This Nintendo smartphone concept is a gamers' dream

This Nintendo smartphone concept is a gamers' dream

Just make it happen, Nintendo! The handheld gaming industry has basically switched over to phones almost entirely and given the powerful hardware available on smartphones now (yes, we have 14nm silicon that can run even games with demanding graphics), we see no reason why Nintendo has not yet made the dream of every (grown up) kid happen: the Nintendo smartphone.

The fact that a Nintendo smartphone for gamers does not exist does not stop artists and designers from imagining what it could look like though, and this latest concept by Pierre Carveau (hit the source link at the end of the article to see more of his work) shows how you can clip on the controller to have the Nintendo experience that you’re used to.

As much as we love smartphones for gaming, we have to admit that using the touchscreen to control the action is more of a nuisance than a convenience, and hardcore gamers will agree that nothing compares to that tactile feedback and response you get from hitting a real, physical key.

Heck, just seeing these concept images of a Nintendo smartphone, we are already toying with the idea: imagine a phone with a custom Nintendo launcher with different themes and wallpapers for the fans, a couple of ingenious cases, and the tons of possibilities available. Yes, it’s just a niche, but the whole video game industry started as a niche after all. Also, it would be just plain cool having a Nintendo smartphone, don’t you think?

How would you make such a smartphone and would you want one?


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25 Comments

1. osbert

Posts: 125; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

lol...

28. engineer-1701d unregistered

speakers go on the front goddamn it

2. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Wow, that's definitely something different. PLUS it's running Android, what a WIN!

6. noler

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

Laggy Mario is not a WIN. "Laggy Boy"

10. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Ohh my, now games as well lag on Android... SMH

12. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

This post was a fail on so many levels....

26. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Well, if lag is part of the gameplay than it still a WIN. Besides, i know Nintendo will not release an Android phone because they believe in close ecosystem. They even have a region lock on the Wii U despite their success of Wii that demonstrated the advantage of unlock Wii. Doing a regional lock cap the revenue of non-Japanese player wanting to play Japanese titles. I know a few of those. I grew up with Nintendo but its time to let them go.

27. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

True point. Nintendo limited themselves and therefore they won't be so successful in oversea markets.

3. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Should have a proprietary OS, while having the capability of running Android apps and games.

7. Cyberchum

Posts: 1013; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Most good games require Google account sign in, so unless they can find a good work-around, a proprietary OS with just android app compatibility won't cut it.

11. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Games from the Play Store are not good compared with games that are specifically built for consoles.

17. Cyberchum

Posts: 1013; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

This concept is no console, just a smartphone with a very handy pad. And talking about a proprietary OS to power the mobile console, getting developers to support the ecosystem would be a very herculean task.

20. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

If its running a version that matches the DS, Gameboy etc...you have thousands of titles at hand already. Put in code to side load android apps...win win.

8. Cyberchum

Posts: 1013; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Most good games require Google account sign in, so unless they can find a good work-around, a proprietary OS with just android app compatibility won't cut it.

4. gaming64 unregistered

Please, make a better DS.

13. WallStreet

Posts: 256; Member since: Sep 21, 2014

This phone looks great! I'd be the first one in line!

14. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

I cringe at the site of this monstrosity.This is a step backwards in many respects. Just keep making regular handhelds Nintendo. This would be a major flop.

16. xperian

Posts: 417; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

I don't think smartphone portable console is good idea. It will become outdated fast. I am happy with my phone and 3ds being separate devices.

21. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

How smartphones are usually faster in being obsolete than hand helds or any dedicated console. Please tell me what phone from 2005 can current 360 games....(just using this as an example of console life cycle) FYI 05 android wasn't even code yet for show.

18. Shocky unregistered

The Nintendo logo I don't mind obviously, but the design and styling it so retro to the point of looking crappy. They better not try charging premium pricing for that.

19. hemedans

Posts: 746; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

With core m and cherry trail someone should build psp like device which run full windows to take advantage of dolphin, ppsspp, psxc2, desmume etc

22. Dragoonslayer12

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 09, 2015

Sony attempted this with the Xperia play. Say what you will about the phone itself, but it knew what it was trying to be

25. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

So did Nokia. But to be fair, it's Nintendo and alot more people are into it as for say the playstation phone.

23. miketer

Posts: 496; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

Double LOL

24. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

I'd buy this religiously, even if it's crap in specs. People still buy the iPhone like hotcakes and it's very poorly spec'd.

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