Nintendo squashes rumors that they’ll be releasing mini-games for smartphones and tablets later this year



Yesterday, a report from Japanese publication Nikkei suggested that we would soon see Nintendo enter into the mobile market with “mini-games” and other digital content later this year. This morning, Nintendo was quick to squash these rumors (and fanboys’ hearts in the process) like a Goomba, releasing 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 minigames on smartphone devices.“

While we weren’t expecting full fledged mobile titles featuring Nintendo’s iconic franchises, it seems smartphones and tablets wont be receiving any type of gaming content in any capacity. Well, not by official means anyway.

While this means mini-games are out of the question, keep in mind Nintendo did confirm Mr. Iwata’s plans to leverage mobile devices if, for nothing else, than to help promote their products. Although specifics weren’t given, we hope this means more than simple game FAQs and extends into 2nd-screen functionality (or at least a live wallpaper or 2).

Even though this blogger is in possession of every Nintendo console currently available, sometimes I can’t help but wonder if Nintendo’s stubbornness wont eventually be the downfall of The House Mario Built. Keep doing you, Nintendo.


Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. They’re saying this now but they’ll be making games for iOS and Android sooner than one would believe. With the way the Wii U is struggling, they’re going to have to make money through a different a source and there’s no way that source will be another new console. Maybe they’ll get desperate and release a new handheld or something?

    1. They have this awesome portable device. It’s called the 3DS. Maybe you’ve heard of it. Its insanely popular.

      In all seriousness, the 3DS makes them mountains of money and making games for iOS or Android could potentially cannibalize those sales.

      And even though the Wii U is struggling, it will get a huge boost in sales once Mario Kart, Zelda, and Smash Bros are released.

      1. Yes, that is true, but they won’t be getting a cent out of me, because I don’t feel the need to own 2 devices to carry around, and would never stop using my Nexus 7 (2013) for a 3DS, nor would I ever buy the next Nintendo portable system over the next Nexus 7.

      2. While I appreciate the snarky sarcasm, I am well aware of the 3DS. I own a 3DS, so I don’t really need an update on how awesome it actually is. If you’d notice, I said if they get desperate, they might release a new handheld. I said this because they can’t possibly release a new console when it’s only a year old. They’re going to need to inject life into their profit margins because right now they are burning money.

        As much as some believe, creating games for Android or iOS isn’t going to cannibalize sales for any consoles, at least for right now. Games on smartphones are generally designed to be short bursts of gaming, the majority of games aren’t meant to be played for hours on end. Creating games for smartphones would be an entirely different mindset, someone buying games for a smartphone won’t avoid buying games for consoles because they are two entirely different things. With the way the gaming industry is evolving with smartphones though, we are getting close to the point where they can overtake handhelds. So eventually, you may be right about cannibalizing sales on the console and handheld end.

  2. still got that baton stuck up your a$$ I see, Nintendo.

    1. You mean a Wiimote?

      1. lmao! even better!

  3. As long as Nintendo has a gameboy and pokemon they will be fine

    1. No lie, I was thinking the same thing.

    2. and to that..I will say two words: emulators, roms

    3. And now they have Monster Hunter too.

  4. I didn’t think so. With the popularity of the 3ds Nintendo has no reason to do this.

    1. tell that to my little bro who gave a away a mint condition 3DS that collected dust in the closet and then copped a PS Vita with 4 games… the 3DS is pretty awesome if you <9

      1. Doesn’t mean it isn’t popular there’s always going to be someone who wants a vita or a psp… even though it isn’t selling that well.

      2. Your awesome sample size of 1 doesn’t mean anything. The 3DS is a huge success any way you look at it.

    2. Yes, tapping into vast new revenue streams by releasing mini games on the most popular electronic devices the world has ever seen is a terrible idea. /s

      1. If course it is! Because you what happens after that people complain that they’re not releasing the full games there. And Nintendo’s stock prices drop..

      2. Or ya know, doing that may cannibalize their sales.

  5. Wake me up when Nintendo releases products on PS4.

    1. wake me up when its all over, when I’m wiser and I’m older, all this time I was finding my self, and I, didn’t know I was lost….

      1. This is why I’m happy I have Google All Access. This very reason. To play that song right now… literally.

    2. You’ll likely be asleep for a long time. Then again, I suppose it’s possible for Nintendo to go the way of Sega, ditching a failing console and making games for other consoles.

    3. OP will surely deliver.jpg

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  6. Could someone explain the picture? Is their some symbolism in the bananas that I’m missing?

    1. Bananas..Donkey Kong..Nintendo…”face-palm”

    2. Him staring at the bananas represents Nintendo being clueless.

  7. I gotta say, the Wii U gets WAY more playtime at my house than the Xbone or PS4. 3 college kids…spending our money wisely.

    1. IKR!? They are unprepared for that Nintendo Land. That’s what I’m saying though. Nintendo’s market is completely different from MS’s and Sony’s. Those two target hardcore gamers, and online gamers. Nintendo seems to be targeting people who play locally.

      Eh… I hope they stay. I like them.

  8. Nintendo is the next Sega

  9. Wouldn’t it be more appropriate to get a picture of him holding squash? :p

  10. Lol.. Love it when cry babies wanna play Nintendo on their Xbox / PS / iPhone.. Just buy a 3ds you cheapskates!

    1. What if we already play Nintendo titles on our smart phones and tablets using 3rd party emulators? Which Nintendo 64 titles are available on Nintendo 3DS…? I’m willing to pay the money for official Nintendo Android games. If Nintendo doesn’t want the additional revenue that’s fine by me.

      1. Thank you. I was more than willing to pay for an Android copy of some old school games. Then I could play against my friends, hook it up to my TV and play like that instead of using these emulators that can’t play Yoshi Story. =.[

    2. I reckon people just don’t want to have to carry two devices.

  11. Has anyone seen a wii U commercial on tv lately??

  12. Nintendo will share the same fate as blackberry…

  13. I don’t want any Nintendo franchises on Xbox because they’ve gone and ruined them all. Seriously, stop making “2.5D” and actually work hard on your games! I’m so glad they don’t own the rights to Banjo-Kazooie because I’d rather there never be a sequel than for Nintendo to destroy it (although Rare did a good job at that with N&B). I mean look at what they’re doing with Donkey Kong and Mario!

    1. That’s the thing. Rare made those games back in the day. Nintendo made the characters. So if Nintendo still had the rights to Rare, I don’t think Donkey Kong would be what it is today.

      Though I don’t mind it, actually. Donkey Kong Country is an alright game. I still feel like it’s the same game. Nintendo, themselves, are not some hardcore game makers. They’re great at making family games, party games, local multiplayer games.

      If you bring up hardcore games that have appeared on Nintendo, think about it, Was it Nintendo that made the game, or a licensed company?

    2. Yea look at the highly successful Mario Galaxy series, New Super Mario Bros. Series, Super Mario 3D Land & World, and Donkey Kong Country Returns. Nintendo’s the only company making REAL platformers still.

  14. Good for Nintendo. There’s no way in hell they’ll sell the product that’s making them money to third parties, e.g. 3DS and its content.

    I applaud them for still making their own software and hardware in a tough market. I’ll keep supporting cuz I can’t let go of Zelda and now Monster Hunter.

    Oh and Chris glad to hear you also own a Wii U, off screen play is the best thing in gaming.

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