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‘Smartphone Games Decrease Brand Value’ – Nintendo (1/8/13)

August 1, 2013


So another month begins, which means new fish and bugs to catch in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. I’ll post an article tomorrow with the details of what’s new this month in your town, but for now lets begin today’s news.

Nintendo have been once again speaking about bringing their games to mobile and tablets; as per usual the comments made by Nintendo aren’t in support of gaming on these devices. Nintendo have said they feel that if they bring games from their established series onto smartphones, the value of these brands would decrease. You can read all of what Nintendo had to say below:

“Performance is temporarily getting better, you can’t get a true feel for Mario on smartphone or tablet, and this would also lead to a decrease in brand value over the long term.”

If Nintendo ever bring their games onto iOS or Android devices, the company would lose their reputation as a respectable gaming company. The big three would become the big two. Even if releasing Mario and Zelda titles on smartphones increases the value of Nintendo, it would mean ditching all of their loyal fans, including myself. So please Nintendo, never make a Mario game for a smartphone. Ever.

Talking about smartphones, Nintendo have announced that you will soon be able to purchase eShop titles from you smartphones. A Nintendo employee has said that soon players with a Nintendo Network ID will be able to go onto an app and buy a game, so when you next go on your Wii U or 3DS the game will be downloaded on your console. The Nintendo employee said the following:

”Users will be able to log onto the site and set purchases up for download so that once they get home, it will be available for them and they can have that at their fingertips whenever they need it.”

That’s pretty much it for today. There was some other news, but I didn’t have time to put it in as I’m changing my broadband supplier today. This meant I have to write today’s post in McDonald’s, and I didn’t want to stay for all that long. Anyway, things will be back to normal tomorrow. Until then.


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  1. Suliman permalink

    I can’t see Nintendo bringing any of their 1st party games to iOS or Android. They might start to sell more games for a short period but then they wouldn’t make money on their hardware sales. I prefer having the physical copies of games compared to digital copies.

    • Yes, I suppose that they would struggle to make 1st party smartphone games profitable in the long run. You wouldn’t be able to keep people buying games on iOS and Android as casual gamers would be less willing to invest in sequels then owners of a Nintendo console.

      If Nintendo were in a position where they could no longer produce hardware, I would like to think they would produce games on Sony consoles rather then for iOS and Android devices. They would surely make more money and the quality of the games would be much better; just imagine trying to play Super Mario Galaxy on an iPhone. Hopefully this will nether happen though!

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