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Should Nintendo Develop Titles for the iPhone?

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A recent article by Bloomberg states Nintendo is facing increased pressure from investors seeking the Japanese company to develop games for iOS devices and Facebook, rather than focus on 3D titles. The failure of the latest 3DS hardware resulted in a drastic 32-40% price cut to entice more sales. Nintendo has never had to drop prices within six months of a product launch.

Nintendo’s president Satoru Iwata has stood his ground to say Nintendo will only make titles for its own products as long as he’s running the show. Too bad he’s missing the big picture here–portable gaming has changed thanks to the App Store. Developers have showed what can be produced and sold for a mere 99 cents, and selling by volume. Angry Birds, anyone? Gone are the days of paying $60–for one title.

Many of us grew up playing Nintendo games and relish characters like Mario, Link and Samus. Imagine if Nintendo ported their classic games over to iOS–it would sell like hotcakes (sure, the controls would be different but the sense of nostalgia would be priceless). Square Enix, the makers of Final Fantasy, have jumped right into the App Store with 15-20 apps and haven’t missed a beat. Nintendo needs to go out on a limb and try the same. Either develop your own mobile platform, or acquire an existing one to compete.

Would you want to see Nintendo on the iPhone? How much longer can they continue to sell Wii and 3DS units when their games can’t keep up?

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  • Carl

    Should they? Yes. Will they? Probably not for a while if ever.

  • Carl

    Should they? Yes. Will they? Probably not for a while if ever.

  • Carl

    Should they? Yes. Will they? Probably not for a while if ever.

  • alamarco

    Sorry, but iOS is not a proper gaming platform. Sure games like Angry Birds might work, but that’s not where the money is for bigger companies. Playing games such as FPS, sport simulations, side scrollers, etc. are not fun on the iOS. Those type of game require a controller with buttons and Apple is not a fan of buttons. Nintendo and Sony will continue to shine in the handheld markets of gaming because serious gamers do not take iOS seriously. If Nintendo wanted a quick buck I’m sure they would whip something up for iOS, but Nintedo doesn’t need a quick buck. $60 for one title will continue to be the norm amongst serious gamers.

    iOS gaming = good time killing when not much time to kill
    Other consoles/handhelds = serious gamers who want to put time into a game

  • Yeah those classic games don’t feel the same without buttons. Serious gamers are outnumbered by casual gamers though, and that’s where the money is at when it comes to mobile gaming.

    But from an investor’s point of view, they want Nintendo to make money. Porting over Super Mario Bros. would be an interesting experiment to see how many sales they could get.

  • Spleenzorio

    Never. Nintendo considers mobile phones to be a competitor in the gaming industry. As phones (and tablets) are getting more advanced with graphics capabilities, they are becoming easier to create more and more games for. It makes about as much sense as Nintendo helping Sony with their upcoming handheld.

  • Spleenzorio

    Never. Nintendo considers mobile phones to be a competitor in the gaming industry. As phones (and tablets) are getting more advanced with graphics capabilities, they are becoming easier to create more and more games for. It makes about as much sense as Nintendo helping Sony with their upcoming handheld.

  • Spleenzorio

    Never. Nintendo considers mobile phones to be a competitor in the gaming industry. As phones (and tablets) are getting more advanced with graphics capabilities, they are becoming easier to create more and more games for. It makes about as much sense as Nintendo helping Sony with their upcoming handheld.

  • Spleenzorio

    Never. Nintendo considers mobile phones to be a competitor in the gaming industry. As phones (and tablets) are getting more advanced with graphics capabilities, they are becoming easier to create more and more games for. It makes about as much sense as Nintendo helping Sony with their upcoming handheld.

  • SgtAdam

    As much as stock holders want Nintendo to make more money, those IPs are priceless to Nintendo. They’ll never put them on a phone, unless they make one or they’re going bankrupt.

    A lot of people are treating the 3DS as a failed hardware system when its just having a rough start due to a high price AND barely any good games to buy. When the price drops tomorrow and all the good games are out during Christmas, it’ll sell like mad.

    And I agree with alamarco. The iPhone is perfect for time wasters at work, walking, etc, but it’s a terrible platform for games that need buttons. The Sonic games are almost unplayable.

  • SgtAdam

    As much as stock holders want Nintendo to make more money, those IPs are priceless to Nintendo. They’ll never put them on a phone, unless they make one or they’re going bankrupt.

