Earlier this week it appeared that the impossible might have happened and that Nintendo was reported to be making a move into the mobile arena. However, this report has now been shot down by the Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata who reiterates his previous and long-standing remarks that his company has no plans to make software for smartphones.
The news broke from a Japanese business news source suggesting that gaming giant Nintendo was to release free mini-games for smartphones and tablets which would feature favourites such as Super Mario,and that these samplers would be used as demos to entice its fan base into paying out for games on the company’s current platforms the Wii U, 3DS and 2DS.
Nintendo’s worldwide leader, the often apologetic Mr Iwata, has been strongly against Nintendo’s involvement with Android and iOS platforms although last year Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime suggested there was some movement regarding mobile. Unfortunately this may have been related to another rumour regarding Nintendo developing Android-based tablets for educational purposes.
In a statement Iwata stomped out the latest rumours like a frightened Goomba, saying “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.”
So again, that’s the end of that. For now.