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Nintendo courting smartphone devs to Wii U

Console maker offering conversion software to app creators in effort to boost catalog

Nintendo is looking to power-up its third-party software support by reaching out to a new group of creators. According to The Japan Times, Nintendo is looking to bring smartphone developers to the Wii U.

Citing sources within Nintendo, the report said Nintendo is offering "professional-use conversion software" to app developers so they can bring their smartphone games to the Wii U. The system could benefit from a boost in software, as Nintendo last month reported weak Wii U sales as a prime reason for only posting half its projected full-year profits. The Wii U has sold 3.45 million systems to date. Nintendo had anticipated selling 4 million of the console.

While Mario has yet to show up on the App Store, Nintendo has acknowledged the increasing importance of mobile devices in the industry. Nintendo subsidiary The Pokemon Company has released a pair of Pokemon apps since 2011, with last November's iOS Pokedex app charging ¥170 for the initial app, and ¥500 for add-ons with new Pokemon.

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Latest comments (11)

Patrick Frost QA Project Monitor 3 years ago
Can we stop writing about Nintendo putting their content on mobile please? If anything, the Apps that do get made are simply an accessory to the main game, a way of never putting down the main product.

It's like saying that because Pixar licensed a Toy Story lunch box that we should all be expecting them to be going into the tupperware market. Can't we just agree that it is entirely against everything Nintendo believes in to put their IP on hardware that is made by other people. Their only foray in this area was the 3DO and I think that was enough reason for them never to do it again.
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Eric Boosman Creative Director, Dark Tonic3 years ago
Our game Attack of the Wall Street Titan has done really well on iOS, is coming to Android next week, and it will be a fantastic game on the Wii U! We're really excited about the opportunity to bring our stuff to Nintendo's platforms, I think this is awesome.
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Christian Murphy Games Programmer / Designer 3 years ago
@Patrick Frost
Wow, way to read the article...
This article is referring to them wanting to bring app developer's games to THEIR platform.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Christian Murphy on 6th May 2013 5:23pm

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Patrick Frost QA Project Monitor 3 years ago
@Christian - I did... do you not read the last paragraph?
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Rui Martins Senior Software Developer 3 years ago
@Patrick Frost
" ... Nintendo is offering "professional-use conversion software" to app developers so they can bring their smartphone games to the Wii U."

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Rui Martins on 6th May 2013 7:56pm

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Adam Campbell Producer, Hopster3 years ago
I don't think anyone read the last paragraph...

Despite the fact the article is mainly about courting smartphone developers, there is a reference to Nintendo putting content on smartphones in there. Not that I think its a big deal.
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Paul Jace Merchandiser 3 years ago
Their only foray in this area was the 3DO and I think that was enough reason for them never to do it again.
@Patrick--You mean the CD-i. Nintendo never released anything on the 3DO.
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Andy Samson QA Supervisor, Digital Media Exchange3 years ago
"While Mario has yet to show up on the App Store, Nintendo has acknowledged the increasing importance of mobile devices in the industry. Nintendo subsidiary The Pokemon Company has released a pair of Pokemon apps since 2011, with last November's iOS Pokedex app charging ¥170 for the initial app, and ¥500 for add-ons with new Pokemon."

That will never happen, not on Iwata's watch. He will commit Seppuku first before letting their "real" games get released on the 'App Store".

Gamefreak is a second party developer, they remain independent but they have publishing agreements with Nintendo. This is why they were able to release Pokemon (3 games so far) with "limited content" for SEGA's console the PICO. they're not a "full blown Pokemon games" and Nintendo does not see the PICO as a threat. The game is merely for edutainment.

Nintendo has already created their own "App" store called the eShop. Nintendo's never going to be publishing any of their games in any other store. Nintendo is more likely to create a gaming system that also functions like a smartphone because this is where their handheld is headed. The next nintendo handheld will be able to make calls and send sms like any mobile phone and more.
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Yiannis Koumoutzelis Founder & Creative Director, Neriad Games3 years ago
For one of the games i am working on right now, the intention is to go first on Windows Phone and iOS, then wiiU. So it is a good idea ;)
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Yiannis Koumoutzelis Founder & Creative Director, Neriad Games3 years ago
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Patrick Frost QA Project Monitor 3 years ago
@ Paul - Ah thanks for the correction. Never had a chance to play either system so thankfully didn't get to endure what I've heard is a horrible experience.
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