Following yesterday’s report by Japanese publication Nikkei that Nintendo would be bringing mini-games and demos to smartphones and mobile devices, Nintendo has issued a statement refuting that claim.
“We can confirm that we have not made any new announcements or disclosed the contents of the Corporate Management Policy Briefing which will be held in Japan on 30th January 2014,” said a Nintendo spokesperson.
“Nikkei’s article contains information previously stated by Mr Iwata during past press conferences, including statements which relate to Nintendo’s willingness to make use of smart devices to promote our products.”
“However during such past announcements Mr Iwata has also stated that 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.”
“We will share the materials from Mr Iwata’s Corporate Management Policy Briefing in English when his presentation is finished.”
As these demos or “mini-games” would be hard to implement on mobile devices because of the lack of buttons on smartphones and tablets, it makes sense that they wouldn’t go this route because it wouldn’t be able to showcase the Nintendo experience adequately. Iwata will hopefully unveil Nintendo’s full strategy with regards to mobile devices at Nintendo’s weekly quarterly briefing this Thursday, Japanese Standard Time.