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Nintendo reportedly developing educational Android tablet

Sam Loveridge


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Nintendo is reportedly working on an Android tablet for educational games for children, but some of the classic characters will cameo.

According to a Nintendo of America software engineer by the name of Nando Monterazo, Nintendo is developing an educational Android tablet.

Monterazo published a series of tweets about the alleged Nintendo tablet, all of which have since been deleted.

“Experimenting with a tablet of Nintendo, the system is based on Android, fully modified and unified as a database of the tablet #Android”, tweeted Monterazo.

He explained that Nintendo’s tablet will be “primarily focused on schools” before adding that it is a “tablet with educational games for children with Nintendo characters.”

Monterazo added that he’s currently testing the tablet’s “communication environment”. It could well be that Nintendo is working on a child-friendly tablet similar to the Leapfrog tablets like the Leapster GS Explorer.

Nintendo could use the Wii U gamepad as the basis for its tablet design as well, perhaps a little more ruggedized for younger children to use.

However, despite the strong Nintendo ties, it seems the Android tablet will not run any NES, SNES or Game Boy titles.

“Many people will be wondering if games ‘NES’, ‘SNES’ or ‘Game Boy’ the tablet will not have these games, educational games only! #Tablet”.

When contacted about the rumoured educational Android tablet, Nintendo declined to offer any insights and just gave the usual rumours line as expected:

“Nintendo does not comment on rumours or speculation.”

Nintendo would also not confirm whether Monterazo is a company employee, which could validate the tablet rumour.

Such a device would be a significant move for Nintendo, which has historically resisted a move into the mobile market, despite increased pressure from investors advising Nintendo to port games to iOS and Android apps.

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