Nintendo: No plans to release games for smartphones

Nintendo is going to stick to making games for its own hardware platforms, according to the company's president Satoru Iwata. News.com reports that in speaking to a Japanese news agency, Iwata says that the company has no plans to offer its classic game franchises for the smartphone market. While he admitted that offering smartphone-based games might help Nintendo financially in the short term it would hurt the company's long term plans.

Earlier this week, Nintendo's stock price took a big hit, going down five percent, after investors saw that a pre-Tokyo Game Show press event by Nintendo didn't offer any sign that the company would release games for the growing smartphone market. But Iwata disagrees with that strategy, saying that such a move would cut into the company's business of making both its software and its console hardware by itself.

As we have reported before, Nintendo's stock price has taken a nearly 50 percent hit in 2011, thanks in part due to the announcement of its upcoming Nintendo Wii U console back at E3 2011 in June. That event caused Nintendo's stock price to drop over 10 percent as investors were unimpressed by its hardware. The company's stock price took yet another hit in July as Nintendo slashed the price of its portable Nintendo 3DS console in an effort to boost the poor sales of the 3D-based device. There are also rumors that the Wii U is dealing with its own production issues that might delay the release of the console. Nintendo didn't reveal any new info about the Wii U during this week's Tokyo Game Show.

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President Iwata says that the company has no plans to offer its classic game franchises for the smartphone market. While he admitted that offering smartphone-based games might help Nintendo financially in the short term it would hurt the company's long term plans.

How about if Nintendo put games on other platforms for a limited amount of time. This way they will gain the short-term financial advantage, and also won't hurt the companies' long-term plans.
They are in a financial trouble currently.

But may be not, because porting games to other platforms may be a time-consuming and costly job.

I don't know why people keep telling that Smartphones' games are better than the other ones.
IMO, they (not all) have very little replay value, and when playing it on ANY smartphone, you won't get more than 5 hours of battery life.

They could sell a DS emulator for iOS devices, say $9.99, then sell games for the emulator through iTunes. It would sell like crazy.

Rooster69 said,
They could sell a DS emulator for iOS devices, say $9.99, then sell games for the emulator through iTunes. It would sell like crazy.

I'd choose a DS with at least some physical buttons over an ipod touch / iphone with no physical controls any day of the week (and weekends too)

warwagon said,

I'd choose a DS with at least some physical buttons over an ipod touch / iphone with no physical controls any day of the week (and weekends too)

As plummeting sales have indicated, you are a dying breed. I would rather save $140 and enjoy the same games.

Rooster69 said,

As plummeting sales have indicated, you are a dying breed. I would rather save $140 and enjoy the same games.

The thing is though, you wont be enjoying them. As a key factor in video games is this strange concept you seemingly clueless phone game proponents may not understand called "control". Which is something you don't have on your little phone.

Rooster69 said,

As plummeting sales have indicated, you are a dying breed. I would rather save $140 and enjoy the same games.

Okay well you enjoy your touch interfaces and we'll stick with actual buttons.

Blackhearted said,
The thing is though, you wont be enjoying them. As a key factor in video games is this strange concept you seemingly clueless phone game proponents may not understand called "control". Which is something you don't have on your little phone.

Amazing you know what I will or will not enjoy. I play tons of games on my iPad and enjoy many of them. I guess you and Nintendo share the same concept of what people enjoy, have fun with failure.

AFineFrenzy said,

Okay well you enjoy your touch interfaces and we'll stick with actual buttons.

Don't play your DS too hard, it will be very hard to replace soon.

TRC said,
Their loss. Hope they enjoy joining the Sega club in a few years.

Straight up BS, Nintendo's not even close of being in sega position. Difference was sega was in a much worse position than Nintendo's.

Sub_Zero_Alchemist said,

Straight up BS, Nintendo's not even close of being in sega position. Difference was sega was in a much worse position than Nintendo's.

Their sales are falling, the 3DS is a flop, the Wii U is lame, they have nothing right now.

If they don't wake up the market will pass them by.

TRC said,

Their sales are falling, the 3DS is a flop, the Wii U is lame, they have nothing right now.

If they don't wake up the market will pass them by.

Sales are falling? Are you still living back in the first half of 2011? As sales have increased dramatically since the 3ds's price drop in august. As for it being a flop, apparently you're too blinded by your illogical hatred of nintendo to see the quite strong line up of games coming in the next 6+ months. And a "flop" certainly wouldn't have that in store for it. As for the wii u, it's kinda hard to judge something in such a way when it's not due out for a year, isn't it? Well, perhaps to normal, thinking people it would be.

TRC said,

Their sales are falling, the 3DS is a flop, the Wii U is lame, they have nothing right now.

If they don't wake up the market will pass them by.

The 3DS is yet to be tested by any major holiday period and the Wii U hasn't even been released (nor probably is it targeted at you). Worst comment ever.

