Earlier this week, a rumor cropped up about Nintendo’s upcoming plant to include mobile devices in their platform targets for Nintendo software. The rumor from Japanese paper Nikkei indicated that the company is looking to, among other things, release mini-games on phones designed to lure consumers to Nintendo hardware.
Today, Engadget received word from the company indicating that minigames are not in the cards.
Here’s the statement.
Nikkei’s article contains information previously stated by Mr Iwata during past press conferences, including statements which relate to Nintendo’s willingness to make use of smart devices to promote our products.
However during such past announcements Mr Iwata has also stated that Nintendo’s intention is not to make Nintendo software available on smart devices and as such, we can confirm that there are no plans to offer minigames on smartphone devices.
So, no mini-games. What’s left? Companion apps like the Pokédex software on the Nintendo 3DS? How about a way to browse the Nintendo eShop or post to the Miiverse from phones and tablets?
Why not release stuff like official Player’s Guides for Zelda or Metroid-esque titles? I’d love an interactive and art rich guide on my phone for Wind Waker HD.
We reached out to our contact at Nintendo and got the boilerplate “Nintendo doesn’t comment on rumors and speculation.”
Any guesses on what Nintendo has in store for mobile platforms?