Ever fancied playing Mario on your Apple iPhone or Samsugn Galaxy S2? Well it won’t be happening any time soon, according to Nintendo President Satoru Iwata.
When interviewed by Japanese News Organisation Nikkei about the possibility of making smartphone games said: “This is absolutely not under consideration”
This follows earlier reports where Masamitsu Ohki from Stats Investment Management Co and an investor in Nintendo commented:“Nintendo should try to either buy its way into this platform or develop something totally new.”
Nintendo has certainly been losing ground over the last year, the 3DS hasn’t sold as well as anticipated. Last month the price dropped a whopping 50% from its launch price to £115 to: ‘create momentum for the Nintendo 3DS and accelerate its market penetration toward the year-end sales season.”
There have also been reports of Nintendo planning to create a new, revamped 3DS with less of a 3D and also creating a new analogue control peripheral that can be used with the existing models, to appease exitsting gamers.
For many people, the cost of games for the 3DS is too high; looking online now Mario Kart 3D is £32.99 and The Legend of Zelda £29.99. In comparison you can pay 69p for a simple game like Angry Birds or £4.99 for a graphically advanced games like Dead Space. Sure the Mario Franchise is Nintendo’s biggest asset, but surely the company needs to consider some element of game creation for smartphone
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