Nintendo looking to bring mini-games to smartphones - Report

Update: Nintendo shoots down the report.

Update:

Nintendo has said to GameSpot that it has "no plans" to offer mini-games on smartphone devices. "We can confirm that we have not made any new announcements or disclosed the contents of the Corporate Management Policy Briefing which will be held in Japan on 30th January 2014," said a Nintendo spokesperson.

"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."

"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 mini-games on smartphone devices."

"We will share the materials from Mr Iwata's Corporate Management Policy Briefing in English when his presentation is finished."

Original story: Japanese newspaper Nikkei (via Kotaku) has reported that Nintendo is working on getting their legendary stable of characters onto smartphones, which would presumably mean iPhone and Android.

Nintendo will use the smartphone market to deliver trailers and information for upcoming games, according to Nikkei. This suggests some kind of Nintendo-based companion application, with the report also saying that Nintendo would use smartphones to give out more detailed information--such as character information--about its upcoming and current titles.

The Nikkei article also mentions that Nintendo will use smartphones to deliver free mini-games, and that Nintendo will formally announce it plans during its earnings report tomorrow. Presumably these mini-games would be designed to whet the appetite for the full version of the software, with players than encouraged to purchase the game on 3DS or 2DS.

GameSpot has asked Nintendo for comment.

Last year Nintendo launched a browser version of its Wii U (and now 3DS) social community Miiverse, which was a rare example of the company making its content available outside of its own platforms.

Nintendo has recently mentioned using phones and other devices to promote the company. "We are thinking about a new business structure," Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata said at a press conference last week, following the company's financial reports. "Given the expansion of smart devices, we are naturally studying how smart devices can be used to grow the game-player business".

"The way people use their time, their lifestyles, who they are--have changed," the Nintendo boss said in another view. "If we stay in one place, we will become outdated."

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175 comments
Kim E. Salinas
Kim E. Salinas

mmm ok. but smartphones change rapidly over the years or even just 3 months there will be a new upgraded one. so you think a company like nintendo can catch up if there will be a better phone before they upgrade their handheld console that took more than 4 years

Sepp Eichinnger
Sepp Eichinnger

gaming on 3ds is much better than on smartphone for me ;)

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

The title, along with the update and the following news is idiotic.  How about posting the title as rumor, or just apologize for the misinformation?

Aentik Sparda Tendo
Aentik Sparda Tendo

THAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANKS!!!!!!! u did urselves a great Epic life favor!!!! now more Tatsunoko vs Capcom 2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Stefan Rheaume
Stefan Rheaume

smartphones are horrible for gaming! tilt the phone to turn,,,whaaaaat

John Thebault
John Thebault

Its ok, years from now I bet someone will say what ever happened to Nintendo.

Sepp Eichinnger
Sepp Eichinnger

I agree. nintendo has a own category, but a superior one. the wiiU is much better and more fun than those boring graphic updates named ps4 and xbox1

Paul Smith
Paul Smith

I own an Android and my older sister has an iPhone and we both hate playing games on them. Perhaps if they made the screens a bit bigger mobile gaming would have more appeal but IMO if things stay the way they are with phones then mobile gaming won't be taking off anytime soon.

Paul Smith
Paul Smith

Lol idiots on this post. "Good because I wouldn't buy it... They would sell more consoles and games if they made some mature content and expanded their market past the kiddy zone. I want gore, titties and drugs!" Jeremy Smith you are the biggest idiot here by far.

Paul Smith
Paul Smith

Eric i couldn't agree more. I own all systems too and it just gets on my nerves the way idiots like this hate on something when they haven't even tried it at all.

Jeremy Smith
Jeremy Smith

Good because I wouldn't buy it... They would sell more consoles and games if they made some mature content and expanded their market past the kiddy zone. I want gore, titties and drugs!

Daniel Urbina
Daniel Urbina

Oh good we can get more crap consoles, sounds like a plan

Eric Smith
Eric Smith

The Wii U is a fine console. It's not Nintendo's fault the game community is full of a bunch of ignorant toolboxes who just like to jump on the Nintendo hate train. Being a fan of all games and consoles in general gives you a great perspective of all the ignorance plaguing the gaming community like a cancer these days.

Seamon A. Kang
Seamon A. Kang

Alright Nintendo mk8. Full steam ahead let's go lD

Ezgar Navi Ezpinoza
Ezgar Navi Ezpinoza

James Capper calling videogames Drugs dont be hating am just fluffy just ask pikachu i mean shrek that's not it either GABRIEL EeeeGLESIAS. Dont be a menace while drinking your juice in south central Marlon Wayans catch Haunted House 2 next march and quit hating now that's whatzzz uppppppppppppp Scary movie. [[POW]].

