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Nintendo Taps Smartphone Apps for Console Boost

OSAKA – Nintendo Co. is trying to modify its game consoles so customers can use smartphone applications on them as it searches for a way to return to profitability, company sources said.

The game console and software maker has offered professional-use conversion software to application developers so they can produce smartphone games that can be played on Wii U, a struggling home video game console that helped widen the firm’s operating loss in fiscal 2012.

Nintendo hopes smartphone software will help spur console sales, which will in turn lead to an increase in popular game titles for them, the sources said.

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MultiConsoleGamer1238d ago

Talked about this a long time ago. It's a move that was in the works for quite some time.

iGAM3R-VIII1238d ago

True

Anyway, it is a good move but c'mon, I doubt anyone would use apps like news and productivity because it is mostly kids using the Wii U and who really wants to read the news while playing a game. Though games like Doodle Jump or Angry Birds could help and this also means the amount of games for the Wii U will rocket up, depending on how Nintendo get this to work

Thatguy-3101238d ago

Question why would I use smartphones apps on my console when it's more convenient to use it on my phone. If apps make it to consoles they should simply be apps to stream videos/music/movies. For example the whole Google map is pretty pointless.

jcnba281238d ago

That's like asking why would I use smartphone apps on my ipad when it's more convenient to use it on my phone..

Thatguy-3101238d ago (Edited 1238d ago )

@jcnba28
An ipad falls under portable devices. So it's essential for apps to work with it. That's basically the ecosystem it feeds off. Home consoles don't act the same way.

Knight_Crawler1238d ago

Can you imagine if Nintendo released a Pokemon Tablet and Smart phone game...this game would make Angry birds sales look like petty cash and would break download records.

GraveLord1238d ago

Smartphone games on Wii U? That's Nintendo's plan?
LOL

Khordchange1238d ago

wouldnt surprise me at all if nintendo decided to make their own smart phone/tablet after this gen, it would sell crazy good

Dj7FairyTail1238d ago

uh no they have dedicated gaming devices not multi media devices

Khordchange1238d ago

Nintendo also used to be a trading card company, nintendo also used to be a company that was never good at motion control devices. It wouldn't surprise me at all if they decided to go in the smartphone and tablet industry, with a classic nintendo twist of course.

gamer421238d ago

sometimes i think that after this generation nintendo will create some sort of combo handheld and home consoles. With everything they're doing, i think its a possibility. I think it'd be pretty cool if it happened.

Realplaya1238d ago

All there doing is offering different options. I bet if it pays off no one will be laughing when the other companies do the same thing. Fact is you have people that complain that smartphone games are pointless because there are no physical buttons. You have smart phone companies developing hardware that has physical buttons. You have Millions of people who use there tablets in there homes and they have access to Millions of apps that have similar uses such as those found on PC's Nintendo's only mistake is this wasn't ready from day 1.

bigbearsack1238d ago

can't hurt to have more options.