Nintendo Dismisses Mobile Demo Claims

NINTY-UPDATE

Nintendo has responded to the claims of Japanese newspaper Nikkei, saying that their reports of bringing console game demos to the mobile market are innacurate.

An official Nintendo rep made a statement to Engadget, saying that Nikkei had reported comments made by Satoru Iwata in previous investore conferences.

Their official statement reads;

“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,” said the representative.

“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 minigames on smartphone devices.”

I feel like this may be a bit of a missed opportunity. Using the smartphone market as a platform for demos of full blown console titles sounded like a rather interesting way of hooking in  a new audience to both the Wii U and 3DS.  They did say that they would be looking into using smartphones in some way, but what way that is remains to  be seen.