Nintendo "thinking about a new business structure" that might include mobile games
0. phoneArena 17 Jan 2014, 17:33 posted on
In case you hadn't heard, Nintendo was recently forced to admit that the Wii U has been a failure. The company announced a projected 25 billion yen (~$240 million) annual loss because of low demand for its new hardware, and that has led Nintendo's president to make an even more surprising announcement that the company is "thinking about a new business structure" that could include making games for smartphones and tablets...
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1. evarod48 (Posts: 152; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
super mario and mario kart on mobile/tablets... why hasn't this happened sooner?!
16. joey_sfb (Posts: 4361; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
I want a Nintendo Android phone that play 3DS games.
19. MrKoles (Posts: 352; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)
I would be glad if I could play Pokémon on my S4 but sadly it does not depend only just on Nintendo...
2. sennarose88 (Posts: 54; Member since: 18 Jun 2009)
Just give us Pokemon already, your company will be saved.
20. reckless562 (banned) (Posts: 1153; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)
ssssoooooo true!!! imagine the battles w/out actually having to link up with a damn cable!!
26. JMartin22 (Posts: 1620; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)
What? You haven't needed a cable since the 90s/early 2000s
3. mega20913 (Posts: 14; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)
Pokemon on my nexus 7...OMG please let this happen!!!!
5. scsa852k (Posts: 329; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)
Pokemon, Mario Series, Zelda, etc..
All Nintendo needs to do is bring their prized assets to iOS and Android.
9. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 474; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)
Sounds easy enough but will people be willing to pay $30-$40 for a game on their phone? That's what Nintendo will want to price new games at. But if you just want the older games it wouldn't cost that much for them to port it over to Android and iOS.
10. snowgator (Posts: 3397; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Boy, I hope you are wrong. Pricing them a little high would make them more money then pricing them at some stupid level like that and only selling a few.
27. JMartin22 (Posts: 1620; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)
These are quality game titles by major gaming companies, not one of those crappy, low-grade Korean free games with exorbitant microtransaction systems that will run you WELL over $40 in the long run.
30. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
+1 you're right. The quality and creativity in pretty much all of the first party titles for the PSV and 3DS blew me away in comparison to smartphone games... so far.
The price really does often affect the quality of the game you get. $40 for newcomers would probably be a hard sell for those used to paying nothing, but if they can develop a right system to show just how worlds apart they are in quality, I don't doubt it can be very successful. Besides, I'm sure not as many people feel as good about playing shooters on a tiny phone after playing the options currently available. Nintendo's cuteness specialty might really strike iron here, too.
6. Miracles (Posts: 560; Member since: 31 Aug 2013)
Instead of moving mario....just let those "pocket monsters" jump into my pocket :D
7. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)
I don't think will see games like pokemon not the new ones anyways as long as the handheld is successful. Another problem is Nintendo games go for premium price of £30 a game for something like Mario kart but try charging that on a smartphone. As great as the 99p games etc were they really did change the mentality of what a game is worth on phones hence why everyone is moving towards the iap model as they can't get the real value of money for the time they spent making there games so they basically just make it free with the bare minimum of game play and made it basically that to really enjoy you must use iap and what's worse is that with iap you can end up spending twice the money if you were to just buy the full game for £30.
8. mr.techdude (Posts: 569; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
OMG!!! Mario kart on my nexus 7=heaven in my hand.
11. superduper (Posts: 151; Member since: 20 Oct 2013)
Please bring Super Mario Land to my iPhone. Please bring Super Mario Land to my iPhone. Pleeeeze bring Super Mario Land to my iPhone.
12. Omarc07 (Posts: 309; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
I would love to play donkey Kong,Mario, banjo kazooie,pokemon, Zelda etc.. On my phone.
13. Reeyawn (Posts: 65; Member since: 21 Apr 2013)
Mario Party, Pokemon and Zelda is all I want..
14. Pancholo (Posts: 380; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)
What are emulators for? ...I'm kidding!
They're doing pretty darn good in their own mobile industry, so it's good that they are being over cautious about this big leap they're considering. Problem is, as smartphones become more accessible, people will stick to them ONLY because it's what they have to carry around at all times - not like a DS or any other handheld, which you don't need or can't carry ALL the time. Also, some powerful phones are even accessible today (like year-old high-end) free on contract, and they can run/play anything you throw at them; heck, they're even WAY more powerful than a 3DS... so why not?
Anyway, mobile gaming has been one of Nintendo's prized children ever since the original GameBoy, so it's completely understandable even if they decide to never leave the handheld hardware market.
15. buccob (Posts: 2066; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
Finally... It took them too long... Kind of like launching BBM on iOS/Android. They wait until is almost dead...
If they would have done this earlier there would be little need for emulators, thus more profits for them.
Sony made this for play station but it was a halfass measure... Now with Controller support they are into something....
Common Nintendo there is already Wiimote support, just bring the games......
17. Andrewtst (Posts: 484; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)
Please came to Android platform mobile. ;)
18. LikeMyself (Posts: 384; Member since: 23 Sep 2013)
DrasticDS emulator on Play Store for $8 I think. U just need to download the .nds games or extract them to play!
21. reckless562 (banned) (Posts: 1153; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)
i love games, but just dont have downtime time to wast playing them, sad but true......lols i rather text live females. that mobile game called LIFE is hard, and im still tryna beat it! :)
23. Diezparda (Posts: 378; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)
Legend of Zelda, Mario, Donkey Kong, etc = shut up and take my money!
24. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)
Man I would kill to have Mario on my Tablet.
25. zombiewolf115 (Posts: 38; Member since: 16 Jul 2013)
maybe instead of making the same rehashes every year and expand a bit more and get more games you wouldnt be in this kind of trouble Nintendo
28. downphoenix (Posts: 2768; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
I understand Nintendo wouldnt want to put a heavy hitter like Mario or Zelda on a phone, at least right now. However, would it hurt them to maybe put in some legacy ports of games, or maybe develop a new game for a lesser franchise? Their eshop purchases are limited by marketshare, they should consider at least allowing ports of NES and SNES games to phones, at least ones that would be appropriately playable on a phone.
29. DANTExphone888 (Posts: 102; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
PLEASE DON'T LET THIS HAPPEN! MY POKETO MONSUTAS! I SWEAR I WILL HATE THEM and BECOME RUDE IF THEY MANAGE TO DO THIS!!!!!!!
31. JC557 (Posts: 1239; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
I would love to play Mario Kart against others over 4G or WiFi connection during my commute. The WiFi function on my DS isn't all that great and the matchmaking system really needs work and more players which I'm sure won't be a problem on mobile. I know you can do this on a Wii and such but I want it on the go as well.