Nintendo denies mini-game smartphone rumors

Earlier this week, online reports from Japan claimed that Nintendo was planning to offer special mini-games on smartphones as a way to help promote their full games on their consoles. Now Nintendo has flat out denied those rumors and has once again stated its feelings against offering games for the mobile phone market.

In a statement sent to Endgaget, Nintendo said that the reports, which started from a story from the Nikkei news service, had information based on quotes made previously by the company's CEO Satoru Iwata. In those statements, he said Nintendo had plans to use mobile devices to help promote its games. Nintendo added:

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.

Nintendo is expected to announce its financial results for the last calendar quarter on Wednesday. Earlier this month, the company issued an earnings warning, stating that sales of its Wii U home console and its 3DS portable console would both be well behind previous projections. It also stated that it would suffer an overall loss for its third straight fiscal year.

Source: Engadget | Nintendo booth image via Shutterstock

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For some reason I thought the article was about a Nintendo smartphone... and I got a little bit excited. Even though, it wouldn't be a bad move if they create a smartphone with exclusive Nintendo titles, possibly using a forked version of Android.

I used to play mobiles games and I thought they were alright. Only problem is that they've added in a pay factor to games. Why bother playing for hours when you can just buy the item/power ups in the game? Often time game developers will make it extremely difficult for you to earn in game items so that you would be more likely to buy it. There aren't many non repetitive game thanks to this and in my opinion, quality has gone down. All the games you see are either short or they're endless puzzles/running.

I recently picked up a 3DS just to try it out and I find the games to be much more fulfilling than any mobile games I've played. You get games with long storyline, an actual challenge, and you actually feel a sense of achievement when you beat game.

That's just my opinion, maybe it's just because I grew up with old consoles.

i wonder what kind of microtransactions would be in smartphoned mario/zelda games?
pay $1 for insta mushroom power-up?

I don't believe they need smartphone games. Nintendo just needs a better system. The problem with the Wii U is that it has the gamepad. It's too far different from what other systems have, so most developers don't want to deal with it. If Nintendo themselves would release more "hardcore" type games, they'd earn more respect, but all anyone sees is kiddy games (except for Zelda and Metroid).
Even the MiiVerse is too kiddified. I want something more adult.

Sekyal said,
I don't believe they need smartphone games. Nintendo just needs a better system. The problem with the Wii U is that it has the gamepad. It's too far different from what other systems have, so most developers don't want to deal with it. If Nintendo themselves would release more "hardcore" type games, they'd earn more respect, but all anyone sees is kiddy games (except for Zelda and Metroid).
Even the MiiVerse is too kiddified. I want something more adult.

it has nothing to do with the gamepad and the fact sony and microsoft have ther own solution to the gamepad means Nintendo was right agian in the direction they took. what it is is really lazy developers EA after all had committed to the system at the E3 2011 announcement of the Wii U and then when EA at some point tried to make Nintendo or get them to go EA Orgin has the sole online only solution Nintendo siad NO


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LiRgAGFIfmQ <<< Right there

boobless said,
So what Nintendo games you guys would like to play on your smartphone....without buttons? I can't think of any.

Have you never seen a game that requires "buttons" with a button overlay on the touch screen?

It's not exactly new.

Even though it will never happen, but Pokemon would work well on a smartphone IMO. Could replace walking with buttons via pointing where you want to walk to, and besides the walking the game is full of menus which would work well with a touch screen.

Nashy said,

Have you never seen a game that requires "buttons" with a button overlay on the touch screen?

It's not exactly new.


And every single one of those games is terrible. Games on phones where you don't control the characters work the best. See: endless runner games.

boobless said,

And every single one of those games is terrible. Games on phones where you don't control the characters work the best. See: endless runner games.

I'm sure a company the size of Nintendo can make it work.

Well I don't really think than an endless running Mario game would be a good thing. The smartphone is just not a good platform for games. The touchscreen makes for a terrible controller, which is why you see so many games that basically just use the whole screen as one big button. And then you have the average game selling for a couple dollars which discourages any effort to make a serious, big-budget game.

Problem is - I only want to carry around one mobile device, and the smartphone is it. Maybe a Nintendo phone would work, but I wouldn't want a device that locks me into one company's app store, and I would question how well Nintendo could keep their hardware current (given how they perform in the console market).

course they are because it is not happening. soon as some site says so everyone starts going yep nintendo is throwing in the towel and this is all they have left . i knew it was not happening it was just more rumor / negativity tword them to start a negativity wheel turning some more


Anyways i am happy Wii U owner looking to get Watch-dogs Farcry 4 < if FC4 happens Mario kart 8 and many others this year

Haha, they didn't even look at what people were saying and the positive impact it had? Bye bye Nintendo, 1889 - 2014/2015.

n_K said,
Haha, they didn't even look at what people were saying and the positive impact it had? Bye bye Nintendo, 1889 - 2014/2015.


even in Nintends investors pulled away from them Nintendo has a nice little nest egg that could sustain then for 50+ years so they are not going anywhere anytime soon