Nintendo Nixes Future iPhone, Android Games Despite Pokemon Title

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The decision to bring a Pokemon game to the iPhone doesn't mean that Nintendo has softened its views on Apple's gaming phone.

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Speaking with Bloomberg, a spokesman said that Nintendo's decision to only develop games for its own hardware "hasn't changed and won't change."

While Pokemon is typically only published on Nintendo game systems, it is only 32 percent owned by the Kyoto-based company, and is still an independent company.

Speculation that Nintendo might be exploring the mobile market first rose when word of an official Pokemon game for the iPhone and Android marketplace hit earlier this week. Pokemon Say Tap? BW is a timing game that has you tapping Pokemon cards to music. The free game is due out this summer.

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Nintendo Pares Gains After Company Rules Out Expansion Into IPhone Games [Bloomberg]

DISCUSSION

It would be a very, very, VERY wise decision by Nintendo to start releasing free pseudo games on the iphone and android. That creates brand awareness and would make people curious as to what the original game that spawned the app is.

A Zelda game for iphone could be stupidly simple (say chicken jumping with Link) when you finish add a small video of the next zelda to be released and small reward that can be ported to the new game (say a npc that congratulates you on your farthest jump or something like that).

Or hell say there is a new 3ds game with a touchscreen feature, make a smart phone game with a very basic version of that same gimmick, and put it up for free as a kind of demo of the game.

Presto a very easy and painless way to make exclusive smart phone gamers, check out and be interested in Nintendo games and plataforms. And hell if the games are actually very good? it creates trust and poeple would be even more willing to buy the console and games when they are gadget/present/whateever shopping, because the brand would be very fresh and important in their minds.

I mean it's an obvious idea with very little risk and huge rewards. Instead of seeing the smart phones as competition see them as a tool to sell even more games and consoles!