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Nintendo Faces Investor Pressure to Bring Games to iPhone

Bloomberg reports that Nintendo is facing increasing investor pressure to develop titles for the iPhone and other platforms.
The rift highlights the dilemma President Satoru Iwata faces as consumers shun Nintendo devices to play games on iPhones, iPads and Facebook Inc.’s website. The flop of the 3DS debut prompted the company to slash prices 40 percent in Japan starting today, the first time the games developer has resorted to such a move within six months of a product’s debut.
Nintendo has seen very poor initial sales of its new 3DS platform in the face of slumping DS and Wii sales, resulting in the announcement of a quarterly loss of $328 million late last month. In reaction, Nintendo has slashed prices of its 3DS in order to promote sales, but Bloomberg reports that investors want a more dramatic shift in strategy.

Nintendo's stock, which is currently near a 6 year low, saw a big boost after news last month that an affiliated company of their's, Pokemon Company, announced plans to release a Pokemon-themed iPhone game. Nintendo was quick to deny that they had any involvement and that Nintendo had no plans to bring titles to external platforms. Their stock subsequently saw a corresponding drop. Alternatively, some have suggested that Nintendo should "buy its way into" the smartphone platforms by acquiring companies and technology or developing their own.

Mobile applications and gaming have seen huge growth over the past few years, clearly impacting both Nintendo's and Sony's portable gaming systems. In line with that interest, a number of major acquisitions have taken place with iOS-related gaming companies such as Ngmoco, Open Feint and Chillingo. Despite these trends, according to Bloomberg, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata has said that Nintendo will only make titles for its own products as long as he's in charge.

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50 months ago
Super Mario Bros and Mario Kart on my iPhone, yes please!!!
Rating: 41 Votes
50 months ago
If you can't beat them, join them.
Rating: 37 Votes
50 months ago
i'd love zelda on the ipad!
Rating: 36 Votes
50 months ago
I really think they have to scrap the 3DS and think bigger this time... the iPod Touch has thousands of games... many of them are of great quality... and for: $1.

If they really wanted to print money, all they have to do is port Pokemon to iOS. I think even Mario 64 can run on the current generation of apple gear too.
Rating: 24 Votes
50 months ago
The portable console time has passed, they need to move to the new market (phones/tablets) otherwise they will fail.
Rating: 23 Votes
50 months ago

They already did both of these things. Oh wait, that's on Android, not iOS. Silly me.

Nintendo didn't. Developers did. And the N64 emulators have a lot of problems running some games.

If Nintendo themselves made solid ports of their games to iOS, it'd be amazing.
Rating: 18 Votes
50 months ago
Just port classic games to iPhone/iPad with bluetooth controller support. In my dreams.
Rating: 15 Votes
50 months ago

Yeah, I know loads of people that have spent thousands of dollars on those amazing iOS titles... oh wait... no, no I don't.

"You buy one 3DS game, and I'll buy 40 games for my phone... we'll see who has more fun"
Rating: 9 Votes
50 months ago
Zelda can't come fast enough now!!!! :o
Rating: 8 Votes
50 months ago
I could be wrong, but I think forcing the classic Mario and Zelda experience down the throat of the iOS user would be bad news. Games like Angry Birds are popular because they make best use of the touch screen instead of trying to simulate the d-pad gaming experience. Because of this, Nintendo would need to focus on making games for the "on the go" gamers. I know this doesn't apply to everyone, but my favorite iOS games aren't really that in-depth. A good iOS game should still be fun, even if only played for a couple minutes. I'm willing to save the hardcore gaming for my PS3 or 360.
Rating: 7 Votes

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