Iwata Clarifies Confusion Over Smartphone and Tablet Development

Nintendo Smartphone

President of Nintendo, Satoru Iwata obviously cares about the 3DS still despite it’s great sales. He has told the Wall Street Journal that Nintendo has no means of making apps/games for tablets and smartphones. This is probably because he fears that it will damage Nintendo’s sales:

“The spread of smart devices does not spell the end of game consoles. It’s not that simple,” President Satoru Iwata said at a news conference Friday. The key is to figure out a way to use smartphones to make people aware of Nintendo’s games, and encourage them to try out the console version of the games, Mr. Iwata said.

“It doesn’t mean that we should put Mario on smartphones,” he said.

In the meantime, it is worth noting that Nintendo is beefing up its research and development budget, and that Mr. Iwata promises to surprise game players in the future. While there are plenty of unknowns, Nintendo isn’t saying game over to consoles just yet.

So it’s not like we’ll be seeing Nintendo branded games on the Apple Appstore or the Google Play Store, but we might be seeing companion apps in the future!

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