nintendo_logoOk, I'm as sick of writing about Nintendo and smartphones as you likely are reading about it, but just to wrap a bow around this (at least for now), Nintendo held their planned investor briefing today and reiterated that they have no plans to bring their games to non-Nintendo platforms such as smartphones and tablets. They did confirm their plan to create a "marketing" app for such devices which will be released sometime this year. The Big N isn't strictly disallowing its app developers from creating games or using Nintendo characters in the app, but its main purpose will be to "attract consumer attention and communicate the appeal of our platform" according to Nintendo President Satoru Iwata.

One cool thing about the upcoming Nintendo app will be its integration with the Nintendo Network ID, which is essentially the online account used to purchase digital games on the Wii U. Recently, they merged the NNID with the Nintendo 3DS, and the Nintendo app will utilize this as well meaning people will be able to browse and purchase digital games through the app for use on their 3DS or Wii U. As someone who loathes browsing the cumbersome eShop on my 3DS, I'm looking forward to that. The marketing app will likely include other media such as videos and screenshots of games for the 3DS and Wii U, and I wouldn't be surprised if we'll be able to watch the Nintendo Direct broadcasts through it as well.

So, the story is pretty much the same as it's always been: Nintendo is not making smartphone games, but they are making an app which they hope will lead more customers to their own hardware products like the Wii U and 3DS. This is pretty much exactly what Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime said back in December, and what Iwata reiterated after announcing Nintendo's dismal sales forecast a couple of weeks ago. If those plans change in any way, we'll let you know, and we'll keep our ear to the ground for any news about the upcoming Nintendo app and when that might be released.

[The Verge]

  • oddyoh

    Nintend-NO!

  • Holcman

    I guess we're all entitled to our own opinions on this, so I won't judge anyone on their stand on this. I, personally, won't get this app due to the fact that I don't have a 3DS or WiiU.

    • MrAlbum

      That is reasonable. If ya don't have the hardware, why get the app? It's solid logic, and I applaud that.

      • ZarieoZ

        Well.. I kinda feel the sarcasm. I think that it defies the purpose if the app will only benefit the current customer base that Nintendo has, if the whole point was to attract new customers to their own hardware then they need to make the app have stuff that attracts those to-be-customers to the app in the first place.

      • loox

        Exactly! It's like the smartest, most educated, highly paid people at Nintendo and this is the best they could come up with: marketing to their own customers.
        It's so silly. Looks like Nintendo is insisting on letting their pride bankrupt them.

      • shakunetsu

        nintendo silly pride. see how sega and neo geo survive. yeah why would i get those app if it would be exclusive for nintendo player. gamers these days are fanboys but not elites who love exclusive stuff. that business plan would do nothing to miss there brands. what they need to do is use nostalgia experience on apps to make people miss there stuff. IMHO.

    • ikari_paul

      I have a 3DS, and i wouldnt get a minigame app too.

      which isnt going to be relased anyway, so its all theoretical

  • Kane

    :'(

    • 21tigermike

      God only knows what Nintendo is trying to say at this point. Their PR should have been fired 10 times over for this past week's "work".

  • lanights

    I have all then ROMS I want of yours Nintendo. So I will make this decision for myself. ;)

    • ikari_paul

      how fun is it to play roms on a touchdevice? like the real thing, huh...

      also, if you have the roms already, you wouldnt have bought them trough the appstore, right? so, why would you want nintendo to give up on their 3DS (which is selling OK and making them money), to switch to a device where nobody would buy their stuff, unless it were free, cracked or 99c?!
      you see the stupid logic behind this...right?

      • M M

        Because for a buck or two is would be optimized for the ios and not just a rom. Unless all these classics are on the 3DS now nintendo isn't giving anything up. These are classic games that are just sitting around not making a dime.

      • Edwin Ramirez

        "optimized" for the ios.
        There, fixed that up for you.

      • 21tigermike

        "unless it were free, cracked or 99c?! "

        Sorry, was that a cute reference to SquareEnix, who sells a wide range of $7-$15 retro titles?

  • pouffie

    Ha, their loss. I would have paid big bucks to play zelda on my ipad

    • ikari_paul

      would you pay 40$ for a touchdevice zelda? doubt it... but even if you would, the vast majority wouldnt. people associate "cheap games" with smartdevices, and premium games barely sell, from what ive seen so far.

