Nintendo looking to modify consoles to support smartphone apps

Nintendo looking to modify consoles to support smartphone apps
It seems that the advent of smartphones and tablets marked the peak of gaming consoles, and now console makers are trying to keep their business alive. Some like Microsoft with its Xbox are actually doing fine, but Nintendo has now announced that it is trying to change its consoles so that users can use smartphone applications on the console.

That is one move for Nintendo to return to profitability. Nintendo has also offered developers a professional conversion software so that coders can easily convert a mobile game into one for consoles like the Wii U. The once popular Wii U has only contributed to a wider loss for Nintendo in 2012.

Nintendo’s hopes are to get users interested by high profile games that are now all the rage on smartphones.

Nintendo in particular is suffering from a lack of popular games on its consoles and it suffered a second consecutive annual operating loss this year.

source: Japan Times

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21 Comments

1. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

How will they adapt multitouch tablet games on the tablet witch is not compatible ? This seems tough.

2. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

I've loved Nintendo for almost 30 years now, its sad to the company Going down like this.

3. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I have the Wii U, and I'm so impressed by it!

5. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

should i get one ?

8. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Sure! I recommend! Of course, if you want PC graphics, wait for the PS4, but to be honest, Nintendo is the most innovative game company! And it has the best games. And the Wii U still has AWESOME graphics. It's more powerful than the PS3 or Xbox 360

11. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Perhaps but the fact that the screen is resistive and not capacitive does limit it quite a bit for gameplay purposes. Nintendo may be good at utilizing limited tech, but they could easily be top dog if they had the tech to match the vision.

13. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

The Wii U is a full sized home gaming console and not a mobile device. The resistive display is amazingly responsive and it gives a huge amount of extra features for gameplay. And the main thing in it simply is, to have an other display. Capacitive display is absolutely not needed in that kind of device. Also, with a capacitive display and possibly a capacitive stylus pen, the prizes would go up as a rocket.

4. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

all i can say is hoo-ray for mobile gaming! :)

6. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

I don't see this helping mobile gaming nor nintendo all that much. nintendo needs to accept reality and start deving for phones and tablets. that would give a huge boost to their profits and to mobile gaming.

12. alltechinside

Posts: 248; Member since: Apr 21, 2013

Sure Nintendo would profit for a while, but they'll lose profit over time. The same thing happened with sega. They used to sell their own hardware until they started declining. So they started making games on other gaming devices. Sure, they made money at first, but not for long. The problem is that Sega games are not exclusive anymore which would defeat the purpose of buying their gaming consoles/devices. Sega eventually quit making hardware and focused on games. This made sega into a smaller company than before.(or at least not as big than before) Nintendo wants to avoid ending up like Sega. As much as I would love to see Nintendo games on mobile or tablet devices, this would hurt Nintendo on the long run.

15. Tux_Alan

Posts: 74; Member since: Jan 30, 2013

It's about mobile games on the wii u, not nintendo games on mobile...

16. alltechinside

Posts: 248; Member since: Apr 21, 2013

I was talking to @ayephoner's post.

19. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Sega's decline post-hardware has to do with their game quality being poor post-hardware as opposed to before. Sega had developed some of the best 1st party games ever (and they had their duds too, but didn't everywhere) and though the average quality of their games may not have been as high as Nintendo, they were certainly more groundbreaking and risky in their games than Nintendo was. Nowadays Sega plays it safe with constant sequels to Sonic and poorly done licensed games. Nintendo could do good as a software only developer, as long as they dont fall into the same trap Sega did.

7. nlbates66

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

one problem I can think of here, how many games would want multi-touch capability? doesn't that Tablet that the Wii U uses have a Resistive touchscreen?(limited to a single touchpoint)

9. ocilfa

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

I could see this work. They would probably adapt multi touch actions to the physical controls in some way.

10. alltechinside

Posts: 248; Member since: Apr 21, 2013

Oh Nintendo. I remember back in those days when we had the N64. It was probably the best gaming console for that generation. It was until gamecube when we saw some competition and now Nintendo is on the decline. Wii U is not a bad console, but the lack of third party games and the poor software is really showing. I don't know how Smartphone apps can help but I think they should focus on improving their software instead. I always wondered if it could be better for Nintendo to use android on the Wii U as the Software. They can somehow integrate it with their Games on android. They can built their own skin (like Touchwiz or Amazon does) and they have access to the play store and a good OS. Maybe they can add their own "Play" store like amazon did so that they allow Wii U optimized apps. What do you guys think?

14. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Have you even used a Wii U before? Your talking about the software sounds like you have never used it. The OS is very well designed. It's perfectly smooth, very fast, is full of features and it has a nice unique simple design. The web browser can be compared to modern flagship smartphones.

17. alltechinside

Posts: 248; Member since: Apr 21, 2013

Really? The web browser is better than other browsers compared to other consoles right now, but its still no where near flagship smartphones.(unless you are talking about Smartphones in 2-3 years ago). For instance, if you had a high-end smartphone and the Wii U with you, which would you browse on? The Software in the Wii U is pretty smooth but thats all there is to say when it takes quite a bit of time to load and it is limited compared to the competition. The Online feature sounds nice on paper but not up to where other competitors(xbox & ps3) are at. My question is do you use it frequently? I highly doubt you use the Online features frequently. Not saying the Wii U is terrible. Their exclusive games and the Gamepad is what makes this console stand out. Just want to point out some flaws on the Wii U.

21. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Actually I use the online feature every day and it's really good! And the browser REALLY IS AMAZING! Just try it, and you'll see

18. scsa852k

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

It should be the other way around. Nintendo games going into Playstore and App store.

20. DANTExphone888

Posts: 102; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Nintendo and Pokémon will lose me and I will diss Pokémon for the rest of my life if any of it's games go to Xbox, PS3 , or an Apple product. (I don't wan't to have to do that because Pokémon is my most favorite thing in the world and I'm 14.)

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