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Pokemon-mania justifies Nintendo's mobile shift

Investors have big expectations that app will open new chapter in firm's future growth

Pokemon Go hasn't even been released in Japan yet, but Nintendo's shares have surged in response to the app's sizzling debut.


WITH Pokemon-mania sweeping the planet, Nintendo's nascent shift into mobile gaming has proved a massive hit, vindicating the Japanese videogame giant's decision to unshackle itself from a long-standing consoles-only policy.

Since its release last week, smartphone game...