      • ZarieoZ

        I think xcom and oceanhorn are doing pretty good. Specially xcom having thousands of reviews (Those are only the ones that decided to review. So my verdict, I used to think like you, but from what I've seen, when something is really worth it & shows the quality, people pay premium prices regardless of the device they are playing on.

      • Arcite

        The difference being, the sheer market size of iOS is many times larger than Nintendo's devices.

  • hourglass

    Nintendo is a sinking ship. Mobile platforms are life boats. If they don't get aboard, they will drown.

    • ikari_paul

      buttonless platforms are the future of gaming?! f****, the industry is really doomed. touchdevices are nice for casual 5min breaks, or bordgames/card games on the ipad, but a "touchdevice" is certainly not the future. a lot of gamers want buttons.others dont. theres choice for everybody.

      also, lets not forget, nintendo is doing not that bad on the handheld front. its the home-console market that theyre having trouble with. so, why would Nintendo release their games on a marketplace flooded with 99cent & F2P junk?!

      of course there a a good games on ios (love the boardgames and graphic adventures on my ipad), but for other genres, a dedicated handheld with buttons is a must, imo

      • hourglass

        Guess what iOS is getting? Controllers, you bloody plebeian.

      • rewind

        That is, if anyone ever buys them....

      • 21tigermike

        So which is it? Do people desperately want buttons or not?!

      • Arcite

        FYI, apple is working on haptic feedback touch screens. Touchscreens are the future...buttons are not.

    • mclifford82

      They've been told that before. Everyone laughed at the Wii for not having HD, saying Nintendo missed that boat too. They did just fine.

      Why do people still doubt them?

      • loox

        Because the Wii U (with a controller the size of a Nook) is an epic fail by any standard.

        It's like they recognized the significance of the mobile platform to completely pervert their Wii controller to look like one but not to port their games to mobile. It's like they couldn't have done a worse job if they tried.

      • Boony Tuesday

        My guess is that the WiiU controller was meant to be the console, but the technology wasn't where it needs to be to make it flawless so they added a box.

        The real reason they won't put their games on mobile devices is because the plan to be in direct competition with them.

      • Boony Tuesday

        A: Short term memory.

        If there is anything you can count on Nintendo for, it's innovation and the fact they will always be around.

      • hourglass

        How are they innovative? Razer released a gaming tablet years ago. Nintendo doesn't innovate anymore; they're just one of many companies vying for your money.

      • Boony Tuesday

        Winged controller design, rumble controllers, motion detection, power glove, Power pad, Gameboy, 3DS, on and on... When have they not been innovative? You might not like their products, and Nintendo might not have always been successful with them, but they are always pushing new and innovative ways to interact with software. That's just a fact. When has Sony or Microsoft ever done that?

        And yes, they are vying for your money. That's what businesses do.

      • 21tigermike

        *shrug* If you play AngryBirds Go, which is totally free, you will find HOURS of really really fun gameplay that feels just a LITTLE bit like a MarioKart game. That should terrify Nintendo.

        But you know what? I bet they haven't heard of it. They're so out of touch.

      • Boony Tuesday

        Nah. AngryBirds Go is fun, but it's not MarioKart. It's a solid effort, but it's not nearly as good.

        Nintendo is a hardware company first and foremost. The main reason they make games is to help sell their hardware. Why would they want to make games for competing devices and help competing companies make money? That doesn't make sense.

        Nintendo has been in this situation before and Satoru Iwata has helped make the Wii and 3DS profitable after sluggish beginnings. Nintendo is smart, and they always turn things around.

    • rewind

      So Nintendo needs to make their own smartphone then

      • 21tigermike

        I was going to write that, considering Japan famously had great phones as far back as 10 yrs ago... but the obvious retort to that is.. Nintendo doesn't have a handheld problem. The 3DS has sold over 40million units.

        They have a console problem. And that is a real headscratcher. Maybe the home console business needs to just go away, and Nintendo should focus on mobile gaming....? Sad.

    • gora

      You realize getting on board means cannibalizing their 3DS. Right now it's doing well. Also, how far has Sega gotten from iOS? I think if Nintendo is to succeed in the mobile arena it'll be through new games just designed for the mobile device instead of simply porting.

  • AngryBaby

    I've been an active iOS gamer since 3GS. Played the hell out of many AAA games like Oceanhorn, KOTOR, H&C, XCOM to name a few. I loved these games and countless others. Lately though, I've found the iOS game catalog to be a real drag. From the constant complaints about IAP and timers to the overwhelming amount of straight garbage in the App Store, I finally decided I'd had enough.

