Nintendo won't develop smartphone games - Report

Despite Pokemon Android and iOS app, Nintendo spokesperson Yasuhiro Minagawa says Japanese game giant will only ever make games for its own systems.

by

With the nearly 200 million iOS devices sold, and some 500,000 Android devices being activated every single day, smartphones have a user base that dwarfs even that of the mighty DS. Despite that, Nintendo is not going develop games for those platforms any time soon.

Don't expect Nintendo to make smartphone games.

Earlier this week, there was speculation that Nintendo would be entering the smartphone game sector, when the Pokemon Company announced its plans to bring an official Pokemon app to iOS and Android devices. However, Nintendo spokesperson Yasuhiro Minagawa explained that Nintendo only owns a minority stake (32 percent) of the Pokemon Company, and that it remains an independent studio.

Minagawa recently told Bloomberg that the company's strategy to develop games only for first-party hardware "hasn't changed and won't change."

This news comes just a day after Nielsen released a study that found that games are the most popular application type on smartphones, outpacing weather, social networking, and navigation apps.

Discussion

91 comments
alfaresalasmar
alfaresalasmar

[This message was deleted at the request of a moderator or administrator]

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

@robx360 And Nintendo didn't publish or develop ANY of those.

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

@robx360 Pleeeaaasee for the love of God, just stop. By now it should be painfully obvious that its impossible to sound intelligent in the "superiority" debate, so just suck it up. This is a nintendo article for god's sake...

robx360
robx360

@buying1999 How is 360 superior to ps3? Wii U has not even been released yet. My opinion is that it will be an epic fail. The Wii sold because little jimmy got one. Then his parents got one. His grandma convinced the nursing home to get one. If you could actually see how many was sold to traditional gamers then Wii would be last. I love the 360. It is not superior the the PS3. They are very similar. Two great systems that gamers play. Your grandma isn't play gears or uncharted. She is playing wii sports.

robx360
robx360

@Jedilink109 Actually the original Mario Bros. was released for atari. Also Zelda has appeared on the phillips cd-i.

Flint247
Flint247

That's what DSiware and 3DSware are for.

Decrate
Decrate

its a smart move to protect their hardware if they started releasing all their games on the iphone and androids, no one would buy a ds or 3ds anymore cuz who wants to carry 2 gaming devices all the time?

zaiwen
zaiwen

Its a no brainer alright?! Its not like 200m ios users & 500k android users will buy a ninty game on their devices.. Besides Ninty is adamant & totally against cheap games for less.. Compared to a full size game at premium price that everyone is willing to pay for.. The day Ninty will develop games for smartphones & sell it for $0.99 or even at $9.99 will be the end of days

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

Why would ANYONE ever think Nintendo is going to start making games for hardware they don't create? They never have...

MuffintopX
MuffintopX

Games being the most popular app is not surprising. You download 1 navigation app, 1 or 2 social networking apps, then many games. It's a no brainer stat but still fun to see.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

I pay for games on my smartphone, but most of my other apps are free (with a few exceptions). I don't get to play the games much, but some of them (Dead Space, Dungeon Hunters II, Infinity Blade) has good gameplay and decent graphics. While I still prefer PSP or DS for mobile gaming, it's nice to have some decent games to play on a device that I always have with me.

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

@elvato87 The Pokemon Company doesn't make the Pokemon games. Game Freak develops the main games as Nintendo publishes them.

buying1999
buying1999

Nintendo doesn't have to develop smartphone software or even try and develop a smart phone device because they are trumping everyone in the gaming market. The making tons of money all ready and focusing they're energies on their core business ds and Wii/Wii U. Sony could take some advice from them. With both 360 and Wii U being VASTLY SUPERIOR pieces of hardware, Sony had better get it's act together and get a better piece of hardware to market quick before this starts go to get embarrassing.

zaiwen
zaiwen

its simple, with WiiU whose controller resembles that of a tablet... i dont see the logic behind developing games on smartphones.. then again as long as Ninty wont develop games on dumb phones, then its all good

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

@ toddx77 Yeah it's all about hype."Oh boy!,iPads!iPhones!Gotta have it! NEED it!That commercial was right! I AM dying without that app!" The same thing happens with every technology.HD TVs were made such a big deal out of that people would spend 2 to 5 grand on a TV that you can now get for $500-$700 bucks. Everyone was obsessed with Blu-ray when it first came out."Oh there's simply no other way to watch movies anymore!"They're still pushing it,but it's not taking off quite as big as they'd hoped due to the expense of the players and the fact that some movies need an update before they can be played.Not to mention the sleezy ideas they hope to add to it soon.There is talk of making it so your Blu-ray will only function in the player it was first used in,so you can't share one disc with your friends. But anyway,that's new tech for you.As I said,I'm glad Nintendo is keeping it real.

