Nintendo to unveil smartphone demos for console-exclusive games this week – report

Monday, 27th January 2014 23:02 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Nintendo will be bringing its content to mobile platforms, according to Japanese business newspaper Nikkei.


The news comes via a translation from Dr Serkan Toto – a reliable source of Japanese games industry news – but originates with a Nikkei report.

According to the publication’s sources, Nintendo will be making an announcement unveiling its mobile plans on Thursday, during an investor briefing session.

The platform holder intends to use smartphones and tablets to market console games, by releasing demos and videos of Nintendo console titles through a dedicated mobile app.

Nintendo will not be releasing full games on mobile; the idea is to convert smartphone users to Nintendo customers by giving them a taste of what is only available if they purchase a 3DS or Wii U.

The app and all content will be free, and platforms have not been confirmed, although iOS and Android seem like safe bets.

If the report is accurate, we should know more by the end of the week.

Thanks, GamesIndustry.



  1. Pattybean

    I can live with that. Smart move if true.

    #1 10 months ago
  2. IntrovertedOne

    Booo Nintendo, this seems like ‘testing the waters’ for going mobile with full games.

    If not this just seems like a bad idea; they are basically advertising to people that they can easily emulate all their games for free on tablets.

    The Company itself is giving us a tech demo for piracy.

    Nintendos biggest successes (and some failures) have always been in doing things differently; adding game demos to an already bloated marketplace (where you can download hundreds of nintendo clones and emulators already) is just a terrible idea.

    #2 10 months ago
  3. salarta

    This sounds like a pretty good idea in general, considering mobile is increasingly taking from Nintendo’s portable share.

    But it won’t help for console games.

    #3 10 months ago
  4. BrokenSpline

    This doesn’t really make sense as they would have to port the games over to smart phones and not just that have them play on them as well. Seems like a huge undertaking to grab whatever market they want on the smart phone to grab a 3DS or Wii U. Why not just go for the market altogether since they have already put this work into it?

    #4 10 months ago
  5. The_Red

    “by releasing demos and videos of Nintendo console titles through a dedicated mobile app.”

    The demos part is worrying. It could lead to “Mario on mobile” problem, only in form of demo. They should try to make NEW games MEANT for tablets and smartphones, rather than releasing demos for a system that market doesn’t care about (Wii U).

    #5 10 months ago
  6. Joe Musashi

    Encouraging. If true.

    Especially as this is specifically the sort of the thing I said they should do.


    #6 10 months ago
  7. ManuOtaku

    #6 yes Joe i remember it was a good idea and it seems they read Vg and the comment section, but they need more imo. I believe if they offer free games on the store for Wiiu owners, from their past era (Nes,Snes,64,cube,etc) , it Would Help them.

    Also the possibility of a store like the apple store.

    But at least they are trying something different here, hope it helps them

    #7 10 months ago
  8. takanari

    So, Nintendo will release e-shop for smartphones.

    #8 10 months ago

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