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Nintendo looking into making smartphone and tablet controllers

by Ron Duwell | July 6, 2016July 6, 2016 10:40 am PST

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Nintendo has tasted the forbidden fruit of free-to-play mobile games, and it is going back for seconds! Miitomo, Fire Emblem, and Animal Crossing are apparently not enough as the company might be getting into the business of what it really does best: making sweet controllers.

Speaking at a recent shareholders meeting, Director and General Manager of Entertainment Planning and Development Shinya Takahashi discussed Nintendo’s interest in breaking into controllers for their newfound, secret-favorite platform.

Physical controllers for smart device applications are available in the market and it is possible that we may also develop something new by ourselves.

On the other hand, I believe Nintendo’s way of thinking is to look at whether action games are really not impossible (without a physical controller for smart device applications) to create and how we can make it happen to create such a game. I think we will make applications, and not just action games, in consideration of what best embodies ‘Nintendo-like’ applications, including applications for everyone from children to seniors.

We will launch various projects in the future. Advancing projects like these will require the involvement and support of our partners and not just our own human resources.

Someone get Hori on the phone. Nintendo needs help with a physical product.

If Nintendo were to start making controllers, then I would be set to start taking their mobile offerings more seriously. That shows a long term commitment that I could get behind, and it provides a nice alternative to the DualShock 4, which is my go-to controller for the PC and tablet these days.

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Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...

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