    I was fortunate to be able to buy a 3DS XL and have been loving it ever since. The game library is so impressive, even though I've spent all my time up to this point on FE:A and MH3U. I never thought I would need another piece of hardware besides iPhone/iPad but I think game developers have pushed people like me away so much lately that more people are starting to look at 3DS and Vita as legitimate alternatives. It's almost the backlash of iOS gaming getting too successful, too fast. It's not sustainable in the current marketplace.

    So I advise anyone who is interested to go check out the 3DS, see if you like it. Sure, it's expensive and the games are too, but it does for me what iOS gaming can't: deliver a 24/7 great experience with no restrictions and a wealth of premium titles.

    • Boony Tuesday

      You get what you pay for.

    • McBlink

      After reading the article I thought the top comment was going to consist of, HAHAHAHA LMAO NInTendo is stoopid I want mariO & zELDa on my phone!!!!!!!! Was pleasantly surprised and I agree wholeheartedly with what you said. i was a big iPad gamer for years but for reasons you listed, not so much anymore. I'm still curious about mobile games which is why i still visit this site but it's been a while since my last download. I own both 3DS and Vita and while the 3DS has more games the Vita is still worth checking out, especially if you never owned a PSP.

  • Morgan01

    I have no intention of using any of my iDevices as a marketing tool for Nintendo. The thought is just absurd!

    • ikari_paul

      others are.maybe itll come as a shock to you, but youre not the centre of world. i know, terrifying

      • Morgan01

        I have an opinion and am entitled to express it. It's called freedom of speech.

      • ikari_paul

        me too. its also called freedom of speech. glad we could share obvious answers

      • Morgan01

        Good, then you should obvious understand me expressing my opinion doesn't make me think I'm the center of the universe.

      • mclifford82

        What is your goddamn problem? Morgan01: "I have", "my iDevices". Not yours. Not everyone elses. His.

      • NinjaKitteh

        I'd imagine his main problem is being the shape of a giant douchebag his whole life. Can you imagine the ridicule heaped upon someone who has never resembled in the slightest the human form. Years of torment from normal humans about his douchebag looks have obviously calloused his heart and turned his insides into the same twisted shape of his outer form, that of a douchebag.

      • MrAlbum

        This comment sounds like it comes from a bully. No amount of sarcasm can mask the implied disgust and trollish attitude behind its creation. Not only is it derogatory, but it is also slanderous.

        Simply saying "I don't like what you say and I will never like it" gets your point across without coming off as negatively as you did before, IMHO.

      • Adan

        Oh, he is most definitely a bully, and a vile one at that. He trolls every article putting down anyone who doesn't share his views, surely taking frustrations about himself on others.

      • NinjaKitteh

        Yeah, because pointing out Ikari for being a blatant douchebag is bullying. Damn...you got me. I better change my evil ways.

  • ikari_paul

    Was anything else to be expected? Nintendo is doing reasonably well on the handheld market (well, not in the same numbers as the DS, but that console is the most successful console in history, so thats touch challenge).

  • Poo

    I'd get the ps vita before a 3ds.

    • ikari_paul

      3DS all the way for me.
      glad we could share

      • Boony Tuesday

        Haven't played the Vita, but the 3DS is pretty awesome.

  • Aventador

    Funny thing is their mini-games or whatever they're planning for iOS will probably suck so hard on touch screen and people will get even more frustrated for Nintendo not respecting and feeding them with side garbage to promote their games.
    I bet on either endless runner or card game.

    • MrAlbum

      The article said that they are NOT making games for iOS. I would assume that means mini games as well.

      • Aventador

        Go read latest interview with CEO ; they are giving teams open hands with Nintendo IPs and it's not excluded that we'll see some mini-games with Nintendo characters in them.
        I don't see any point in just launching video app with previews, that won't benefit them at all.

      • ikari_paul

        but then again, how would it profit them to release proper games in a marketplace, where the 99c + f2p business models reign supreme?! barely anybody makes real profits on IOS (on android barely nobody), with the exception of Angry Birds and Simpsons F2P.

      • MicroByte

        Yup, can't wait to get my hands on an iOS Waluigi game!

      • ikari_paul

        just curious. how much would you be willing to pay for a nintendo game on ios? i mean, a proper, 3ds quality one?

