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As a part of its push into mobile gaming, Nintendo is considering creating physical controllers and other kinds of hardware for different types of mobile games and experiences, reports Polygon. Shinya Takahashi, Nintendo's general manager of entertainment planning and development, discussed the possibility at the company's annual shareholders meeting.

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"Physical controllers for smart device applications are available in the market and it is possible that we may also develop something new by ourselves," Takahashi said. "I believe Nintendo's way of thinking is to look at whether action games are really not impossible (without a physical controller for smart device applications) to create and how we can make it happen to create such a game."
In the console and handheld gaming spaces, Nintendo has taken to crafting unique controllers that the company can take advantage of with its first-party games. Nintendo's unique controllers include a reverse trident design, motion control remotes and dual-screen handhelds.

Apple added support for iOS game controllers with iOS 7, expanding its Made for iPhone program to include game controller accessories. More recently, the company dropped its requirement for tvOS games to support the Siri Remote, allowing game developers to create more complex games for the fourth-generation Apple TV.

Nintendo also reiterated its commitment to create mobile app experiences that aren't games, like its social lifestyle game / app Miitomo. The company still has plans to release five smartphone games by March 2017, with Miitomo already released and Pokemon GO set to debut later this month. Smartphone games based on Nintendo franchises Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing will arrive later this year.

Article Link: Nintendo Considering Creating Physical Controllers for Smartphones and Tablets
 

ArtOfWarfare

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YES. This is the biggest reason gaming hasn't worked on mobile. Every controller currently available is subpar and overpriced. Give me a real controller with real games and I'll gladly pay ~$50 for the games like I do on my Wii U right now.
 

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YES. This is the biggest reason gaming hasn't worked on mobile. Every controller currently available is subpar and overpriced. Give me a real controller with real games and I'll gladly pay ~$50 for the games like I do on my Wii U right now.
There is no shortage of high-quality controllers on the market, especially those that have come out in the last year.
 

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Eh, it's all in the games, and the last great Nintendo games were the earlier DS and later GC games (2004-2006-ish). Only exception was Mario Kart 7 (2011). Sadly, I'm no longer interested.
 
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I'd pay up to $100 for a Nintendo controller (willing to pay that to support them), plus Nintendo DS prices for each game ($30-$45) just to have my games on my iPad.
[doublepost=1467769689][/doublepost]They lose on the sale of a $200 DS in leu of a $100 controller, but they would expand their user base tremendously because I doubt that are many people like me who will go and buy a DS for classic games.

Whether I'm right or not, I have no idea. I trust Nintendo's marketing and sales team have evaluated their options.
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Yay. We might finally get controller that isn't ugly.
Often times, ergonomic = Ugly.

I'd rather have plastic monstrosity that was durably, clicky, and fit my hands perfectly than a smooth piece of aluminum that is only 7.8mm thick with touch buttons.
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How about they consider making an app that somebody wants to buy first.

They already have: Zelda series, SSB, Pokemon, Fire Emblem, etc. These are applications, just not for iOS. They just refuse to expand them beyond their native platform.
 

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If they are going to make announcements like this, then they should just close shop and liquidate theirs assets and IP. So sad what they've become...
 

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If they are going to make announcements like this, then they should just close shop and liquidate theirs assets and IP. So sad what they've become...
They have enough money to sustain themselves for quite a long time, loss or not, so they can afford to take risks and experiment on a lot of things. Selling out would be one of the worst business decisions they could make at the moment.
 

Madmic23

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Hey, Nintendo might finally be listening to me! :)

I've said for years that they should just make a controller for iOS and have games designed specifically for it. Of course due to the app store rules the games would have to be playable without the controller, but owning one would make them play better.

Finally, Nintendo makes the right decision that will keep them in business.

They could very easily and quickly become the top iOS game developer.

You know what would make it even better? An official Nintendo iOS controller. They could make all of their games play just fine with touchscreen controls, but give people the option to play with a controller made by Nintendo. Then they can still get some hardware revenue out of all of this.

I think that Nintendo should partner with Apple to make an iOS controller that works with all of our iDevices as well as AppleTVs. You'd be able to purchase Nintendo games from the App Store, but you'd need the controller to play them. That way, Nintendo would still get their hardware cut that they need.

Maybe just make an official Nintendo app with classic games available as in app purchases, and all of the games can be air played to AppleTV.

Sure, this will probably never happen, but it would probably be the best thing to help Nintendo's sales.
 
