Nintendo could be releasing hardware controllers for smartphones and tablets in the future

During Nintendo's annual general meeting at the end of last month, it was revealed that the company is mulling over the possibility of releasing peripherals for smartphones. According to a report by Polygon, Nintendo executive Shinya Takahashi has brought up the idea as a response to a shareholder during the annual meeting.

And Mr. Takahashi's response to the question:

What seemed impossible just a few years back – Nintendo releasing software for Android and iOS – has now become a reality with Miitomo and Pokemon GO. Mr. Takahashi's statement could just be a passing remark, but it could also be a hint at what's to come.

Having said that, we'd like you to imagine a scenario, which, although nothing more than conjecture at this point, doesn't seem all that unlikely in the grand scheme of things, especially in the light of recent developments. Despite the huge success of the 3DS, the future of dedicated handheld consoles is uncertain and Nintendo knows this. Less and less people are willing to shell out the extra cash for a portable console and instead stick to their smartphones and tablets for some gaming on the cheap. So, what Nintendo could do instead, is tturn smartphones into portable consoles by bringing its own controller to the table. It won't be the first to do this – there are many Bluetooth controllers available for both Android and iOS – but should Nintendo go down this road, its games would most likely be playable only with its proprietary controller.

Knowing Nintendo, it would most likely introduce some unique features to the peripheral (which will inevitably be labeled as gimmicks by most “hardcore” gamers) so as to justify this limitation and voila – a platform on top of an already existing platform, backed by one of the biggest names in the video game industry. It would be stupid to assume that Nintendo will completely abandon its portable console business in favor of smartphones, but we might at least see some beloved old games released for mobile not so far down the line.

Souce: Nintendo via Polygon



1. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Yes please. Im still waiting for a company like Sony or Nintendo to bring a good universal smartphone controller

2. Blazers

Posts: 733; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

As long as sony is in the mobile phone business, I don't see them making the DS4 compatible with other manufacturers out of the box.

4. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

You're aware that the PS4 controller was made for the console itself? And what has Sony got to do with this? You can add Wii U and the XBone controller and still cant get desired results. The closest thing you can have is the SixAxis controller.

7. Blazers

Posts: 733; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

The dual shock 4 pairs out of the box on most all Xperia models, with PS4 remote play preinstalled. That's what Sony has to do with it.

3. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Nintendo jumping on the mobile train is smart, there next hand held should double as a phone if need be that would be cool.

6. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Nintendo always miss the boat. Any way I am their big fan so I will still buy whatever s**t they sell.

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