Has anyone not released an Android tablet at this stage in the game? Tesco has an Android tablet, Argos has an Android tablet, and heck – even Jan recently released his first Android tablet: the Jan ST500 Ultra Note Pro.
Ok, maybe that last one was a lie, but here’s a name we definitely didn’t expect to see on an Android tablet: Nintendo.
That’s the story according to Nando Monterazo, Software Engineer at Nintendo of America. He fired out a number of tweets teasing a Nintendo-built Android tablet, which have since been removed, but not before the “blogosphere” (sorry) took note.
One such tweet read: "Experimenting with a tablet of Nintendo, the system is based on android, fully modified and unified as a database of the tablet.”
Sadly, we shouldn’t expect to see classic Nintendo games from the SNES, NES and/or Game Boy on there, as the tablet – if it comes to fruition – will supposedly be an educational device for wee ones. Lucky sonsof…
To date, Nintendo has refused to move into the mobile arena, rolling its eyes at the quick-fix nature of the games, but various reports have shown how revenue on the App Store and Google Play is in fact higher than that of gaming-optimised handhelds (i.e. the Nintendo 3DS and Sony Vita).
Perhaps it'd be silly to turn a blind eye entirely, and a Nintendo Android tablet could be a first step towards seeing Nintendo's magic in mobile.