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Square Enix hooks up with NTT DoCoMo for mobile gaming

Japanese publishing giant Square Enix has thrown its not insubstantial weight behind the mobile gaming market in the Far East, with the announcement that it is set to develop a range of its RPG franchises for mobile handsets.

Working in partnership with telecommunications company NTT DoCoMo, which owns the i-Mode standard widely used in Japan (and now rolled out in parts of Europe), Square Enix plans to bring games from the Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy series, among others, to mobile platforms.

The i-Mode platform is capable of running some quite high end games, but the first Square Enix productions will be 2D titles using SNES-era graphics and drawing on the company's back catalogue of hugely successful 2D RPGs.

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