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News: EA Explains Why It's Abandoning Dedicated Handhelds For Smartphones And Tablets

EA Explains Why It's Abandoning Dedicated Handhelds For Smartphones And Tablets

"You have to make some hard calls when you've got only so many people"

EA's support for Nintendo platforms is pretty lacking in general right now, but the 3DS and Wii U aren't the only systems the publisher is turning its back on — it has all but retreated from the dedicated portable console market, instead choosing to put its efforts into the...

News: Report Suggests That June Could Be Crucial For Iwata's Future At The Head Of Nintendo

Report Suggests That June Could Be Crucial For Iwata's Future At The Head Of Nintendo

CEO's internal approval rating has dropped to 77.26 percent

A report by Japanese business publication Nikkei suggests that Satoru Iwata is facing his sternest test yet as Nintendo CEO. It has been revealed that Iwata's internal approval rating has dropped from from 92.89 percent in 2011 to 77.26 percent in 2013. This has led to speculation that he...

News: Smartphone Game Market Shows Impressive Growth in Japan

Smartphone Game Market Shows Impressive Growth in Japan

Nintendo is no doubt watching

We've written on a number of occasions, including on its third anniversary, that the 3DS represents a triumph against shifting trends for Nintendo. Traditionally dominant in the portable gaming space, Nintendo's faced arguably its toughest generation to date with the rise of smart device gaming, itself perhaps stripping...

Weirdness: These iPhone Mock-Ups Suggest That Mario On Mobile Might Be A Bad Idea

These iPhone Mock-Ups Suggest That Mario On Mobile Might Be A Bad Idea

Place your tongue firmly in your cheek before reading

Industry experts and jumpy investors are screaming at Nintendo to make games for smartphones right now, but company president Satoru Iwata is adamant that the future of the firm lies in dedicated gaming hardware, rather than diluted, cash-grab experiences on the likes of iOS and Android.

News: Investor Wants Nintendo To Create Mobile Titles With Game-Altering In-App Purchases

Investor Wants Nintendo To Create Mobile Titles With Game-Altering In-App Purchases

"Just think of paying 99 cents just to get Mario to jump a little higher"

Please understand, Nintendo isn't keen on bringing its library of games to mobile right now — company president Satoru Iwata has been pretty firm on that point. However, Nintendo is an organisation which has shareholders, and that means it constantly faces pressure from...

News: Mobile Pokémon Clone Eco Spirits Hatches A Kickstarter Campaign

Mobile Pokémon Clone Eco Spirits Hatches A Kickstarter Campaign

No stretch goals set for an “Eco Spirits Rap”, though

Nintendo stated earlier this week that it currently had no plans to make or release any games — be they full size or mini — on mobile devices. This may have pleased some fans of the company, but it may also have disappointed others. If you fit in to the latter category, fear not — just...

News: Mario And Zelda On Mobile Could Bring New Players To Nintendo Consoles, Suggest Industry Analysts

Mario And Zelda On Mobile Could Bring New Players To Nintendo Consoles, Suggest Industry Analysts

Nintendo could make "billions" with its "treasure trove" of characters

Last week's dismal news regarding Nintendo's financials has triggered a wave of comment and debate, with many industry experts earning their keep by offering several different scenarios for getting the Japanese giant out of the hole it currently finds itself in. However, the...

News: Clash Of Clans Creator Supercell Doesn't Want To Compete With Nintendo

Clash Of Clans Creator Supercell Doesn't Want To Compete With Nintendo

Smartphone studio has been branded "The Finnish Nintendo"

Supercell's Clash of Clans and Hay Day are two of the most popular and profitable games on the iTunes App Store, but the company behind them is relatively new — Supercell was only founded in 2010. However, the studio's incredible success — which was emphatically underlined by the recent...

News: Nintendo Looking Into "Little Experiences" on Smartphones and Tablets

Nintendo Looking Into "Little Experiences" on Smartphones and Tablets

"It’s largely going to be much more marketing activity-oriented"

When it comes to smartphone and tablet content Nintendo has been painstakingly clear on two points in recent times — it has no plans to release its full games on the platforms, but is looking at ways to utilise the enormous number of smart devices to promote its hardware and games...

Talking Point: Moving To Smartphones Is Not The Answer For Nintendo

Moving To Smartphones Is Not The Answer For Nintendo

The numbers don't add up

It seems that a month can't pass by — in the past couple of years — when investment analysts, games industry figures and Nintendo's own investors aren't saying that Nintendo needs to expand and release games on alternative platforms. It's creeping into discourse around the Wii U due to the hardware's struggles to date,...