I’m sure you’re all up to speed now on the acquisition by Nintendo to acquire DeNA and create smartphone titles based on Nintendo IP’s. During a corporate briefing Nintendo president Satoru Iwata said that the company never ruled out making games for smartphones and tablets and had never dismissed the idea.
Of course, Nintendo will utilize smart devices as communication media for Nintendo IP. In addition, so that our consumers will be closely connected with them, we will deploy a game business which takes advantage of Nintendo IP.
Quite a few of you must be wondering why Nintendo, which has never deviated from its cautious stance in regard to the possibility of deploying its game business on smart devices, has now changed its policy.
Please note, however, that I was not dismissing the idea of making games for smart devices per se as I stated at the January 2014 Corporate Management Policy Briefing that a development team of Nintendo would create a smart device application, and please also note that I had not ruled out the possibility of making games when we make use of these devices.
– Nintendo president, Satoru Iwata