Nintendo to start making iPhone games, including first-party IP like Mario

 

Nintendo to start making iPhone games, including first-party IP like Mario | 9to5Mac

According to the report, Nintendo wants to create a gaming membership service that would span smartphone, and traditional games consoles. It’s unclear how this would work on Apple’s platforms in conjunction with the App Store rules on In-App Purchases. The games would be ‘new experiences’, not simply ports of existing Wii U and DS titles.

Doesn’t sound particular straight forward, but still a good sign that Nintendo are seeing sense. We look forward to hearing more on their future plans.

Update:

Ben Lovejoy writing for 9to5Mac in response to a Time Magazine interview with Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata:

Iwata also confirmed Jeremy’s view that we’re unlikely to see classic Nintendo games like Mario, Donkey Kong and Zelda come to iOS and Android devices in their original forms … 

Iawata said that smartphones and dedicated games devices were different platforms, and he believed people wanted different things from them.

My understanding is that, on smart devices, the main demand is for very accessible games which smart device users can easily start and easily finish. These are not necessarily the characteristics that people demand from games for dedicated video game systems. Actually, this is one of the reasons why we believe that we should not port games for dedicated game systems to smart devices just as they are.