news\ Sep 27, 2011 at 4:18 pm

App Developer Says Nintendo Should Release iOS Content


It wasn't too long ago that we were reporting on a constant back-and-forth dispute between Nintendo and the mobile gaming market. Nintendo believed that mobile gaming, though credible, didn't manage to meet the needs of the core gamer. App developers, however, argued that mobile game development was soaring to great heights and that apps were the future of the industry.

Appy co-founder and CEO Chris Ulm has resurrected the argument, stating that things may get difficult for Nintendo as mobile gaming continues on its upward path. "I have enormous respect for Nintendo, but I think they might be on the wrong side of history," expressed Ulm to IndustryGamers. "Talking about how they're not going to do free games or mobile games; they have their walled garden of established IP and that's great, but if kids are interested in iOS ... they're going to lose their business. If I was at Nintendo, I'd be worried."

According to Ulm, Nintendo deserves respect for staying true to its home console and traditional portable model, but with a changing atmosphere comes a changing market. "There's a truism: the markets are never wrong," said the Appy head. "God bless you Iwata-san for sticking to your guns, but the market is never wrong. If people were scared about the power of mobile devices now, there's going to be a new series of iOS and Android devices this holiday season that will make them even more nervous."

There's no denying that the market has changed and that mobile game development is stronger than ever. But I highly doubt companies like Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo will suffer as a result of the rise of portable gaming on cell phones. To me, these app developers come off as overly pretentious, and I think it's about time they realized that mobile gaming and standard, traditional gaming are two entirely different industries for two entirely different types of gamers.

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