ForsakenWicked
ForsakenWicked

I think this is a good decision by Nintendo. After all, they must support their own products.

leeko_link
leeko_link

Nintendo only produced the Pokemon games, the Pokemon Company on the other hands produced other products like Pokemon cartoons, DVD, manga, apps, toys, etc.

erik92133
erik92133

[This message was deleted at the request of a moderator or administrator]

tonyleo01
tonyleo01

probably don't wanna sell the games for cheap

Default_Usernam
Default_Usernam

No such thing as stupid questions... only stupid people asking questions.

Gamingclone
Gamingclone

@benjaslehi because this app will suck so much, that even DSi ware games are better. -troll face-

jadjei
jadjei

LgacyX6 yep and will go like that until Nintendo goes third party which is unlikely to happen since they got alot of money from the Wii and DS.

LgacyX6
LgacyX6

@jadjei: It's been like that for more than I think 16 years.

jadjei
jadjei

@elvato87 Pokemon can only be published by nintendo, they own the rights. Pokemon can only appear on nintendo platforms, the pokemon company can go third party but they can't release pokemon.

MagicLink95
MagicLink95

I've got an idea that's to DIE FOR! LET'S DO THE CHICKEN DANCE! But seriously, my idea is that you could just get a GBA Micro if you want the convenience. It's smartphone size, maybe smaller, and it has Nintendo games. Plus amazing third party support. By the way, (wait, who says that anymore, with everyone saying "BTW" now) who got the reference to a video at the beginning of my comment?

plaintomato
plaintomato

I kinda wish Nintendo would go the way of Sega. Well, not making suck games like Sega, but I'd love to see Nintendo's franchises on the other consoles. It's lame to need a Wii just for Mario, Zelda and friends. Actually, I just hate exclusives because they are exclusive. Actually I like exclusives because they drive competition. Actually I just don't know.

benjaslehi
benjaslehi

Why make phone games when they have the DSiWare? It's ilogic

MagicLink95
MagicLink95

@elvato87: Good point. I don't know if it's just apps that or allowed or games. On a different note, I would like to have another way of getting nintendo games. I think the Wii U will do it, seeing as how when I got my 360, I stopped playing Wii as much, and haven't used it since I got my 3DS. I don't think I'll get the next Xbox for quite a while.

CorruptGamerGX
CorruptGamerGX

Sweet! Super Mario Bros. for $0.99 *Crashes into first Goomba* FFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU Nintendo should only make games for their platforms and I would take real buttons over 'virtual buttons' anyday.

elvato87
elvato87

"Nintendo only owns a minority stake (32 percent) of the Pokemon Company, and that it remains an independent studio", so are they free to make a pokemon game for say the xbox or the vita?

toddx77
toddx77

@Wormkid_64 Your right about app games. Its sad how people will rather plays those crappy games instead of buying an actual hand held system. None of those app games will ever deliver the same kind of fun as normal games. I have final fantasy and sonic 2 for my ipad and iphone and they suck. The controls are bad and its just not the same as playing on a console or pc. I remember back in the in day if you wanted to play games on the go you had to carry a handheld with you, guess people are too lazy to do that now.

monson21502
monson21502

they wont develop 3ds games either... their too busy making 3d rehashes of old nintendo classics:P

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

I forgot to mention that I would fear they would get sucked into how easy it is to make a shallow little game that delivers more than expected for 99 cents and reap tons of money.If that happened,it could get dangerous in terms of game quality. @ chimpmeister I'm having a great time with my 3DS,so those same old jabs prove as ineffective as before. And the games are gold.Rehashes are the same thing over and over with little variation or advancement.Mario and Zelda and whatbnot always bring something new to the table.Before Mario Galaxy who would have thought of playing in a gameworld like that? Anyway go ahead and have your opinion.I'll go back to enjoying my 3DS.

