Nintendo confirms that it has no plans for iOS games

July 6, 2010, By Thomas Antony

Nintendo games have always been one of the cornerstones of videogame history. However, despite many successful games, Nintendo has faced a steadily dropping sales rate for its DS series of portable consoles.

This is partly due to the rise in popularity of iPhones and iPod Touches as quality mobile gaming devices as many gamers see it better to carry one multifunctional device like the iPhone than a single function device like a DS console. This lead to curiosity on the part of shareholders about whether they had any plans to expand into games for 3rd party platforms like iOS and Android.

Nintendo’s CEO and president, Satoru Iwata, has rejected any such plans. “Nintendo is defined by integrated hardware and software,” Iwata said. “Others are incompatible with the values Nintendo puts into its hardware. We won’t produce software [for them] at all”. The executive took an Apple-like approach to software himself and said that Nintendo’s games were inseparable from the hardware. Their devices, he told the Sankei Shinbun, were likely to dilute the experience.

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