Nintendo head flatly denies iOS game development

Nintendo head flatly denies iOS game development
Disappointing sales of Nintendo's new handheld 3DS has been fueling speculation that, for the first time in history, Nintendo would break tradition and develop games for a platform that it did not create: iOS. The dream was a nice one, because iOS devices have a solid install base and are certainly successful in mobile gaming. And, of course, Nintendo games feed into the nostalgia of gamers world-wide. But, the dream will not be.

Investors had been pushing Nintendo to develop for other mobile systems, but Nintendo president Satoru Iwata said that the idea "is absolutely not under consideration". He went on to say, as you'd expect, that such a move would mean that Nintendo would no longer be the same company. This is true, but people seem to be split on the decision. Some say that Nintendo can't compete with 99 cent mobile games, but we're not so sure that's true. 

Nintendo makes money on hardware, not just software like mobile game developers. And, on top of that, Nintendo 3DS games sell for up to $40 and DS games for as much as $30. Mobile gaming may be big, but there are still plenty of people willing to shell out $40 or more for handheld games. Given that there is an install base of about 150 million DS handhelds world-wide, it's likely that Nintendo will be just fine without breaking its model. Although ditching the headache-inducing 3D would be nice. 

source: The Loop via BGR

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21 Comments

1. Paden

Posts: 262; Member since: Jul 07, 2011

Yeah, they'd be the new Sega! Stick to your guns Nintendo. Good job.

3. iwebdroidberry7

Posts: 230; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Lets change the article to " Nintendo head fatly denies Android gaming tablet development" WTF they're shooting themselves in the foot! Their is no denying that Nintendo would make huge profits off of iOS, look at when the Final Fantasy games were ported to iOS, they see millions of downloads. Kids will be seeing more and more reasons not to get a Nintendo DS, because of iOS and Windows Phones, they minus well adapt now.

5. Paden

Posts: 262; Member since: Jul 07, 2011

Nintendo will support the development of their games on their OWN hardware until the very end. When they reach the Sega level (failing consoles), I can (almost) gaurantee that we will be seeing Nintendo titles on mobile platforms. Right now, however, they want to keep it closed. Their games. Their hardware. Which is rare, and I applaude it. It's the way they've always done it.

9. iwebdroidberry7

Posts: 230; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Well, your right, it is admirable, but it won't stop sales from plummeting. i.e. See the sales for the 3DS.

18. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

millions of sales is still nothing to snuff at. everything they sell they make a profit on, they wont sell it if they dont. They are still a healthy company. Its going to be quite a few years (and probably to the verge of bankruptsy) before nintendo opens development to other people. They also made a bazillion dollars on the Wii and are about to launch the Wii HD which they will probably make another bazillion dollars. They arent going away any time soon.

14. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

It's like saying apple won't put itunes or imessage or icloud or ibooks in others os's even if they could make more money from them

16. iwebdroidberry7

Posts: 230; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Yeah, and you guys have no problem complaining about that. Thanks for proving my point.

2. G-Reg unregistered

Sweet. Thank you Nintendo. FYI: Street Fighter rom kicks some butt on the expera play:)

4. iwebdroidberry7

Posts: 230; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

What? Your thanking Nintendo for not supporting mobile platforms, and then you say you love the Nintendo port that you have to your Android phone? Confusing...

11. G-Reg unregistered

OO NO! Not two thumb downs from iassclowns.

15. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

street fighter is not a nintendo game it belongs to capcom.....

6. G-Reg unregistered

HAHA, you must be new. Whats so hard for you to understand. You know you would have to pay for every game, wether or not you own it for the system already. So in my case where i have quite the collection of classics, that ive payed for, i can play them on my phone free of any more charges. EXCUSE ME, for not wanting to bleed money from my rectum. Did i really have to spell this out to you? O wait... you have the iphone. HAHAHA That explains it all..... *cough*tool*cough*

7. bolaG

Posts: 468; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Nintendo sticking to their japaness steel! Cut down the apple with your samurai swords :P

10. G-Reg unregistered

Dont ya love how the idrones attack any comment that isnt "ihumpiphone"

12. bolaG

Posts: 468; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Dont you love it how people get but hurt over nothing :P

13. Hallucinator

Posts: 391; Member since: May 24, 2010

We also get a kick out of morons who think they are cool by putting the letter i in front of the feeble insults. You come across as an idiot. See what I did there. I picked an insult that already started with i.

22. G-Reg unregistered

wow, make sure your mom puts a star on your chart for you.

17. checheminator unregistered

f**k u Nintendo I'll just keep doing what I'm doing and use roms, I ain't paying for s**t

19. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Why the hell would Nintendo make a game for APPLE? when they already have their own systems. damn stupid

20. Eric unregistered

I'm morbidly curious to see what the Miz would say about this.

21. andro. unregistered

I would believe this,Nintendo are more about pureness of games above all elese,they haven't bowed to trends or pressure over the years in the console market and I would serious doubt they would allow themselves to be chained around the neck like other companies by apple overlords

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