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Digitimes Rumour: Nintendo Once Again Looking At Developing Gaming Themed Phone

DigiTimes rumours over the years have been interesting and a lot of them haven’t amounted to anything, but sometimes, they do get it spot on. This time the technology site is reporting that they have heard rumours that Nintendo is planning to once again develop a smartphone. They state that they have heard that the gaming themed handset will be able to integrate with the Nintendo Switch. Remember this is a rumour, so only time will tell if it is correct.

Despite the fact that gaming handsets are a niche-market segment, other players including Xiaomi, Vivo, Nintendo and Nubia are either strengthening their presence in the market or planning to enter it, said the sources.

There have been speculations about Nintendo planning to launch a gaming handset that can integrate with its Switch consoles, the Japan-based vendor has yet to respond to such speculations.


Thanks to Christopher B for the news tip!

21 thoughts on “Digitimes Rumour: Nintendo Once Again Looking At Developing Gaming Themed Phone”

    1. .
      Rumours are still news, you know.

      Anyway, true or not.

      This is exciting.

      I hope Nintendo gives Giuseppe Avanzato’s Nintendo Plus concept a chance.

      His smartphone design is truly sensational.

      The phone runs in Android Marshmallow.

      It uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with a 5.1 inch Full HD AMOLED panel.

      And this phone comes with native emulators of popular Nintendo Consoles.

      There’s a kick slider. You can also spin the screen with the rotation opening mechanism.

      It features dedicated gaming buttons along with 2 removable thumb sticks, 4 action buttons, and a D-pad.

      It works as a phone armed with a stylus pen, a hidden SIM slot, a 3000mAh battery, and 12-megapixel camera.

      Check out the design here:

      1. WetWaluigi, if you have a smartphone, hold it horizontally and touch your thumbs to the middle of the screen. It’s not an odd grip at all.

      1. still adding rumors isn’t really good publicity using word of mouth nay say is one of the main reasons news sites go down. harsh but true.

  1. I will only ever accept Nintendo making a “phone” if they release something that is essentially a handheld device with phone capabilities, but is a gaming system primarily. So something like the N-Gage but actually successful.

  2. Sounds interesting! But I really think they should focus on the Switch instead, or Switch Pro or 2 or whatever they decide… but please, PLEASE actually make games Switch 2 exclusive… there were only like 4 for n3ds.

  3. I think Nintendo would be better off making the Switch more portable instead of making an entirely different thing so that game title distribution won’t be split again. Also, their own phone would just encourage them to make a lot more mobile games, and I haven’t really found a mobile game that I really find enjoyable.

  4. not likely to happen since it may cannibalize Switch sales, i would see this if and only if the Switch flopped within the first year.

    1. I’ve said this 1 million times to everybody who brings this up. Mobiles and dedicated handhelds are different groups of people and they can coexist. Who cares if 3DS sold half of DS because of smart phones? It still has a market. Believing Switch is Nintendo’s only future just because it did well is setting yourself up for major disappointment because there are other groups out there and Nintendo will never ignore it just like Sony and Microsoft will try to bite into the streaming market.

  5. This would probably be the smartest route if they still want to make a portable successor to the 3DS. It’s not so often people want to carry an entirely different device from their phone, so if you can’t beat them join them. If they do make the gaming phone, I’m sensing it may be digital only, so physical software would likely be phased out — though… on the other hand, Nintendo has not really been too great on memory within their consoles and with games only increasing in size, the requirement or average memory for the phone would be upwards of 200GB (factoring in normal non gaming data too).

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