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Nintendo is "experimenting" with iOS apps

Sam Loveridge



Nintendo has confirmed it is experimenting with some iOS apps, something fans have wanted to see for quite some time.

Although the Nintendo 3DS and the company’s other handheld consoles are selling well, consumers are opting not to buy them because they already own a perfectly adequate mobile gaming device in their phone or tablet.

Critics have often suggested that Nintendo should branch out into iOS apps, which could help the company earn some more money.

It seems this is already a plan for the Japanese gaming giant, as Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime said Nintendo is “experimenting” with the iOS mobile platform.

“We recognise that there are a lot of smartphones and tablets out there, and so what we’re doing is we’re being very smart in how we use these devices as marketing tools for our content,” said Fils-Aime during an interview

Before you get too excited, it doesn’t seem Nintendo will be launching full Nintendo games on iOS, but rather marketing tie-ins featuring your favourite Nintendo characters.

“We’re also doing a lot of experimentation of what I would call the little experiences you can have on your smartphone and tablet that will drive you back to your Nintendo hardware. It’s largely going to be much more marketing activity-orientated, but we’ve done little things where there’s some element of gameplay – a movement, a shaking, something like that.”

You might be able to expect a Nintendo themed endless runner or other such content. It doesn’t seem like Nintendo will ever directly port Zelda or Mario games to iOS or Android.

“We believe our games are best played and best enjoyed on our devices and so the full game play will only be on Nintendo devices.”

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Via: King 5 News


December 19, 2013, 11:49 am



December 19, 2013, 12:22 pm

The mistake Sega made was releasing one console too many. The Saturn was forgivable, but the writing was on the wall well before the Dreamcast was released as it is with Nintendo. They would be in a much better position now if they had become a multi platform software house earlier.

Nintendo could make great tablet games and charge a high price for them. My kids I am sure would love to play Mario on the iPad. I won't be buying a Wii U or a handheld for them and I don't think they would want them even if they knew they existed or what Mario or Zelda was. I seriously wouldn't bet against Rovio being a bigger company than Nintendo in 5 years time.


December 19, 2013, 1:23 pm

When your profits come from software, it might be good to sell software...


December 19, 2013, 2:30 pm

This is not something fans have wanted to see for quite some time. It's something people who don't own or don't want to buy Nintendo consoles have wanted to see for quite some time. Fans just want them to release more games for the systems they already have.


December 19, 2013, 3:43 pm

What depressing sentiment. There is a real and genuine market for handhelds, for people who like gaming on dedicated devices. smartphones are only good for a select range of games due to the lack of input. I really dont think that those who seriously gamed on handhelds gave them up in favour of smartphones.

As for the comments here on this article with the exception of DarthDave there are some serious lack of knowledge here its shocking!

1 Nintendos business is to make money from consoles and software. Nintendo made profit on every wii sold unlike the 360 and PS3 which took yrs to break even. The wii U to my knowledge is the only exception to this model.

2. The wii was one of the best selling consoles of its generation and the DS and 3DS are massive hits so why should Nintendo jump ship (they are not sega by any means)

3 having their own platforms means they take 100% profit from inhouse software and they get a cut from 3rd parties. Multi platform means they would pay out to apple, sony and microsoft. .

4. If anyone here thinks that they could complete the special worlds of mario Land 3ds on any iphone or android device then you know nothing about computer games.

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