Nintendo's future does not lie in smartphones. Why did Iwata even suggest that?

#1EGMRULZPosted 1/17/2014 1:24:31 PM
In the past they even said that the "Nintendo value" would be reduced if they released Mario and other games on smartphones and ipads. Well, the recent announcement seems like a backface to me. Why are they even exploring it as an option now? I can't see how they would compete against indies and other publishers that price their games at $0.99 (or free to play). And even if their games are priced low, how can Nintendo survive selling smartphone apps at $4.99 each?
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#2YOLOSWAGBROPosted 1/17/2014 1:26:22 PM
Because Iwata is a moron. He's running the place into the ground.
#3Golden MavenPosted 1/17/2014 1:26:24 PM
Iwata is constantly flip flopping. I'm not surprised at all.
#4AyobroPosted 1/17/2014 1:27:39 PM
The Yamuichi family said if the console dies the IP's die basically

Plus people might not like the games with the phone controls so it'd give nintendo a weird image

there's plenty of games on your phone anyway
#5Paul_AtreidesPosted 1/17/2014 1:27:41 PM
Nintendo should drop the prices of their own VC long before some kind of mobile venture. Or maybe mobile means $5 NES games. Maybe the mobile crowd will bite at that price anyway. I see those garbage mobile FF remakes selling well...
#6sjc1279Posted 1/17/2014 1:27:57 PM
He's about to lose his job and he's running out of idea.
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#7CHAINMAILLEKIDPosted 1/17/2014 1:30:35 PM
I think he's right.
But that the idea of not going onto smart phones shouldn't be an inflexible ideal.

Like, I think simple FTP games, that are essentially adverts for full retail games, but that still have standalone value, would be a viable option.
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#821_21Posted 1/17/2014 1:31:23 PM
Can somebody provide a link to this? I haven't heard of this until now.
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#9Bat178Posted 1/17/2014 1:34:37 PM
We have the 3DS, we don't need smartphones.
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#10arvilinoPosted 1/17/2014 1:40:24 PM(edited)
EGMRULZ posted...
In the past they even said that the "Nintendo value" would be reduced if they released Mario and other games on smartphones and ipads. Well, the recent announcement seems like a backface to me. Why are they even exploring it as an option now? I can't see how they would compete against indies and other publishers that price their games at $0.99 (or free to play). And even if their games are priced low, how can Nintendo survive selling smartphone apps at $4.99 each?


They aren't selling games on smartphone, they want to sell things like the iOS Pokédex to advertise and leverage the mobile market to want their handhelds.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-01-17/nintendo-forecasts-net-loss-on-stagnating-sales-of-wii-u-games.html
Given the expansion of smart devices, we are naturally studying how smart devices can be used to grow the game-player business. It’s not as simple as enabling Mario to move on a smartphone.”


Why make an argument when what you're arguing against isn't even happening?
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