Nintendo USA boss hangs up on phone rumours

Nintendo USA has slammed rumours that it might someday dabble in the mobile phone market, with the company’s President stating the gaming giant will be sticking to what it does best for the foreseeable future.

Reggie Fils-Aime of Nintendo USA states simply “We have no desire to get into telephony” reaffirming that the company aim at being the best in the world at what it does and will continue to “earn” its way into people’s pockets, rather than piling on additional gadgetry and gimmickry.

No Wii Phone here…

To the contrary however, a quote from the producer behind three-dimensional handheld Nintendo 3DS, Hideki Konno says “It’s not that I’m uninterested. However, I look at the business model, and I see so many additional costs that come into play.” – Two slightly clashing stories, but it looks like a definite no for “Nintendo mobile” at this time.

Fair Play, Nintendo. Whereas a company like Sony has been long-established in many different areas of tech and gadgets, launching the “Playstation phone” Xperia Play seems a natural progression, but for Nintendo we can only think that a Mario-sized leap into the world of smartphones would seriously distract from (and possibly damage) the company’s essential charm and a hard earned reputation built up over a great number of years.

These comments come days after boss of Rovio Mobile, the company behind the Angry Birds game, suggesting Nintendo are clueless when it comes to the future of the games market and that mobile gaming was the way forward for the industry.

Looking at how long Nintendo have survived and evolved, with latest gaming gadget Nintendo 3DS reportedly selling well, we think the veterans probably know what they’re talking about!

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