Many analysts try to push Nintendo to develop games for smartphones but Nintendo does not plan to do so. Nintendo producer Takashi Tezuka was recently asked about how he’d feel if Mario games would come to iPhone. Tezuka said that Nintendo can definitely make a Mario game that only uses touchscreen controls but it wouldn’t be a 2D side-scrolling platformer, and it would be on a Nintendo console. Games that use touchscreen controls can be developed for Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS and the upcoming Wii U – why should Nintendo make Mario games for other platforms?
There has been a lot of push from certain analysts about iPhone games from Nintendo. How do you feel about the idea of Mario being on iPhone? Pushing past that, is it possible to make a Mario game that would be touch screen only?
“We can definitely make a Mario game that’s touch screen only. It wouldn’t be a 2D side-scrolling Mario platformer, but I think we can definitely make games maybe in the vein of Mario vs. Donkey Kong or something like that. I think that’s definitely possible. Would we make that for another platform? No. Of course not. It would be on a Nintendo platform. But it’s definitely something we could do. It just wouldn’t be a 2D side-scrolling platformer.”