Nintendo Confirms No Games Coming to iOS, But Service App in the Works

During a strategy briefing that took place in Osaka, Japan, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata today confirmed (via The Wall Street Journal) that Nintendo has plans to "actively" use service apps for smart devices, but does not have plans to introduce key Nintendo software, like its portfolio of games, on third party platforms.

According to Iwata, Nintendo is aiming to use service apps to both build a bridge with its customers and deliver information on Nintendo products. Service apps are not intended to make money for the company, but instead will be used to "make connections with customers."

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Iwata did acknowledge that Nintendo's apps would need to be more than a simple advertisement in order to engage customers, but he did not elaborate on what tactics the company would use to entice customers to use a Nintendo app. Neither a potential release date nor any additional information on the content of the service app was divulged.

Iwata did, however, say that the game console will continue to be at the center of Nintendo's strategy and there are no plans for the company to abandon its hardware business.

News of Nintendo's foray into mobile first surfaced in mid-January after company president Satoru Iwata indicated Nintendo would consider a new business structure involving smart devices in light of increasing competition from both iOS and Android and competing consoles.

On Monday, Japanese business newspaper Nikkei suggested Nintendo would release an iOS and Android app featuring game information and playable mini games, but Nintendo quickly refuted the claim and insisted it had no plans to make Nintendo software available on mobile devices.

Earlier today, Nintendo missed its earnings forecast and announced an operating loss of 1.58 billion yen ($15.3 million) for the December quarter. The company expects another loss of 33.4 billion yen for the final quarter of the year with a total operating loss of 35 billion yen ($355 million) for 2013.

During today's event, Nintendo also announced plans to bolster its profits by introducing an on-demand gaming service, allowing Wii U players to access Nintendo DS games, and releasing a non-wearable health monitoring device in 2015.

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Top Rated Comments

Tal Ormanda Avatar
137 months ago
Don't worry, it will just take another 3 years of negative profits until they get the picture.
Score: 27 Votes (Like | Disagree)
syavno Avatar
137 months ago
This is a very similar type of arrogance that RIM exhibited; we know what happened to them...
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
k1121j Avatar
137 months ago
lol

they are sounding like RIM these days.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Renzatic Avatar
137 months ago
To sum up most quotes here:

"Cuz I like Apple, I'd really love them to release stuff on my iPhone. But since they won't, I'm gonna say they're dumb and don't know what they're doing then make an off the cuff reference to RIM cuz apparently these two almost entirely unrelated companies working in entirely different markets are somehow related in some way".
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Renzatic Avatar
137 months ago
They will go the way of RIM. By the time they decide to go to mobile, it will be too late. RIP Nintendo.

They're already mobile, and making a ton of money off of it. Why would they want to port their games to the smartphones?

Unlike RIM, the iPhone isn't a direct competitor to their core business. Their business is games. They don't need to go 3rd party to become a success. What they need to do is make the WiiU more of a draw than it currently is.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
AHDuke99 Avatar
137 months ago
They will go the way of RIM. By the time they decide to go to mobile, it will be too late. RIP Nintendo.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)