Nintendo denies mobile demo plans
by Steve Watts, shacknews.com, Jan 29, 2014 6:40AM PST
A report from Japanese news source Nikkei circulated yesterday that Nintendo was planning to release "mini-game" demos on mobile devices, to promote its console games. The company is now chalking that up to a big misunderstanding, however, saying that the report simply misunderstood statements from Nintendo president Satoru Iwata.
"Nikkei's article contains information previously stated by Mr. Iwata during past press conferences, including statements which relate to Nintendo's willingness to make use of smart devices to promote our products," reads the statement to IGN. "However, during such past announcements Mr. Iwata has also stated that Nintendo's intention is not to make Nintendo software available on smart devices and as such, we can confirm that there are no plans to offer mini-games on smartphone devices."
Following its third year of annual losses, Iwata acknowledged the need to rethink some of its strategies, but has been hesitant to put games on smartphones. Nintendo seems to know that it has to address smartphones in some way, but it's unclear exactly how. We may know more soon, as Nintendo is set to give a briefing tomorrow.