Nintendo: Iwata “not ruling out” games on smartphones

By Dave Cook, Thursday, 30 January 2014 10:39 GMT

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has elaborated on plans to allow third-party firms the chance to work with the company’s stock of IP to make new products. Despite a firm ‘no smartphone’ stance at last night’s investor address, it appears Iwata also gave a mixed message on the matter.

You can see our report on Nintendo’s address through the link. It saw Mario Kart 8 dated, and revealed some grand plans for the company’s future.

Now, Eurogamer has cribbed some fresh quotes from the address regarding smart devices.

He said, “In the current environment surrounding smart devices, we feel that we will not be able to gain the support of many consumers unless we are able to provide something truly valuable that is unique to Nintendo.

“Accordingly, I have not given any restrictions to the development team, even not ruling out the possibility of making games or using our game characters.”

Note the mention of ‘making games.’This presents a mixed message, seeing as just this morning Iwata stressed there would be no smartphone ports of existing Nintendo games. Does this mean brand new mobile games tailored to the format instead?

Let us know what you think below.

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