Following rumors that Nintendo was considering breaking into the mobile device scene, a Nintendo spokesperson confirmed to Engadget that the company has no such plans.
Rumors of Nintendo’s interest in the mobile market sprang up yesterday after Japanese newspaper Nikkei reported that Nintendo would be creating side-content for mainstay franchises, including mini-games featuring all-new characters.
“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,” reads the statement issued to Engadget. “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 mini-games on smartphone devices.”
This clarification does not, however, dismiss promotion of Nintendo properties through mobile devices as part of Nintendo’s future business plans to bolster sales following poor Wii U sales in 2013 that saw the company revise their financial statements to forecast a $240 million annual loss this fiscal year. In the wake of this, Iwata specifically mentioned “studying how smart devices can be used to grow the game-player business,” but pointed out that their plans aren’t “as simple as enabling Mario to move on a smartphone.”