Nintendo maintains stance on mobile despite Pokemon Say Tap announcement

By Stephany Nunneley
6 July 2011 18:15 GMT

Despite yesterday’s announcement of Pokemon Say Tap for iDevices and Android, Nintendo is sticking to its guns when it comes to not releasing its IPs on mobile devices.

According to a report on Bloomberg, the decision to release the Pokemon title on a non-Nintendo device was not made by Nintendo but by The Pokmon Company.

Nintendo’s PR head Yasuhiro Minagawa told the financial site The Pokmon Company is a separate company from Nintendo, which owns a 32 percent stake in the firm and partial ownership of the Pokemon trademark.

While it has no decision in the matter, Minagawa said “there is no change, and no plans for a change in the future,” regarding Nintendo’s stance on releasing its owned IPs on a competing device.

Bloomberg also reported that following the news of the new Pokemon app, stock in Nintendo rose 4.9 percent above the prior day; however, after Minagawa’s comments, stock fell 1.2 percent above the prior day.

Thanks, Andirasang.


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