Submitted by pat_11_5 669d ago | opinion piece

Should Nintendo make iPhone games?

There’s no denying that Nintendo is in trouble right now.

Is it finally time for the company to start making games for the iPhone? (3DS, Nintendo, Wii)

pat_11_5  +   669d ago
I really don't want to see this happen but I think it's necessary for the company to survive.
ronin4life  +   668d ago
They are the only games company not in financial straits or in need of being ultra careful.
They really don't need to do this, and it would actually hurt them more than help anyway.
t0mmyb0y  +   668d ago
I hope they make some WiiU games specifically for the new game controller. For example a game like Angry Birds isn't the same without touch-screen. Something like that where it's fun to play on a handheld 'tablet'.
duckieoro   669d ago | Spam
NYC_Gamer  +   669d ago
There's no need for Nintendo to go down the mobile route
pat_11_5  +   669d ago
But their mobile market share continues to shrink. Won't it eventually just disappear all together?
ronin4life  +   668d ago
You are comparing a phone market to a game market... market share doesn't work like that.
GameLord08  +   669d ago
Good grief, not another one of these articles again. These misled claims of Nintendo going "down the drain" have been disproved countless times.
pat_11_5  +   669d ago
Hook me up with the drisprovalation bro.
Instigator  +   668d ago

There you go. As you see Nintendo can take a 20 billion yen loss for 30 years before packing their bag, and that is without factoring the value of their properties.

Honestly, it would be a stupid move for Nintendo to make their IPs available on iOS/Android. They are the main attraction on Nintendo consoles and among the best selling games of all time. As long as people want their exclusives then people will buy their systems.

Making Pokemon or Mario available on mobile devices would dwindle the interest in their dedicated handhelds and cannibalize the sales of those games on the 3DS as well as subsequent portables, which is Nintendo's biggest cash flow.
Jadedz  +   669d ago
Er, Um... what?
"O Canada," indeed.

I believe Nintendo might release apps on smart devices so consumers can check on character traits, etcetera (Miiverse for example), but that's about it.
duckieoro   669d ago | Spam
Slapshot82  +   669d ago
"There’s no denying that Nintendo is in trouble right now."

Really? Where's your proof?

Nintendo is looking to have one of its best holiday seasons in years and will likely take the best selling home and portable gaming consoles positions -- how are they in trouble "right now"?

Also, Sony isn't just putting its games on PlayStation Mobile, but actually it's more about bringing mobile games (Apps) to Vita.
GreenRanger  +   668d ago
The only time you'll see a Nintendo franchise on a phone is when Nintendo make a phone.
Qrphe  +   668d ago
Lol, you're right.
MNGamer-N  +   668d ago
I would buy a Nintendo Phone!
Samus HD  +   668d ago
who wouldn't!?
schlanz  +   668d ago
I think their next system will be. Smartphone penetration is something like a ridiculous 80% in the US and probably closer to 95% in Japan and South Korea. Huge opportunity there. I would definitely buy a Nintendo phone if it had a nice industrial look to it. And no doubt they would have a non-phone version.
chrisgay  +   668d ago
I deny that Nintendo is in trouble right now.
BitbyDeath  +   668d ago
The only thing bad about Nintendo right now is the frequent negative journalism.
3-4-5  +   668d ago
That is like asking a jewel crafter to make those plastic rings in the 25 cent machines at target.
schlanz  +   668d ago
Uh.. no.

So long as there is such a thing as "Mario" and "Pokemon", Nintendo will pretty much never have to worry about their handhelds dying off.

I do predict Nintendo will go the Apple route and eventually release a phone given the phone market is enormous. Could easily get their systems into 10 times as many hands. Obviously like Apple, they will have a non-phone version of the system as well.

But basically, and Nintendo has already started doing this, there is no reason why a powerful handheld shouldn't be able to have most of the same tools and applications available to smartphones.

I don't think Nintendo will feel forced into this position more than they would rather not waste the opportunity to branch into a larger market segment. They have already won over much of the mass market thanks to the success of the Wii and DS Lite. If they nail the design, they would have a ridiculous level of success with it.
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TheDivine  +   668d ago
Is this a sarcastic article? I didnt bother to read it after that rediculous headline. The 3ds is on fire and the Wii-U is sold out for a long time before launch. Nintendo is doing amazing. They could make a killing on mobile's though. Release an official SMB, SMB3, SM World for $9.99 and they would sell 10's of millions of copies. Nintendo said they would go bankrupt before that happens so thats a def no. Glad to see one company left that wont sell out for a quick buck.
eagle21  +   668d ago
Only if Samsung makes them a phone. :)

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