strategy cousins on iOS and Facebook. Many different iterations of the popular franchise have appeared on Mac OS, the Nintendo DS, and the PC proper, but this marks its first appearance on smartphones. It's worth noting that the iPad wasn't mentioned in the announcement, although hopefully that was simply a consequence of the report's brevity.
All of which begs the question: c'mon, Nintendo, is an iOS version of Super Mario Bros. or The Legend of Zelda really so much to ask?
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