UPDATE: Following earlier rumours, Nintendo has issued a statement outlining it has “no plans” to put its software on smartphones.
The Japanese gaming giant is sticking to its guns and has confirmed it will not be putting its games in smartphone app stores any time soon, regardless of the rumours.
Earlier, it was tipped by a Japanese newspaper that Nintendo could offer game demos in the format of smartphone apps to entice new customers to buy its hardware like the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.
“Nikkei’s article contains information previously stated by Mr Iwata during past press conferences, including statements which relate to Nintendo’s willingness to make use of smart devices to promote our products,” reads Nintendo’s latest statement.
“However, during such past announcements Mr Iwata has also stated that Nintendo’s intention is not to make Nintendo software available on smart devices, and as such, we can confirm that there are no plans to offer minigames on smartphone devices.”
Nintendo is set to start making small game demos for smartphone platforms at some point this year, according to a fresh report from Japan.
According to the country’s Nikkei newspaper, Android and iOS smartphones will be used as a platform for advertising Nintendo hardware and software.
One form this will take will be videos of games in action, probably through an official Nintendo app. But more intriguingly, it will also include playable snippets of these games.
To be clear, the suggestion here would involve a lot more than the little marketing experiments Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime spoke about in December. These would be actual demos of full Nintendo games, all playable on your smartphone.
Naturally, the idea would be to push you to purchase Nintendo hardware, which would be the only place you could get the full game experience. Still, the idea of being able to play any of Nintendo’s major releases on non-Nintendo hardware is unheard of.
The report claims that this demo or mini-game content would be completely free, and that Nintendo is not looking make any money directly from smartphone platforms as yet.
According to the report, Nintendo will make an official announcement concerning these smartphone plans on Thursday, when it’s set to brief investors in the wake of recent catastrophic earnings figures.
It’s a million miles away from Nintendo becoming a third party game developer, but those wishing to see Nintendo games appearing on Sony and Microsoft consoles may view this as the first step along that path.
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