Fun phone mock-ups, but you get the idea
Fun phone mock-ups, but you get the idea

As far as rumours go, this is certainly one that's catching on, as Nintendo of America employee Nando Monterazu — described in his Twitter profile as a Software Engineer — posted a series of messages regarding his involvement in a tablet device separate from the Wii U and its GamePad; it'll supposedly have a purpose of delivering educational games to schools featuring Nintendo characters.

His tweets on the subject, first of all, are below — some that are essentially duplicates have been omitted.

We should note that Mr Monterazo has seemed to have issues (in the past) with his Twitter account being hacked, and a duplicate still exists with no related content to his work, yet with a day having passed his account activity has continued as normal — this has included retweeting job listings from Nintendo of America. With the tweets in question remaining today we contacted Nintendo of America for comment; we were given the expected response.

Nintendo doesn’t comment on rumors or speculation.

The idea of Nintendo producing specialised educational tablets for schools, featuring the company's characters, isn't unreasonable; just recently Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime outlined his thoughts on a mobile strategy for Nintendo.

We're constantly thinking about how to leverage mobile as a marketing vehicle. How do I give little tastes of content, little experiences that then drive the consumer back to my hardware environment?

With the rumour spreading widely it's certainly a topic worth contemplating, especially with Nintendo's recently marketing being heavily focused on winning over the next generation of young gamers. Even if the source is far from conclusive and Nintendo of America isn't willing to comment, it's undoubtedly a source of debate whether Nintendo should produce tablet devices and educational games for schools, even if tablet hardware is required to do so.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you think it's likely to be true, and if so is it a solid strategy to pursue?