Blackhearted said,
Sales are falling? Are you still living back in the first half of 2011? As sales have increased dramatically since the 3ds's price drop in august. As for it being a flop, apparently you're too blinded by your illogical hatred of nintendo to see the quite strong line up of games coming in the next 6+ months. And a "flop" certainly wouldn't have that in store for it. As for the wii u, it's kinda hard to judge something in such a way when it's not due out for a year, isn't it? Well, perhaps to normal, thinking people it would be.

I don't hate Nintendo, I love the company. I had the NES, SNES, N64, Gamecube and now a Wii. I just think they are being really stupid in not releasing their games on other devices; the market is changing and they're going to get left in the dust. People are getting tired of gimmicky little features, they want games. They can't keep milking the DS and Wii forever.

The Wii has been a huge letdown for me though, mine is gathering dust now. A few good games, tons of shovelware, and an annoying gimmick controller that got old fast. The Wii U is more of the same.

"saying that such a move would cut into the company's business of making both its software and its console hardware by itself."

That's kind of like saying Wii Virtual Console is hurting them...

daniel_rh said,
If they release their games on smartphones their devices will die

Not really, they could start porting games 1-2 generations old (and older) they could make a lot of money selling Mario Kart 64 (or maybe even the DS version) for smartphones, assuming they could do some decent controls I'd gladly pay $10 for Mario Kart 64 and $15-20 for Mario Kart DS as universal apps for iOS and I doubt I'm alone. I bet a lot of people would buy Super Mario bros 3 or Super Mario World if they could get it on their phone.
They would still have their newest games exclusive to their hardware.

I can tell you this though, as long as I have a smartphone (and why would I cease too) I will never get a portable consoles from Nintendo or Sony again, why would I, my DS Lite was left to gather dust (and sold a bit back) when I first got the second gen iPod touch, a device that was much smaller than the DS and could give a lot of small fun games for the price of a single DS game and combined they sure did give more variation and bang for your buck. And smartphone/tablet titles are just getting better and better.

Leonick said,

Not really, they could start porting games 1-2 generations old (and older)…

They can't as they are already selling those - yet again - on their own platforms…

Leonick said,

Not really, they could start porting games 1-2 generations old (and older) they could make a lot of money selling Mario Kart 64 (or maybe even the DS version) for smartphones, assuming they could do some decent controls I'd gladly pay $10 for Mario Kart 64 and $15-20 for Mario Kart DS as universal apps for iOS and I doubt I'm alone. I bet a lot of people would buy Super Mario bros 3 or Super Mario World if they could get it on their phone.
They would still have their newest games exclusive to their hardware.

I can tell you this though, as long as I have a smartphone (and why would I cease too) I will never get a portable consoles from Nintendo or Sony again, why would I, my DS Lite was left to gather dust (and sold a bit back) when I first got the second gen iPod touch, a device that was much smaller than the DS and could give a lot of small fun games for the price of a single DS game and combined they sure did give more variation and bang for your buck. And smartphone/tablet titles are just getting better and better.

I understand why people think smartphones are great as they do a bit of everything, but it reminds me of the old saying... jack of all trades, master of none.

C'mon, Nintendo, do this! (Although that doesn't mean I want them to stop making consoles, personally, I'd really hate it if they went the way of Sega.)

MASTER260 said,
C'mon, Nintendo, do this! (Although that doesn't mean I want them to stop making consoles, personally, I'd really hate it if they went the way of Sega.)

Yeah, Sega is such a shame. They were just great. Now they're very disapointing.

I'm not sure why ANYONE in their right mind would think that Nintendo will start developing for other platforms.

Rudy said,
I'm not sure why ANYONE in their right mind would think that Nintendo will start developing for other platforms.
Indeed.

Ah, another japanese company panic in the wake of the new technological shift. Japs always think they are superior than their neighbors around them. Now even Hyundai and Kia are eating their automotive lunch. While Apple and Microsoft is eating Nintendo mobile and console business. The Koreans and Taiwanese are taking over their electronics industry.

Their isolated society need to be open and embrace everyone around them instead of closed and coup up in their own island feeling superior. It can only get them so far...and now they are all alone doing freakish things like panties vending machine. Sad really.

LAMj said,
Ah, another japanese company panic in the wake of the new technological shift. Japs always think they are superior than their neighbors around them. Now even Hyundai and Kia are eating their automotive lunch. While Apple and Microsoft is eating Nintendo mobile and console business. The Koreans and Taiwanese are taking over their electronics industry.

Their isolated society need to be open and embrace everyone around them instead of closed and coup up in their own island feeling superior. It can only get them so far...and now they are all alone doing freakish things like panties vending machine. Sad really.

If Nintendos products stop selling well abroad, they'll simply close up shop and stick to Japan where things are probably safer financially.

Hey Nintendo, way to not progress. Oh well maybe that useless Wii my kids had to have and never play will be worth something in a few years when Nintendo is dead.