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Nintendo denies report of going mobile

Mario maker says there are no plans for minigames on smartphone devices

Nintendo has denied a Nikkei report that it will be moving into mobile gaming by developing demos and minigames as a way of marketing its Wii U and 3DS titles. The company issued the following statement saying as much to Engadget.

"Nikkei's article contains information previously stated by [Nintendo president] Mr. [Satoru] Iwata during past press conferences, including statements which relate to Nintendo's willingness to make use of smart devices to promote our products," the company said. "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."

Nikkei had originally reported that a new mobile strategy would be announced at a Nintendo investor's briefing this Thursday. The paper reported that Nintendo plans to deliver news and video clips of games to smartphone users, as well as free minigames and demos that would convince players to buy the full games for Nintendo hardware.

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Rick Lopez Illustrator, Graphic Designer 2 years ago
They never said they were going mobile... so i dont undrstand the people claiming that they are. Advertising games through mobile and developing games for mobile are two differant things.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Rick Lopez on 28th January 2014 7:01pm

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Christopher Ingram Editor-at-Large, Digitally Downloaded2 years ago
@Rick Nikkei has been a reliable source in the past, but I'm afraid that there possibly was some sort of translation error with the original post, especially in the regards of Wii U/3DS demos making their way onto smart phones.

I do, however, expect to see Nintendo tap into mobile with some sort of "Nintendo" app, that allows people to view trailers of upcoming games, grants access to wallpapers and the likes thereof.

The real question is - why doesn't every platform holder and publisher have these types of apps on the mobile markets already?

Edited 2 times. Last edit by Christopher Ingram on 29th January 2014 2:11pm

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John Pickford Owner, Zee 32 years ago
Is there any tangible benefit to making an app like that? Why would I (as a Nintendo fan) bother downloading what amounts to little more than an advert?

Maybe there's milage in companion apps for the bigger titles (Pokemon etc.).
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Paul Jace Merchandiser 2 years ago
And absolutely nobody is surprised....except for a few analyst.
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