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.