news\ Sep 27, 2011 at 4:19 pm

Nintendo Smartphone Games "Not Under Consideration"


Don't expect to catch any Pokemon on your iPhone any time soon. In fact, don't ever expect to ever catch them on any smartphone. In a post-press conference interview with Nikkei, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata has stated creating games for smartphones, or any other platforms other than their own is "absolutely not under consideration."

“This is absolutely not under consideration. If we did this, Nintendo would cease to be Nintendo. Having a hardware development team in-house is a major strength. It’s the duty of management to make use of those strengths.”

You just have to wonder what Iwata's logic is behind this one. Sure, developing for smartphones might not be a long term answer to Nintendo's sales woes, but it definitely wouldn't hurt it. Iwata even admits that creating a division to develop smartphone games would lead to some short-term gains, gains that Nintendo desperately needs right now. But he states that his job is about maintaining "Nintendo's position down the line."

Put aside the pride, Mr. Iwata. Having Zelda on my Android, or iOS wouldn't tarnish the reputation of Nintendo. Just make sure you bring in the best people for the job and you won't get stuck with tacky spin-offs that don't live up to Nintendo's standards. Unfortunately, after the 3DS debacle, I'm not really sure what Nintendo's standards are anymore. Heck, I don't even think Iwata knows what they are.

I just don't see how developing for smartphones could hurt the company.

Wouldn't you just love to have access to Zelda or Pokemon from your Android or iOS?

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