      • MicroByte

        If it were truly up to some of the best Nintendo game standards, I would pay the price a 3DS game would cost. I own a 3DS and really do love the system and feel that the games are worth the price.

        Mind you, I'm also not the type that complains about iOS games being $9.99 either. If I feel the value is there and it's worth my time/money, I'll buy it.

      • timmis6010

        Look, I understand your point of view and respect it but how many times are you going to post this same god damn point? It seems that every other comment on these Nintendo articles has been you saying "how much would you pay for a nintendo game on your phone?!" or "would you pay $40 for a zelda game on your phone?! I think not! *sniffs own fart*". And most of the time it is towards a person who has made no mention of price points at all. The fine members of toucharcade are more than capable of reading. I am more concerned than irritated at you because it is borderline sad dude.

  • tru360

    Sooo Nintendo flushes away their hopes of ever having a comeback

    • ikari_paul

      they did with the Wii1 last gen, and noone saw it coming.

      something i dont understand with your reasoning. because nintendo is not having success with the WiiU (living room console), it should release games on smartphones? but theyre actually doing well on the handheld market (3DS is selling OK). so what has a smartdevice (handheld) to do with the livibng room console (wiiu)

      also, who said that gamespublishers make a lot of money with smartdevices?! few do, like Angry Birds, PvZ or Simpsons, but theyre usually pretty shallow games, that are around 99c or F2P crap.

      so, the million dollar question is: how would Nintendo & gamers profit from the shitty/ultracasual business model that is in place on the smartdevice market? would you pay 30-40$ for a proper Mario & Zelda? Doubt it...

      • M M

        Does the 3DS have all of the classic NES games?

      • ikari_paul

        the classic and most famous ones, it does. maybe not the whole catalog, but what console has every classic game available? then again, what i consider as a great classic game, you might find irrelevant.

      • M M

        I was just honestly curious. I haven't used a 3DS so I didn't know of it had any of the classics on there.

      • 61050

        i play my sons 3ds when he is asleep all the time when im in the mood for a zelda or megaman 2 speedrun. not as fun as playing zelda emulated at 150% speed, but thats besides the point.

  • SuperWeird

    I gave up entirely on nintendo's games ever moving to iOS this past summer, and just went ahead and bought a 3DSXL. That was the smartest decision I've made (in regards to games) in decades, because the 3DSXL is absolutely fantastic. Before this I spent all my time with iOS games, but the quality and depth of Nintendo's $40 first party games don't even compare to 99cent iOS games - Nintendo simply blows them out of the water, you really get what you pay for. IMO the 3DS is their best system since the SNES. I also broke down and bought a Vita, but the 3DS is what I spend most my time on. I still love a good iOS game, but the 3DS is worth the money easily. And this is coming from someone with a jailbroken iPhone and iPad with every retro Nintendo game ever made on them. The 3DS is still worth it.

    • ikari_paul

      same boat. also bought a 3DSXL last XMAS... and also cant understand how you actually can compare a smartdevice to a dedicated handheld, considering the games and target audiences are very different.

      Love my ipad3, love the boardgames and graphic adventures on it, but i play different games on each device, and the last thing people need is games dumbed & cheaped down into a fit-it-all device

      also, who says that you can make the same amount of money on IOS than you can on a dedicated platfrom? people are dead wrong to think that the same business models can work on any device. except a couple of casual (angry birds, pvz) or F2P games (simpsons), noone makes any serious money on IOS. And the ones that do, are casual/f2p crap, that noone in their right mind plays more than 10min a time

      • curtisrshideler

        I absolutely love the Sonic and Sega remakes on iOS. And I've bought them whenever they've popped up on the App Store. If Nintendo just ported their classics, I'd buy them in a heartbeat for my iDevices. Don't see how that could hurt them. It would just get them more money. Because almost all of you who want their devices already have them. I won't buy another Nintendo device again.

      • ikari_paul

        personally, dont think that Sega makes that much money with the classic re-releases on IOS. If nintendo did that, it would not sell those games on 3DS and devaluate the platform, thus creating a problem where none exists... the 3DS is actually doing fine, so why put it in danger? It makes sense to the average gamer to have as many choices as possible, but it doesnt make much sense to nintendo to offer a choice beyond their platform.

        and im not even mentioning the problem many gamers have with platform games on touchdevices. personally, i need buttons

      • M M

        Except they might make money on someone who wouldn't buy a 3DS but might want to play classic nes on the device they already carry with them every day.

