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Sony to release six smartphone games to accelerate mobile drive

TOKYO: Japan's Sony Corp  will release as many as six smartphone games in the next financial year, hoping that its own gaming franchises can replicate the success of console rival Nintendo's Pokemon GO. The upcoming titles will free up some of Sony's popular gaming franchises, such as Everybody's Golf, from PlayStation consoles to make them available on Apple Inc's iOS and Google's Android mobile platforms. An aggressive push into the rapidly growing segment is seen as a necessity for Sony as its games unit has emerged…