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I'm not really sure I'm willing to support Nintendo any further after what they pulled with the "New" 3DS I have the "Old" 3DS and Nintendo released a bunch of Super Nintendo games in the market and the old 3ds won't play them because the hardware is to old according to them, we are talking about 20+ year old games that require newer hardware. I have heard that Nintendo has the money to operate at a loss for a number of years and I'm guessing they will eventually find out just how long they can survive because unless the next home console is a powerhouse that doesn't have a name associated with going to the bathroom they might as well change the name to Sega. iOS/Android does what Nintendon't
 

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Nintendo should go the way of Sega, and become a 3rd party gaming company. They would make so much money that it wouldn't even be funny if they market their games to PS4, AppleTV, Android/iOS.

The Wii U is garbage, bought it for my son and it drives him and me nuts that the gameplay is a must for certain games. I doubt their new system will even have a shot against the PS4 which is the current juggernaut system in terms of sales.
 

neoelectronaut

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How about they consider making an app that somebody wants to buy first.

You mean to tell me people actually buy iOS Apps?

Huh.

On-topic: Gross.

Nintendo should go the way of Sega, and become a 3rd party gaming company. They would make so much money that it wouldn't even be funny if they market their games to PS4, AppleTV, Android/iOS.

The Wii U is garbage, bought it for my son and it drives him and me nuts that the gameplay is a must for certain games. I doubt their new system will even have a shot against the PS4 which is the current juggernaut system in terms of sales.

Have you paid any attention to Sega's software output over the last 15 years? They went from making some stellar Dreamcast titles and some great games during the sixth generation but as the years went on they made less and less and now they're basically a (Terrible) Sonic games developer along with a handful of strategy titles for PC. Hell, Nintendo had to come along and salvage Bayonetta 2 from them.

I'd very much like Nintendo not go the way of Sega, thank you very much.

I'm not really sure I'm willing to support Nintendo any further after what they pulled with the "New" 3DS I have the "Old" 3DS and Nintendo released a bunch of Super Nintendo games in the market and the old 3ds won't play them because the hardware is to old according to them, we are talking about 20+ year old games that require newer hardware. I have heard that Nintendo has the money to operate at a loss for a number of years and I'm guessing they will eventually find out just how long they can survive because unless the next home console is a powerhouse that doesn't have a name associated with going to the bathroom they might as well change the name to Sega. iOS/Android does what Nintendon't

You're not willing to support Nintendo because their 2011 handheld hardware isn't powerful enough to properly emulate 25-year old Super Nintendo software? That's really weird.

How much could they make with Mario 3 alone? Mario 64 and even Super Mario World would be insanity.

I'm sure folks are just chomping at the bit to throw money at Nintendo to play almost 30-year old games. This idea that Nintendo releasing decades old Mario games on the App store being the key to success is downright hilarious.

All I want is a new GameCube with good graphics and a sunshine sequel.

I'm not sure what this even means. "A New Gamecube"?

Eh, it's all in the games, and the last great Nintendo games were the earlier DS and later GC games (2004-2006-ish). Only exception was Mario Kart 7 (2011). Sadly, I'm no longer interested.

You know, everybody is welcome to their opinions and all, but saying that the "last great" Nintendo games being between 2004 and 2006 is probably objectively incorrect.

They should make a game called, "I'm shutting down Nintendo company."

Tell us how you really feel.
 
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ipedro

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I've been a proponent of this model for years. Nintendo could tap into the success of iOS and Android gaming but still remain a hardware maker. Nintendo is known for its innovative controllers and gameplay. Sell games like Super Mario but require a Nintendo controller to get the most out of the game.
 

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Physical controller? Just give me an XB1 or PS4 controller and call it a day. Part of the problem with iOS controllers is the MFi requirements. If Nintendo makes a controller just let it be universal and call it a day.
 
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smacrumon

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Thanks Nintendo for innovating and lifting the bar, good to hear they aren't stooping to the level of casino style rubbish apps rampant in the App Store.
 
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Nintendo would make a good controller . The XB1 elite is the best made, that I've seen from a big company, but too serious . Part of the current problem with controllers when it comes to Apple is the MFI requirements . I'd assume Nintendo would not go down the serious controller route and make something cheaper for idevices
 
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TechZeke

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No Super Mario Bros, no point. Why is this so hard?

Exactly. All the hell Nintendo has to do is make a controller attachment for iDevices and give proper Nintendo full titles. Modern tablets and phones will smoke a 3DS, and games would look gorgeous on the Retina display. I understand wanting to sell their own hardware, but only purists and Nintendo lovers buy 3DSs anyway.
 
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