  • armilla

    I am definitely sick of the Nintendo news. After hearing the argument of their properties being devalued if brought to other platforms over and over (which I respect and agree with), and the insistence of never doing do a dozen times in the last year, this is alI want: make games that compel me to buy your systems!

    • Galenmereth

      I think you need to check out the available games for 3DS, then. There really is something for everyone, and lots of it.

  • Steve Sabol

    Interesting that the author is looking forward to using the iOS app to buy games for his Nintendo device rather than use the "cumbersome" shop on the device itself. That doesn't seem like a comparison Nintendo would want to invite. "Buy a Nintendo because you don't have to use our crappy software to buy things!"

    It seems like this app, as speculated, will be a nice addition for existing Nintendo gamers. I don't see how this will draw a new audience to their platforms, though.

  • curtisrshideler

    Save your time and money, Nintendo. The people who want your devices probably already own them. I just got an expensive phone that I use for most of my gaming. And if I can't legally pay to play your games, then a marketing app isn't going to convince me to. If you don't want to take our money for full mobile ports of your games, then don't waste YOUR money making pointless, needless apps. It just further shows your terrible decision-making regarding finances and the gaming industry as a whole.

  • M M

    Thank goodness we have jailbreaks, roms and emulators.

    • ikari_paul

      +1 reason to never release any game on devices where you can easily jailbreak. fact is, 90% of people would just pirate nintendo games, if they were ever released on ios/droid.
      the other 10%, wouldnt want to pay more than 99c. say it isnt so :P

      • M M

        Isn't that true of most things though? If I can pirate a computer game, then that computer game company shouldn't release computer games?

      • Aventador

        Ikari_paul your logic is very flawed, you're using classic stereotypes which can be found on any PC forum regarding mobile games/ gamers in your defense and you should stop white-knighting in defense for Nintendo; I have nothing agains Nintendo as a company, hell I owned many of their consoles and handhelds in my youth, but their current CEO is a disgrace to whole company.

    • Boony Tuesday

      Thank goodness for you that you're dishonest or otherwise, you wouldn't be able to enjoy Nintendo games!

      • M M

        Since I grew up with nintendo I've already paid for these games at one point. How is it dishonest again?

      • Boony Tuesday

        How often do you pay for food or shoes? Do you think it's ok to steal a pair of sneakers because you paid for the same brand of shoes before or the same type of potato chips?

        For the same reason, it's dishonest.

      • toofinedog

        Not exactly the same. When you purchase a game, you purchase the license (i. e. the permission) to use it. If you have your library of NES games stuffed away in storage, you are doing absolutely nothing illegal if you're playing a ROM version of any of those stored games. When you purchase a pair of shoes, you don't purchase the license from Nike to wear their Swoosh on your feet. You pay for the physical shoes themselves.

      • Boony Tuesday

        That is incorrect. Unless Nintendo gives you permission to freely distribute their software, pirating software is against the law. (FYI, they do not.)

        Also, when you bought a game for the NES, you bought the physical cartridge for playing games on the NES, not a license to freely distribute their software. Big difference.

      • M M

        And I would pay like I would pay for nes games if they made them available.

        Yet an entirely different issue.

      • Boony Tuesday

        So because it's not available for you to purchase legally on your device, that's a good reason to use pirated software? Dishonest people always have a way to justify their actions.

        Here's a web address. ap(dot)nintendo(dot)com, In case you still feel Nintendo gave you a license for a game when you bought a cartridge a long time ago.

  • vectorarchitekt

    I know this would never happen for obvious reasons, but I wish you could download 3DS games through the Wii U shop and play them on it.

  • imuddy

    +1 to Sony and MS.

    • ikari_paul

      sony is making a killing with the vita. so is the windows phone. way to go indeed

      • rewind

        Yea, because the vita costs about 10 million dollars so they make a fortune off of each one. The 3DS has sold over 6x as many units though.

      • otakuzod

        Mainly in Japan, right?

      • rewind

        Japan is the highest, though it's spread pretty evenly over North America, Europe, and Japan. The 3DS has sold 42 million units while the Vita has sold 7 million. The 3DS also had the highest sales of all consoles for the week of January 18, so it's doing more than okay. Those stats are taken from the controversial Vgchartz, so they could be off by millions.

