We've seen a lot of retro-inspired smartphone controllers hit the market over the years, with some of our favourites being the 8Bitdo NES30, FC30 and SNES30. As Nintendo sets its sights on success in the smartphone gaming arena with free-to-play versions of Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem, we might even see them put out their own range of smartphone controllers to support the games.
In the latest shareholders AGM, Nintendo's Shinya Takahashi said the following:
Physical controllers for smart device applications are available in the market and it is possible that we may also develop something new by ourselves.
On the other hand, I believe Nintendo's way of thinking is to look at whether action games are really not impossible (without a physical controller for smart device applications) to create and how we can make it happen to create such a game. I think we will make applications, and not just action games, in consideration of what best embodies 'Nintendo-like' applications, including applications for everyone from children to seniors.
We will launch various projects in the future. Advancing projects like these will require the involvement and support of our partners and not just our own human resources.
While such controllers might not be entirely necessary for the likes of Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem - both of which will likely work with only touchscreen controls just fine - it's clear that a port of Super Mario Maker would be tricky to play without some kind of traditional pad.
We've seen a patent today which seems to suggest the concept of interchangeable periperhals to which can be placed on the core touchscreen device. Could this be Nintendo's endgame? As always, let us know your thoughts with a comment below.
Not the type of person who enjoys smartphone games especially those with micro-transactions. I just want the next 3DS with nothing less than 720p
Sounds interesting enough, just hope if they decide to do it isn't horrifically overpriced.
This control will likely be part of NX. Might the NX be a portable version of the Wii U where the GamePad screen can be detached from the GamePad so you can export the game you're currently playing to a certain extent to continue playing on the go?
I read this statement more like something that they are ALSO going to do, not as THE thing that supposedly represents the codename NX. It isn't new, it isn't exciting, and it certainly isn't anything worth being so secretive about, let alone something that third parties would get behind or be excited about.
Expect them to either make some peripheral, or nothing at all in the end, depending on how well their next few forays into the smart device market go. If they fail, they will certainly not invest anymore in it, and making that your unique selling point would then instantly become your single point of failure instead...
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Nothing impressive. If they released these controls for smartphones, I'd bet they would be quite expensive. I can import one from China that works well for what I want and its far cheaper.
And I agree with @Thanos, this looks like another project R&D is looking into, not the main point of the NX. R&D is always researching new stuff, like that old quality of life stuff, and I doubt quality of life will be part of the NX.
@5t3v3n Ultimatum? You mean the single point of failure?
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I'd totally be up for an official Nintendo Smart device controller ^_^ ever since they released the Hori Super Famicom Classic Control, I've always wanted one wireless + bluetooth!!
I have thought this would be a great idea for Nintendo. With an official controller, we could enjoy regular gaming experiences on smart devices, instead of tap to win/microtransaction nonsense.
I actually just got an Nvidia Shield + controller, but this also interests me.
Reading that it sounded like they want to try apps that don't require physical input first. Makes sense to me, though they already make Bluetooth controllers so selling something like the Pro Controller with a phone stand doesn't seem like it would be a big deal.
Kay. Smart phone games aren't my thing.
@H_Hunter it might be 720 wide, considering nintendo's hardware tendencies.
nevermind super mario maker, i think they ought to make a client super mario PLAYER for ios/android. make levels on wii u/nx/(maybe)3ds, then play on idroid. make it for a fee so level makers can even get paid.
@H_Hunter 720p? Way too big for a handheld. Would rather have either a better battery life and/or better graphics then a resolution that big on a screen that small.
Could be interesting but I'm not a big mobile gamer tho.
Nice idea but a waste of time and money in my opinion. Why make a controller for a portable screen (smartphone) when you already had a portable controller with a screen (handheld)?
I'd rather see the SNES controller that you plugged into a Wii mote from the Japanese Club Nintendo have a proper release. I'd rather not pay $80 for it from a private seller.
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