    A lot of people are treating the 3DS as a failed hardware system when its just having a rough start due to a high price AND barely any good games to buy. When the price drops tomorrow and all the good games are out during Christmas, it’ll sell like mad.

    And I agree with alamarco. The iPhone is perfect for time wasters at work, walking, etc, but it’s a terrible platform for games that need buttons. The Sonic games are almost unplayable.

  • SgtAdam

    As much as stock holders want Nintendo to make more money, those IPs are priceless to Nintendo. They’ll never put them on a phone, unless they make one or they’re going bankrupt.

    A lot of people are treating the 3DS as a failed hardware system when its just having a rough start due to a high price AND barely any good games to buy. When the price drops tomorrow and all the good games are out during Christmas, it’ll sell like mad.

    And I agree with alamarco. The iPhone is perfect for time wasters at work, walking, etc, but it’s a terrible platform for games that need buttons. The Sonic games are almost unplayable.

  • Anonymous

    What Apple should do it release a simple Bluetooth Joystick or controller that clips on to the iPhone.

  • Anonymous

    What Apple should do it release a simple Bluetooth Joystick or controller that clips on to the iPhone.

  • Anonymous

    What Apple should do it release a simple Bluetooth Joystick or controller that clips on to the iPhone.

  • Acro

     I have nintendo nes/snes roms and i use BT stack to connect my WII mote via bluetooth to my iphone. It works great considering that the touch controls are near impossible to use. If this concept was built upon by apple and nintendo then maybe it would work. For now, just jailbreak your phone and you have all the nintendo you need! Plus actual buttons!

  • Acro

     I have nintendo nes/snes roms and i use BT stack to connect my WII mote via bluetooth to my iphone. It works great considering that the touch controls are near impossible to use. If this concept was built upon by apple and nintendo then maybe it would work. For now, just jailbreak your phone and you have all the nintendo you need! Plus actual buttons!

  • TeenWolf

    This is the perfect opportunity for nintendo to create the elusive peripheral controller that iOS owners have been waiting for. They have the funds to handle the licensing fees and the titles to justify to the consumer they need the controller. If they set the standard for the controller then most other developers will follow suit and code their games based on the nintendo controller.

    Let’s say the controllers sells for a modest $25 plus ¢.99-$1.99 for a title?
    I’d drop money easily for 2 controllers and at the very minimum 4 titles. That’s close to $60. Now think of how many other iOS users there.

    Gold mine!

  • TeenWolf

    This is the perfect opportunity for nintendo to create the elusive peripheral controller that iOS owners have been waiting for. They have the funds to handle the licensing fees and the titles to justify to the consumer they need the controller. If they set the standard for the controller then most other developers will follow suit and code their games based on the nintendo controller.

    Let’s say the controllers sells for a modest $25 plus ¢.99-$1.99 for a title?
    I’d drop money easily for 2 controllers and at the very minimum 4 titles. That’s close to $60. Now think of how many other iOS users there.

    Gold mine!

  • TeenWolf

    This is the perfect opportunity for nintendo to create the elusive peripheral controller that iOS owners have been waiting for. They have the funds to handle the licensing fees and the titles to justify to the consumer they need the controller. If they set the standard for the controller then most other developers will follow suit and code their games based on the nintendo controller.

    Let’s say the controllers sells for a modest $25 plus ¢.99-$1.99 for a title?
    I’d drop money easily for 2 controllers and at the very minimum 4 titles. That’s close to $60. Now think of how many other iOS users there.

    Gold mine!

  • alamarco

    Problem is, we don’t know if more money would come from Nintendo investing in iOS. Reason being, how many lost sales for handhelds would Nintendo get from selling a cheaper product on iOS? I imagine people won’t be buying both versions of the game and some wont even get the handheld if it no longer contained exclusives.

  • alamarco

    Problem is, we don’t know if more money would come from Nintendo investing in iOS. Reason being, how many lost sales for handhelds would Nintendo get from selling a cheaper product on iOS? I imagine people won’t be buying both versions of the game and some wont even get the handheld if it no longer contained exclusives.

  • Drsly

    Icade is a bt controller that works great with ipad, iphone without need to jailbrake. It’s compatible with atari classic games on the app store. Would be great to have nintendo too.

