It seems that everyone these days is running around with a smartphone, a tablet, or both. As such, there is some pressure on gaming companies to expand their horizons and develop games for these smart devices. Nintendo will resist this pressure though, as the president of the company, Satoru Iwata, said recently.

“The spread of smart devices does not spell the end of game consoles. It’s not that simple. It doesn’t mean that we should put Mario on smartphones.”

Though consoles are definitely not at their end currently, there may be a decline later on as smart devices continue to evolve. Nintendo will have to continuously evaluate this decision in the future, as a small part of the gaming market is now on smart devices.

Source: Japan Realtime
Via: Nintendo Everything
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  • Zelda Paradox

    Keep on fighting Mr Iwata!
    Until the bitter end!

  • KidWiththeBackpack

    As much as I love my Smartphone, it’s not a gaming device. I will always prefer my 3DS and Wii U. 😀

    • Zelda Paradox

      Chosen wisely, you have.

  • nasanerd09

    In my opinion, games on the smart devices aren’t all that great. I’m always complaining about the touch recognition on those things and the game doing something stupid that I didn’t want it to because it doesn’t control well. I don’t think they can really ever replace buttons and joysticks. They just work too damn well!

    • Sanguiluna

      On the other hand, though, I am extremely grateful for smartphones and tablets since they allow me to play games I wouldn’t have otherwise been able to play because of platform limitations or availability issues, like “Baldur’s Gate”, “The World Ends with You”, “Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic”, “Splinter Cell Conviction”, among others.

  • Sanguiluna

    I like how Ubisoft has been implementing smartphone and tablet use in their games with companion apps to their games, which aren’t necessary at all, but add to the gameplay instead of distracting the player. EA had a really great concept with their Mass Effect 3 companion app, but poor maintenance destroyed all appeal for it and it fell flat.

    Of course, seeing as the defining feature of the Wii U is the second screen, I don’t really see the need for them to tap into smartphones or tablets. They can just develop their own companion apps in-house for the Nintendo Network and give players the choice to use them in games, or play “old school” style.