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What a difference a failing console makes. Just hours after announcing severely scaled back projections for fiscal year Wii U sales and after projections of yet another fiscal year loss, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata told the audience at an Osaka press conference today that the company might look to smartphones to change up its struggling business.

 

"We are thinking about a new business structure," Iwata told the press, according to a Bloomberg News report. "Given the expansion of smart devices, we are naturally studying how smart devices can be used to grow the game-player business. It's not as simple as enabling Mario to move on a smartphone."

 

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Haha wow, amazing what a huge failure of a product does to a company, people have been telling nintendo to do this for years and only NOW do they listen, if I'm being honest though it's a bit too little too late.

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It's kinda funny that Nintendo have decided to target the smartphone as a lot of people would have preferred them to go multi-platform on the home consoles. :laugh:

 

Hopefully this change doesn't reduce the quality of their games and hopefully their games come to Windows Phone as well and not just the two popular smartphone OSes. :)

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Mmmmmmmmmm, pikmin on my s3.....

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Mmmmmmmmmm, pikmin on my s3.....

They are only supporting IOS & Windows Phone. :p:shifty:

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They are only supporting IOS & Windows Phone. :p:shifty:

no symbian support neither? :p

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no symbian support neither? :p

Sadly, no. They might support Blackberry. :p

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Could MS get some kind of exclusivity on the virtual console stuff and finally make a serious move in the Japanese market

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Sadly, no. They might support Blackberry. :p

strange, I read a mention for ios, so one could safely assume more platform support as it would maximise the exposure of their games.

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strange, I read a mention for ios, so one could safely assume more platform support as it would maximise the exposure of their games.

This is Nintendo we're talking about. Remember they are on their own little island right now and have only just realized that there's a better places that they could be exploring.

 

Could MS get some kind of exclusivity on the virtual console stuff and finally make a serious move in the Japanese market

Then all their games would be Windows Phone exclusive. :)

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Could MS get some kind of exclusivity on the virtual console stuff and finally make a serious move in the Japanese market

 

Considering X1 fans have said they don't even care about their own back libraries, I seriously doubt it.

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So the word "smartphone" is mentioned in a nintendo article and people immediately go all retard-mode and think that means that's where all nintendo games will be going now.

 

I'll be the one in this thread who will be realistic and say that nintendo supporting smartphones will be similar to how you can use miiverse on your phone.

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So the word "smartphone" is mentioned in a nintendo article and people immediately go all retard-mode and think that means that's where all nintendo games will be going now.

 

I'll be the one in this thread who will be realistic and say that nintendo supporting smartphones will be similar to how you can use miiverse on your phone.

 

I agree. Its pathetic and embarrassing. Nintendo's mobile sales are phenomenal right now why would they want to start competing with themselves there?

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So the word "smartphone" is mentioned in a nintendo article and people immediately go all retard-mode and think that means that's where all nintendo games will be going now.

 

I'll be the one in this thread who will be realistic and say that nintendo supporting smartphones will be similar to how you can use miiverse on your phone.

If they were more successful in the smartphone department, then I'm sure Nintendo will probably end up only developing for smartphones rather than maintaining the things that are making them lose profit.

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finally!  Pokemon native on my phone!

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Enough of the "fanboy" name calling.

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So the word "smartphone" is mentioned in a nintendo article and people immediately go all retard-mode and think that means that's where all nintendo games will be going now.

 

I'll be the one in this thread who will be realistic and say that nintendo supporting smartphones will be similar to how you can use miiverse on your phone.

 

 

The article admits it is speculative. No need to come out with all guns blazing to defend Nintendo.

 

Although why Nintendo looking at the smartphone market is such an insult to Nintendo fans is weird. Do they think it is going to ruin the company's purity or something?

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The article admits it is speculative. No need to come out with all guns blazing to defend Nintendo.

 

Although why Nintendo looking at the smartphone market is such an insult to Nintendo fans is weird. Do they think it is going to ruin the company's purity or something?

 

You have seen what typically happens to games when they go the smartphone kind of mobile right? Gameplay suffers, controls go to crap, and they often get littered with in app purchases. I don't think anyone(fan or not) realistically wants to see what are some of the top games of the industry go down that path.

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instead of developing for phones, maybe Nintendo are thinking of developing phones... Nintenphone 3ds...

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finally!  Pokemon native on my phone!

 

And what the hell are you talking about?

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You have seen what typically happens to games when they go the smartphone kind of mobile right? Gameplay suffers, controls go to crap, and they often get littered with in app purchases. I don't think anyone(fan or not) realistically wants to see what are some of the top games of the industry go down that path.

 

 

I'm not a fan of mobile all that much, either, but Nintendo might need to go mobile to supplement or subsidise their other development. Nintendo aren't printing money like they used to.

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instead of developing for phones, maybe Nintendo are thinking of developing phones... Nintenphone 3ds...

 

Didn't work out with Apple and the Motorola iTunes phones and it hasn't really worked out for Sony and their Xperia Playstation phones/tablets either.

 

Unless you're going to into it with 100% heart to be a contender in the phone market, i.e Apple's iPhone, you aren't going to last long. I'm not sure people would want to buy a Nintendo branded phone either. I can already see the nagteive press now about "toy candy" cells or friend code limits etc.

 

Mobile gaming is not where they're struggling though, so as someone said previously, to compete with themself on a 2nd device wouldn't make sense. Providing more support for the 3DS is easier and has more to gain.

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Hello,

I disagree with those saying that the Nintendo phone is a bad idea.

Nintendo's first console (I believe, someone correct me if Im wrong) has a handheld. Why not revisit this?

Nintendo, even if stock has gone down, is still huge. Imagine selling a handheld console.....with GSM capability.

Dont get me wrong, I know Sony has tried this and famed horribly but their target audience isnt adults that want handhelds; its kids wanting their first phone because all their friends have it...

Nintendo keeps making its small 2DS games but for this new phone platform. They wil sell at a HUGE lost but....I think they can capture this small kids market. I see kids every year younger and younger and getting smartphones with Android. I think the Nintendo phone can indeed capture a untapped market.

Its competition:

iPhone - Obviously too expensive for a kid and touchscreen only.

Android - Androids are dirt cheap but I see a 2DS here at 129

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I think Nintendo might still think it is in a position to charge high prices because people are so in love with their first-party titles. The amount of competition and a flourishing indie & mobile market is seemingly proving too much to handle.

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nintendo needs to start making a serious console, that is competive to the xbone and ps4.  Yes, it will be more expensive than their standard.. but players are looking for the high-def, action, etc. I am sure 99% of xbone or ps4 players would buy a pokemon game on one of those console if nintendo were to also release games for those.

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