Sep 16th, 2011

There has been some talk of Nintendo entering the smartphone gaming market after the creators of Pokemon released a card-based app game for Android and iOS. Even though it wasn’t Nintendo who directly published the game, Pokemon is a uniquely Nintendo franchise which pretty much got the rumor mill churning. During the Tokyo Game Show that’s taking place on the other side of the world, Nikkei was able to interview Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata and asked him to speak on the rumors of Nintendo releasing games for smartphones. In typical Nintendo fashion, Iwata had this to say,

“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. It’s probably the correct decision in the sense that the moment we started to release games on smartphones we’d make profits. However, I believe my responsibility is not to short term profits, but to Nintendo’s mid and long term competitive strength.”

In other words, NO. You have a greater chance at seeing Apple open source their software than Nintendo officially developing app games for smartphones. Guess it’s back to the emulators..

[Andriasang via Electronista]