Nintendo Denies Smartphone “Minigame” Report

Nintendo Denies Smartphone “Minigame” Report

by January 28, 2014

Company Has a Way With Words

Yesterday, we told you about a report that emerged which alleged Nintendo was considering offering demos of its software library on mobile phones as part of its new mobile strategy.  We used the word “demo”–as language indicated the material would serve the same purpose as a demo–but several outlets used the term “mini-games.”  Today, Nintendo denied the “mini-game” part.

A statement released by the company and relayed to Engadget attempted to correct the Nikkei report:

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.

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.

To most, “mini-game” is different from “demo”–so this doesn’t necessarily rule out that particular interpretation of the Nikkei report, or even the mini-game interpretation.  Nintendo has a bad habit of denying developments that end up coming to fruition down the road.  We hope to know for sure when Nintendo holds its investor conference on Thursday.