In a recent interview with Nikkei, Satoru Iwata stated that Nintendo is working on a smartphone app that (officially) introduce Miis to the world of social networking.
Iwata states that the application will allow users to use their Mii characters as icons on social media; he also stated that the application, which we’ve known about since November, will be announced close to Nintendo’s year-end results meeting.
Iwata also stated that he is “wary” of making Nintendo titles for smartphones and tablets; he cites falling application prices as a reason for this. He also stated Nintendo intends to work with other developers to turn current smartphone games into 3DS-compatible games.
What do you guys think? Should Nintendo make smartphone games? What are your thoughts on the Mii application? Check out Iwata’s comments below, then sound off in the comments!
”Newer consoles are equipped with a function to process micropayments using Suica electronic money cards [in Japan]. Our service that allows people to purchase games online using those cards is popular.
It is also possible to turn smartphone games from other software makers into 3DS-compatible games and offer them for relatively low prices. We intend to pursue a variety of options. Only those products and services that receive strong support from customers will survive.
In the past, I have opposed making smartphone and tablet versions of Nintendo titles. Prices for content aimed at smartphones and tablets are falling quickly. I am still wary of the category. We intend to develop products that will allow customers to identify with Nintendo products and make people pay attention to Nintendo games.
For example, some Nintendo game consoles incorporate Mii, which creates a digital avatar to represent players. It would be fun for players to use their Mii characters as icons on social media. We are currently developing an application that will allow users to do that. The app will be announced around the time our full-year results are released.” — Satoru Iwata