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

Thank the Maker. There's an app for this,an app for that,anappforthisanappforthatanappforthianappforthat. Everyone always fails to mention that the vast majority are little things to entertain you for 30 seconds while you wait for your Chinese take-out.Don't get me wrong,game apps are fun,but when sitting around at home surrounded by my Wii,3DS,360,PC,and all my old consoles,the last thing I'm reaching for is Angry Birds or Unblock me,both of which have sat dusty in my smartphone for a long time. And I do NOT want to see Nintendo take their AAA titles and reduce them to 99 cent apps,no matter how "neat" "Angry Goombas" might sound.

xcollector
xcollector

Obviously. Nintendo is going to make Nintendo games for only Nintendo systems. Nintendo games is the only thing Nintendo systems have. If the 360/PS3 had Nintendo games on their system why would you want a Wii or WiiU? It sure won't be because of the horsepower those systems have.

bbkkristian
bbkkristian

Makes sense, Nintendo characters should stay on Nintendo systems.

Rennar
Rennar

And they shouldn't either.

Jag-T1000
Jag-T1000

Why should they? If apple wants a nintendo app they should pay nintendo. If android wants an app too, pay nintendo also. There are too many apps out there and people are going app crazy. Nintendo is smart in not getting involved.

oUNKNOWNo
oUNKNOWNo

I never expected them to develop games for smartphones anyway.

MamaLuigiBarrel
MamaLuigiBarrel

@Uberpeber I understand that, but Nintendo still gave these people the license, which is worse that making the games themselves.

J_Dangerously
J_Dangerously

With nes and snes emulators being pretty popular on android phones, Nintendo is ignoring a possibly lucrative market. I'd gladly pay $2-5 for roms if I knew they were supported by Nintendo. Until then, I'll continue paying my favorite price of $free.

Uberpeber
Uberpeber

@MamaLuigiBarrel Even though they had Nintendo characters, Nintendo didn't develop those games.

MamaLuigiBarrel
MamaLuigiBarrel

Nintendo will and has only made games for their own systems... except for those educational PC games and those godawful CDI games HELLO!

Celus93
Celus93

Good Decision Nintendo

calvinsora
calvinsora

Why would they anyway? It would make no sense to spread their quality to platforms not owned by themselves. Pokemon isn't even developed by Nintendo, so that's not much of an indication of them moving to another platform.

esfuerzo31
esfuerzo31

I can see the point of the majority here but i'm sure it wouldn't hurt to make some games for the iphone or such. I don't know for sure, but i think there are at least two different audiences (for a lack of a better word) that are involved here and practically only one's p.o.v. is present here, which is youths that have either sony or nintendo handhelds. There's a very different audience (laymen to normal video gaming)that play games on the iphone. Plus, there are a few good games that are out on the iphone such as chaos rings, and its two sequels which has been rated a better story than FF XIII by some, wiki it. Imo i think nintendo should make games on the smartphones because i'm sure they could diabolically make games with little investment and reap a huge investment. But then again, nintendo has been kinda off in its decisions lately (past decade or so) culminating with their plans not to release some of the best looking jrps to N. America thus loosing out on a lot of profits ...go operation rainfall!

decoy1978
decoy1978

Why would Nintendo go mobile gaming? They already have a 3DS and that seems to be getting stronger. The last thing they should do is go into cell-phone gaming. Also there are Apps for Android/Iphone that allows you to play SNES games on it.. the technology is already there. If its about new games... I'd rather they focus on the technology they already have to make it better!

chimpmeister
chimpmeister

The 3DS is so underpowered in terms of hardware, it isn't funny. The top screen is only 3.53" (too small) and only gives you 400x240 (per eye) in resolution. Compare that to the Droid X which has a 4.3" screen and 854x480 resolution (or the Droid X2 which has 960x540 on a 4.3" screen). In other words, Nintendo is again using low-tech outdated hardware in a brand new console, which is pretty typical of how they operate. The Vita is going to blow away the 3DS when it comes out, so why would anyone bother with the outdated tech on the 3DS? No point, the 3D is a gimmick (and an annoying one at that), and the handheld is really not well designed in just about every other way. Plus the same old rehashed games over and over again, Mario, Zelda, weak online store, etc.