Nintendo denies mobile demo plans

Nintendo has issued a statement denying yesterday's reports that it will be releasing mini-game demos on mobile devices as promotional tools. It chalks up the Nikkei report to a misunderstanding of Iwata's statements.

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A report from Japanese news source Nikkei circulated yesterday that Nintendo was planning to release "mini-game" demos on mobile devices, to promote its console games. The company is now chalking that up to a big misunderstanding, however, saying that the report simply misunderstood statements from Nintendo president Satoru Iwata.

"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 to IGN. "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."

Following its third year of annual losses, Iwata acknowledged the need to rethink some of its strategies, but has been hesitant to put games on smartphones. Nintendo seems to know that it has to address smartphones in some way, but it's unclear exactly how. We may know more soon, as Nintendo is set to give a briefing tomorrow.

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    January 29, 2014 6:40 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Nintendo denies mobile demo plans.

    Nintendo has issued a statement denying yesterday's reports that it will be releasing mini-game demos on mobile devices as promotional tools. It chalks up the Nikkei report to a misunderstanding of Iwata's statements.

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      January 29, 2014 6:49 AM

      That would have been horrible. "Just imagine playing the game with proper controls and in a crappy 400*240 resolution"

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      January 29, 2014 7:31 AM

      Here's hoping that the mobile plans actually mean a Miiverse app, Nintendo Zone&Video app and Nintendo eShop app that you can remotely buy games for 3DS and Wii U.

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      January 29, 2014 8:06 AM

      Then Nintendo will become outdated. I'm tired of Nintendo every once in a while teasing mobile phone plans, and then going back and saying we meant miiverse crap. Useless. How does Miiverse on phones attract non-Nintendo users? It won't.