Nintendo Denies Report of Plans to Release Demo Games on iOS

Discussion in ' News Discussion' started by MacRumors, Jan 28, 2014.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    A Monday report from Japanese business newspaper Nikkei claimed Nintendo is planning unveil an iOS app to market content for its Wii U and 3DS, with the app allegedly featuring information about new games from Nintendo and the mobile initiative potentially also including playable demos of console and handheld games. In a statement provided to Engadget today, however, Nintendo has denied it is planning to offer such minigames on smartphone platforms.

    Nintendo is at a crossroads as mobile gaming makes gains on both the console and handheld market. The Japanese game maker reported its third consecutive annual loss and adjusted its forecast to reflect a 35 billion yen ($335.76 million) operating loss, instead of the previously projected profit of 100 billion yen. The company also slashed it sales forecasts for the Wii U from 9 million to 2.8 million units and cut its estimates for the 3DS from 18 million to 13.5 million units.

    Many investors and Nintendo fans have called for the legendary game company to embrace mobile platforms, but the company's executives have so far remained steadfast in focusing their valuable game franchises only on Nintendo-branded hardware.

    Article Link: Nintendo Denies Report of Plans to Release Demo Games on iOS
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 25, 2011
    they need to do something to stop losing a ton of money
  3. macrumors 68000


    Aug 14, 2007
    So, in other words, Nintendo just don't get it. They're doomed.
  4. macrumors member


    May 2, 2012
  5. macrumors member

    Sep 17, 2012
    Philadelphia, PA
    In the mean time I jailbreak my phone to play some Ocarina of Time... best game ever. You lose Nintendo.

  6. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 26, 2008
    They went on, "... we firmly believe we will continue to reap on our success from the original Wii gaming console and live in the past and poot away any chances to regain our footing in the gaming industry!"
  7. macrumors newbie

    Jan 28, 2014
    Oh but yes...God forbid.
    If they revamped the old Super Mario like games and started releasing new games on iOS they could possibly make some money, which seems to be a great danger lately :confused:
  8. macrumors 6502


    Oct 18, 2013
    They could so easily make a ton of money making an Rayman Jungle Run inspired Mario game.
  9. macrumors 65816


    May 3, 2013
    Fine. No one believed that report anyway. It is too much effort to make Mario run on iOS only for a demo, which couldn't even reproduce the gameplay without physical controls. Meanwhile Nintendos real problems remain unaddressed.
  10. macrumors 68040

    Jun 20, 2007
    Exactly. There are many titles that people would shell out good money for if it was on an iPad/iPhone. Huge mistake on their part.
  11. macrumors regular


    Sep 24, 2012
    Iwata's actions, if true, look like the Germanic tribe response to the Roman army in the initial scene of "Gladiator".

    The dialogue between Quintus and Maximus at that moment is also very appropriate:

    Quintus: People should know when they are conquered.
    Maximus: Would you, Quintus? Would I?
  12. macrumors regular


    Aug 12, 2010
  13. macrumors 68000


    May 28, 2008
    You need to get your butt in gear Nintendo. You'll fall by the wayside. Ask Sega.
  14. macrumors 65816


    May 3, 2013
  15. macrumors 65816

    Feb 4, 2011
    This is what happens when the same company develops hardware and software.
  16. macrumors member


    Jan 20, 2010
    New York, NY
    this would be a good move for Nintendo, demos for the mobile sphere, and save your real games for your devices.

    If Nintendo steps into the mobile gaming market they will waste a lot of energy trying to compete in a whole new area of gaming. they will be developing new software or porting old software to two new platforms (android and iOS), that are fragmented over different types of hardware, and competing with developers who have been there for many years already.

    Go play Super Mario 3D world and then tell me you can replicate that on a phone. I'm sorry but you can't.

    Nintendo's place is in the living room or a mobile device of their design, not your smartphone.

    The next Smash Bros,. and Zelda, and Mario Kart, and other 1st party titles will be a shot in the arm for Wii U sales, the console will likely go the route of the Gamecube, which was not a success but was still profitable by the end of it's run.

    Nintendo's next move should be as the recent rumors have pointed to; a console/handheld fusion device with backwards compatibility to Wii and Wii U, support from Nintendo's online market, and specs at least somewhere in the ballpark of the current offerings from Microsoft and Sony.

    A seamless mobile and living room gaming experience.

    Did mac clones help Apple? No.

    Then why would Nintendo commit suicide just so you can play Mario on your iPhone?

    Aside from top notch game making and an earned reputation for making some of the best games in the business, the most valuable thing Nintendo has is its catalog of retro games and its intellectual properties.

    Putting those games and/or properties on other devices is like throwing money away for Nintendo.

    When you buy a game on Nintendo's virtual console they earn 100 percent of the profit, if they were bleeding them off onto other devices they would be earning less than if they sold it themselves.
  17. macrumors 68020


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA
    What a let down. I knew playing old school Zelda on my iPad was to good to be true.
  18. macrumors 68000

    Aug 23, 2011
    if nintendo CEO doesn't do anything about it quick, Mario is going to end up working as a plumber.
  19. macrumors member


    Oct 24, 2013
    I think Nintendo are working on a smartphone that can play Nintendo games.
  20. macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Nintendo confirms it will continue its current strategy of downward spiral.
  21. macrumors 6502

    Jan 13, 2003
    I agree, well said!
  22. macrumors 6502

    Mar 18, 2013
    I can see thsm making mini games that some how augment existing games on the wii-u. Like a character creator that u can send to the wii and race him in mario kart kart or something.
  23. macrumors 6502


    Mar 2, 2010
    As much as I want Mario Bros or Mario Kart on my iPhone/iPad? You are 100% right. It only makes sense if they no longer get to the point where they see a profit from the hardware. If the R&D costs are never recouped. Their brand value isn't hardware, it is their intellectual property, i.e., Mario.

    When looked at that way, they are the exact opposite of Apple. Apples value lies in it's hardware. Their software supports their hardware and makes it shine.

    Nintendo's value lies in it's software. Their hardware is a way to control the game experience.
  24. macrumors 68020


    Nov 14, 2002
    Charleston, SC
    They'll probably wait until the last minute to switch to mobile and go the way of the Blackberry and RIM...
  25. macrumors newbie

    Jan 25, 2014
    Are you kidding me? What does Apple do? I'm pretty sure they make hardware and the software that runs on it.

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