An exciting report from Japanese-language site Nikkei yesterday suggested Nintendo would finally start taking advantage of smartphones to promote its products, with information on new games, free video and - most interestingly - mini-games.
Alas, the Big N has quickly shot that notion down in flames, confirming that it has “no plans” to release mini-games on smartphones, free or otherwise.
It’s long been rumoured – or suggested – that Nintendo might – or should – release games on smartphones, following in the footsteps of its former rival and now-friend Sega.
Games like Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective and Rhythm Thief & the Paris Caper have shown that Nintendo DS ports can work incredibly well on the touch screen, and in Nintendo’s absence, we have games like Paint it Back and Oceanhorn shamelessly ripping off Ninty classics like Picross and Zelda respectively.
The comments were made by Nikkei ahead of Nintendo’s financial Q3 earnings call, but when Engadget reached out, Nintendo came back with the following statement:
"Nikkei's article contains information previously stated by Mr. Iwata during past press conferences, including statements which relate to Nintendo's willingness to make use of smart devices to promote our products.
“However during such past announcements Mr. Iwata has also stated that Nintendo's intention is not to make Nintendo software available on smart devices and as such, we can confirm that there are no plans to offer mini-games on smartphone devices.”
With smartphone games chipping away at the Nintendo 3DS (and the Sony PS Vita), you have to think it’s only a matter of time before Ninty swallows its pride. There’s money to be made, man. Just ask Sega.