Nintendo is doubling down on its mobile gaming strategy with a new title called "Dr. Mario World."
Details about the game are scant, but the company says it will be free to download with in-app purchases, hinting that users will probably have to purchase add-ons if they want to progress through the game.
Nintendo's 2016 mobile game "Super Mario Run" followed a similar model — the side-scrolling game was free to download but required players to pay for additional levels. At the time the move was met with a mixed reception from gamers, with only a small portion of users opting for the pay-to-play option.
Rhys Elliott, content writer for gaming research firm Newzoo, said Nintendo's tie-up with Line makes sense as the instant messaging firm has had previous successes in the mobile gaming market like "Line Bubble" and the Disney-themed game "Line: Disney Tsum Tsum."
"Nintendo's choice to get them on board for a Dr. Mario game is no surprise," Elliott told CNBC by email. "If it is a success, we expect to see similar collaborations with other genre-specialist companies in the future."
The game will be available for Android and iOS users in countries including the U.S. and Japan by the early summer, Nintendo said.