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Nintendo shuns mobile games for a Mii app

If you’re still hoping that Nintendo will develop games for tablets and smartphones then you’d better get your sad face ready, because it’s looking unlikely. Instead they’re working hard on a Mii app, so gamers can export their cute in-game avatars to social media networks.

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata recently gave an interview to a Japanese business magazine, where he confirmed that the company was currently hard at work on their first foray into the world of smartphones and tablets. But forget any dreams of Super Mario Mobile. Nintendo’s first app will focus on Mii characters.

“It would be fun for players to use their Mii characters as icons on social media,” he said. “We are currently developing an application that will allow users to do that. The app will be announced around the time our full-year results are released.” Which, for curious readers, should happen around May.

Mr Iwata also stated that he was still “wary” of smartphones and tablets as gaming platforms, pouring cold water on any hopes gamers had of seeing original Nintendo titles on iOS, Android or Windows devices any time soon.

That doesn’t mean we won’t see some of our best-loved Nintendo characters in other guises on mobile platforms though. The likelihood is that Nintendo will continue using smartphones and tablets as marketing tools, to draw gamers into playing on consoles. So we might catch a glimpse of Mario or Link at some point, albeit in a cameo role rather than a full game.

And then of course there’s always emulators, for revisiting our favourite rock-hard Nintendo classics, now with full save features so you don’t need to play for hours at a time – although, why wouldn’t you?


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