Nintendo reportedly working on an Android tablet... for educational games

Nintendo reportedly working on an Android tablet... for educational games
There has been talk for a long time connecting Nintendo and mobile devices, although most of that has come from Nintendo investors who believe that the company is in trouble if it doesn't end its proprietary hardware strategy and start publishing games on Android and iOS. It doesn't look like the company is going to take that path just yet, but rumors are saying that it will be pushing into mobile.

There are rumors that Nintendo is in the process of testing its own tablet that will be based on Android, although it will be completely customized. Unfortunately, you won't be able to play Mario, Zelda, Metroid, Smash Bros, or any other of the flagship Nintendo titles that you want to. Instead, the word is that the tablet will be targeted at the educational market, but the games may feature the famous characters. So, if you're okay with Super Mario Algebra instead of Super Mario Galaxy Tab (unlikely name #1 for a mobile Mario game), maybe you'll like this device. 

This news is according to Nintendo of America software engineer Nando Monterazo, who let the info out on Twitter. Nintendo never comments on rumors, so there's no way to confirm this, but it seems pretty legitimate if a Nintendo software engineer is tweeting about it (although the tweets have already been deleted). That means this is all the info that exists, no word on specs, dates, or pricing. 

source: VentureBeat



1. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2260; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

yikes!...mario coming to android...

2. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

It'sa mee Mario!

3. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I'll believe it when I see it.

6. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

You'll still doubt it even then.

4. ZeroCide

Posts: 810; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

Super Mario spelling. Wario Math

5. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Samsung already has a galaxy tab 3.I would rather see Nintendo make their own android smartphone and Windows 8 tablet,making games exclusively for it

7. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Oh yeah that would be awesome!

8. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

may the source be with you Nintendo !

9. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

LOL @ the picture. On a side an emulator, get on with your life. Plus, I'm ol' school...I need a t.v. screen and that three button controller in my hand. Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right...Start. You can't hit that on a phone screen, kid. Don't even act like you can.

10. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

I think it's more likely they would make some cheaper educational games for 3DS and Wii U rather than do this. It just doesn't align with their strategy. If they do this though, I would expect it to only be available in Japan, Nintendo Japan is a little more open to weird moves like this than Nintendo of America, which is pretty strict when it comes to this kind of branching out. I mean, they were gonna deny us Xenoblade Chronicles after all until a massive fan movement was done to bring it over, and I'd say us fans did our part to prove them wrong as VGCharts has the NA version of the game having bigger sales figures than the EU or JP counterparts.

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