  • Drsly

    Icade is a bt controller that works great with ipad, iphone without need to jailbrake. It’s compatible with atari classic games on the app store. Would be great to have nintendo too.

  • Their games are already on the iPhone via a simple jailbreak.. might as well make a profit and maybe bring back a few memories to the new “casual” gamer craze. Maybe they may buy a Wii as a result?

  • Their games are already on the iPhone via a simple jailbreak.. might as well make a profit and maybe bring back a few memories to the new “casual” gamer craze. Maybe they may buy a Wii as a result?

  • Anonymous

    YES!

  • Anonymous

    YES!

  • Anonymous

    YES!

  • Anonymous

    maybe not, but i can promise u ALOT of people will download for the sole purpose of having nostalgic nintendo titles on their phone (without having to go through a central emulator). look at the sega titles. they’re doing quite well….

  • Anonymous

    maybe not, but i can promise u ALOT of people will download for the sole purpose of having nostalgic nintendo titles on their phone (without having to go through a central emulator). look at the sega titles. they’re doing quite well….

  • Anonymous

    maybe not, but i can promise u ALOT of people will download for the sole purpose of having nostalgic nintendo titles on their phone (without having to go through a central emulator). look at the sega titles. they’re doing quite well….

  • AnonymousDude

    Well if ‘tendo games ever came out on iOS, I would never buy a 3DS.  Their exclusive games are the only reason people buy their portable units.  It’s the same reason why Apple sells their OS only with Apple hardware. 

  • AnonymousDude

    Well if ‘tendo games ever came out on iOS, I would never buy a 3DS.  Their exclusive games are the only reason people buy their portable units.  It’s the same reason why Apple sells their OS only with Apple hardware. 

  • AnonymousDude

    Problem is, who’s going to want to lug around a big-ass controller with their iPhone?  No one.

  • AnonymousDude

    Problem is, who’s going to want to lug around a big-ass controller with their iPhone?  No one.

  • TeenWolf

    The same people who want to lug around a psp or DS. Millions of people

  • AnonymousDude

    iPhone people are totally different and don’t like lugging around extra crap.  If you’re going to carry a huge controller, might as well carry a PSP or DS instead.

  • Sandman

    Last Christmas we were going to upgrade our 8+9 year old boys DSs to new ones or even wait for the 3DS, but why when we can buy them each an iPod Touch and get loads of free lite games that they can spend hours playing for free and then buy the actual game for 99¢ – $4.99 at the extreme and they can both play the same game at the same time. We were at the Superstore and saw a popular game for the DS for $18.99 and we bought that same game on iOS for a buck or two. No-Brainer

  • Sandman

    Last Christmas we were going to upgrade our 8+9 year old boys DSs to new ones or even wait for the 3DS, but why when we can buy them each an iPod Touch and get loads of free lite games that they can spend hours playing for free and then buy the actual game for 99¢ – $4.99 at the extreme and they can both play the same game at the same time. We were at the Superstore and saw a popular game for the DS for $18.99 and we bought that same game on iOS for a buck or two. No-Brainer

  • Sandman

    Last Christmas we were going to upgrade our 8+9 year old boys DSs to new ones or even wait for the 3DS, but why when we can buy them each an iPod Touch and get loads of free lite games that they can spend hours playing for free and then buy the actual game for 99¢ – $4.99 at the extreme and they can both play the same game at the same time. We were at the Superstore and saw a popular game for the DS for $18.99 and we bought that same game on iOS for a buck or two. No-Brainer

  • Haha that is awesome. Game changed.

  • Haha that is awesome. Game changed.

  • Haha that is awesome. Game changed.

  • Haha that is awesome. Game changed.

  • iP

    Here’s a strategy that could work and allow Nintendo to save face: 

    Build Nintendo hardware that isn’t of a full console is instead an accessory for iPhone. Instead of having its own processing power, it uses that of the iPhone’s A5 chip which has proven to be really powerful for gaming. 

    It would have all the physical buttons, D pad and analogue stick for a full gaming experience. While games would be sold in the App Store, Nintendo could require the unit to be connected to play the games or could allow for certain functions to be performed when on iPhone standalone mode, while full game play would require the Nintendo hardware unit.

    Nintendo would make a killing selling its games on iOS all the while selling millions of their new mobile hardware for iPhone. 

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