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Nintendo “Absolutely Not” Making Mario Games for iPhone



Despite pressure from investors and lackluster Nintendo 3DS sales, Nintendo’s Chief, Satoru Iwata, has gone on record again, saying that the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch won’t be playing Mario and other Nintendo games while he has anything to do with it.

Iwata recently responded to the continual question by saying, “That is absolutely not under consideration.”

Iwata’s refusal to bring Mario and his friends to the popular smartphone isn’t without reason. Nintendo has always been a hardware company, that also makes games. If you can play Nintendo games on the iPhone, it would be like Apple allowing you to run OSX on any piece of hardware.

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Coming to the iPhone?

Iwata says he is focusing on the long term future of the company, rather than short term profits which would come from iPhone and iOS sales of games on the iPhone and iPad.

Based on sales figures, you might also argue that this is shortsighted. The Nintendo 3DS may sell 2.5 million units by March 31, 2102. The iPhone on the other hand might be able to sell that many units in the next 11 days, if last quarter’s iPhone sales continue.

Rather than release new games for the iPhone an iPad, I think Nintendo could make serious amounts of money by selling the classics, even at a non-Nintendo device Premium.

I know my Nintendo DS spent plenty of time playing the old games like SUper Mario Bros 3. and Super Mario World. If these games came to the iPad, even at $10-$15 a pop I’d pick up a few of them — but I don’t see myself buying a portable Nintendo gaming system anytime soon.




  1. Anonymous

    09/16/2011 at 1:43 am

    As far as I know nintendo don’t publish on sony’s or microsoft platforms either nor on PC despite the fact that it could make millions. So no, I think that the day that nintendo would publish on another platform would be a desperate one for nintendo.
    On the bright side it is a chance for sega, and the infamous “Great Giana Sisters”.

  2. Anonymous

    09/16/2011 at 11:44 am

    Greater one post due to yours brilliance man…. actualy tight article but good description

  3. Anonymous

    09/16/2011 at 11:44 am

    Greater one post due to yours brilliance man…. actualy tight article but good description

  4. Stupidesiwatasan

    08/24/2012 at 11:32 pm

    What a stupid company why not do this then get the profit and make a bad ass machine that would make ps Xbox and apple devices a run door it’s money… IWATA you’re a stupid fucking moron!

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