Nintendo Explains Reluctance to Release Mobile Games


Nintendo has today explained its resistance to releasing titles from its iconic first-party games library on smart devices.

Speaking at a briefing where the Japanese gaming giant issued a profit warning amid weak console sales, president Satoru Iwata said that although the company is “considering options” for mobiles, these don’t include bringing its first-party IPs to mobile phones and tablets.

He said: “As a rule, we don’t consider to bring games for our game machines into smart devices. If we follow current games on smartphones and we just bring our current games into smart devices, it won’t lead to the future.”

It seems the company would instead rather rely on the likes of Mario and Zelda to drive the sales of its own faltering hardware – so don’t expect to see a new Super Mario Bros. game on your mobile phone any time soon.

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