        By the way, Flappy Bird is also the #1 most popular game across all platforms.

  • JCman7

    Way to go Nintendo, smartest decision! Love the plans for the future of the company as well. Nintendo always bounces back and is truly innovative in their ideas.

    • M M

      Making the same game over and over again is innovative?

      • JCman7

        You obviously don't play nintendo games then. They use the same IP but new game mechanics. I was talking about the other announcements during Iwatas conference...

      • Boony Tuesday

        Innovations in hardware more than software. Everything from the winged controller design to rumble controllers to motion detection, Nintendo did it first. If you like anything about your PS or Xbox, you need to thank Nintendo. Sony and Microsoft took Nintendo's ideas and ran with them.

  • ikari_paul

    just curious: how much would people be willing to pay for a 3DS quality game on IOS? just leave a comment with the $/€/£.

    • mclifford82

      What a pointless exercise. They don't exist. I loved the shit out of Oceanhorn, but when you pick up and play the new Zelda ... not even fucking close.

      • rewind

        Really? I've played through a decent amount of Oceanhorn, and my character has never needed to poop. And Zelda, oh boy, I don't even want to talk about that.

  • mclifford82

    Well hey, maybe you should ask them again, just in case they changed their mind since the last thousand times they've said they aren't doing it.

    "So, the story is pretty much the same as it's always been: Nintendo is not making smartphone games" -- no shit. No reasonable person thought they were.

  • rewind

    I actually WOULD be surprised if Nintendo pulls off a nice, clean, easy-to-use app that people will actually download. They just always seem to mess something up.

    • Aventador

      Another fun thing is would Apple actually promote them if app is free and without any IAPs ?

      • 21tigermike

        Nintendo would further legitimize Apple iOS as a gaming platform. I would say "hell to the F'n yes" Apple would brag about it.

  • Adan

    Well, I will make sure to completely avoid all non games from Nintendo. Let them have another year of loses and they'll change their tune!

  • Alexythimia23

    I must be the only one who thinks who cares!! Nintendo go and do one and when your bankrupt we will say we told you so lmao the fact is your games are not that good anymore? Who wants to play mario for zillionth time? Im all for nostalgia but sorry nintendo were surpassed a long time ago, no one really cares about your products anymore which reflects in your abysmal sales. There are plenty of great companies and developers ready to open the ios flood gates and bring us some epic gaming experiences, so all this waiting for nintendo crap?? I probably wouldn't get any of their games anyway, maybe i missed out on some amazing game they made as of late because all i can think of is their mario and pokemon games?! Big woop
    Sorry but i don't get it? They are acting like they have something amazing and its too good to share, and they really dont lol

    • rewind

      You wouldn't have been saying that in 2007 or 2008. Well unless you really hated the Wiggle Box.

  • gmattergames

    Do you think just a year ago Nintendo would even consider any offering any branded application

  • pausiopao

    Ninten-Doh!

  • Azure

    What a shame. I honestly would have been willing to play $5-20 for a decently optimized Mario/Zelda game on iOS. I gave up on my Nintendo hardware long ago because it's just really clunky with outdated hardware.

    There are people who still love nintendo games, but wish that they would vastly improve the graphics with modern/cutting-edge hardware and software.

    Look at any modern realistic 3d ps4/xbone game with a 3rd-person view. If I could see mario/luigi/bowser/zelda/ganadorf/princess peach/yoshi with that level of detail, I would insta-buy the title easily. It doesn't even have to be on iOS. Steam, PS4, XBOne, any of those would work.

  • iAjent

    My original comment seems to have disappeared off this thread, but I'll just mention it again.

    Yesterday on Eurogamer, they published an article reporting an update from a Nintendo presentation they attended in Europe (the news was fresh from the presentation, which also took place yesterday). They quoted Saturo Iwata stating that they have a team working on mobile development for smartphones and tablets and that they haven't ruled anything out, INCLUDING GAMES !

    Obviously seems to completely contradict this article. But then Nintendo seem full of confusing statements lately.

    • 21tigermike

      Again, look at SquareEnix. It's not that complicated: just put games that you have already bled dry on other platforms. Square is very happy to put 20 year old games on the App Store, the opportunity cost is incredibly low, because those games (eg. FF3,4,5,6 even 7) are effectively off the market.

      Cannibalization happens when Nintendo starts creating original titles for the iPhone, then players will start looking at the 3DS sideways.