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Nintendo denies 'mini games on mobile' report

Publisher unequivocally denies latest rumours leaking from Japan

Nintendo has denied claims that it will develop minigames for smartphones and tablets, following a rumour triggered by a local business newspaper in Japan.


News organisation Nikkei, which carries a track record for leaking Nintendo's product plans, reported on Monday that the corporation was preparing to publish trailers and Nintendo mini-games on Apple and Android smart devices, likely via an app.

But a representative for the company has made it unequivocal that Nintendo denies this story.

"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," read a company statement released 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 minigames on smartphone devices."

The statement did not address whether Nintendo would push its trailers onto mobile devices through an app, but such a policy has not been announced.

According to Nikkei, Nintendo's idea was to expand its potential customer base and raise awareness of its games by releasing playable "mini games" onto tablet devices.

These demos would have offered only a small sample of the full games, which are only available in full on Nintendo platforms.

Previously, Nintendo has strongly refuted any notion that it will release its games on mobile platforms, despite calls from some analysts to make the switch.

Speaking recently, company chief executive Satoru Iwata insisted the drastic rise of smartphone gaming will not prompt Nintendo to develop Mario games for mobiles, despite its ongoing Wii U sales woes.

"The spread of smart devices does not spell the end of game consoles. It's not that simple," Iwata told the Wall Street Journal. "It doesn't mean that we should put Mario on smartphones."

In January Nintendo flattened its annual Wii U hardware sales guidance from nine million units to 2.8 million, while 3DS hardware sales guidance was cut from 18 million units to 13.5 million.

When addressing the poor sales data to investors, Iwata said Nintendo is presently "studying how smart devices can be used to grow the game-player business".


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