Dean Jamieson
Dean Jamieson

The way it goes is: Home 'Console' gamers will play on Xbox, Playstation or Pc due to game choice. 'Every so often' gamers are happy to play on Their tablets or their phone. People who enjoy nintendo games are stuck using nintendo's hardware as they won't release on any other hardware. So anyone who wants to play mario, pokemon, zelda, metroid, donkey kong has to buy their system. Nintendo are very nasty on their customers by making then buy a new system for their promised games, then leave them with very little choice of games to play. Can't see nintendo lasting much longer if they keep their business plan going the way they are currently.

Derek Garrison
Derek Garrison

Meanwhile... "Nintendo’s 3DS handheld gaming machine was the best selling hardware device in the U.S. last year and in December, the company said citing NPD data. The company said Jan. 10 it sold more than 16 million combined packaged and digital 3DS games in 2013, a 45 percent increase over 2012 sales." (Bloomberg, 1/17/14)

Matt Green
Matt Green

They should tap into the mobile market. Forever Nintendos strongest market domination has been handheld, but they are yet to move to the mobile platform that everyone keeps in their pockets. If they released content on Android or Iphone they could reap some serious benefits. I doubt they will ever do that however, because they prefer to have their own platform and I doubt they will make a Nintedo Phone lol.

Owen 'Junior' Watson
Owen 'Junior' Watson

I hope they pull something out of the bag soon, it would be terrible if Nintendo were to fade away.

Robert Grubb
Robert Grubb

Because making money isnt what they do apparently.

Katie Lazzelle-Baily
Katie Lazzelle-Baily

If you want to play Nintendo games on your smartphone that badly just download an emulator. Enjoy those horrible touch screen controls.

Kim E. Salinas
Kim E. Salinas

Stupid nintendo. Smart phones are the future of gaming no doubt about it.

Alex McGlothlen
Alex McGlothlen

The wii u is fun but too late and not having a decent standard hard drive pisses me off. External hard drives are a pain in the ass

Luis  Duron
Luis Duron

I said Nintendo was fading away, not going bankrupt lol

Aaron Armstrong
Aaron Armstrong

...Console war? The Wii U is in its own category, bro. Nintendo's always focused on fun factor. That's why I've been a fan of Nintendo ever since an early child. For the most part, I choose PC gaming over console games. I'll take Nintendo's console line over Microsoft's/Sony's/Sega's anyday (and yes, I mean current & previous consoles). And you're right, I do have more games than I have time to play.

Justin Roane
Justin Roane

Who are you talking about? Someone got upset?

Justin Roane
Justin Roane

Go to waste? Dude we're 5 minutes into this console war, relax. If you had more of a social life, it would seem like you had more software than you have time to play.

John Witherite
John Witherite

Wii U is awesome, if people would stop being stupid they'd realize

Benjie Repalda Baguio
Benjie Repalda Baguio

... Nice! Stop the Smart Phone Madness! Hail the Consoles! (And PC!) Hahah! =D

Ger San
Ger San

sharing 3ds library would be stupid. To save Wiiu they just need to make the over delayed mature exclusives. (Metroid against Halo for example, )

El Kamilo
El Kamilo

Everyone, and i mean EVERYONE has a phone... I think they missed out. It's like having millions on millions of customers living in your store waiting to buy something. If you lived in a store, you'd buy more game. Right? Think about that. All they need is attachable controls to the phones via usb :P

David Pratt
David Pratt

Kinda sad were losing Mario over a dispute of what we can play Mario on... Who cares what we play it on... Everything is a computer now days... Next point why do we want to have 100 devices if 1 say laptop or TV set box can do it all its about charging for content not selling us outdated boxes... (Gaming systems)

Ezgar Navi Ezpinoza
Ezgar Navi Ezpinoza

Suppose to be nintendo's last console they are calling it quits hopefully they get bought by microsoft xbox live rules also prefer the 360x1 controller over ps

Drew Wichman
Drew Wichman

I wouldn't buy Nintendo themed mini games on a phone anyway...

CeeGii Borels
CeeGii Borels

People dont want Nintendos new Lackluster games, they want to relive their childhood with the games they grew up with and introduces a new Generation to Classics 1) Make Official Gameboy, NES, N64 Emulators/Apps 2) Sell Classic Games 3) Watch the Benjamins roll in

Aaron Armstrong
Aaron Armstrong

I don't have a hatred for the Wii U or Nintendo, but it's disappointing to see such a fun console go to waste. I'm glad they've finally announced some more great games, but they should have focused more on the console than the 3DS when the Wii U launched.

Luis  Duron
Luis Duron

Yeah man these ppl are easy to get upset over nothing lol

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@gatsbythepig 

Nikkei should be the one doing that, since it's the primary source.

With that said, I would like to see you say the same at websites that you like.