In an effort to save the Wii U, Nintendo’s rumored to be working on a software update for the console that would allow smartphone and tablet developers to release their games on the platform. If it’s true, it’d be a whole new world for Wii U, with virtually hundreds of thousands of titles being available for gamers to choose from.
According to “company sources” at The Japan Times, Nintendo “has offered professional-use conversion software” to app developers in the hope smartphone software will help boost the Wii U’s underwhelming sales figures.
The Japan’s Times thesis, if correct, is in line with Nintendo’s efforts to delve deeper into the mobile market, as its latest earnings report showed doubled growth in digital sales.
Said Nintendo president Satoru Iwata recently:
We will not simply change our existing packaged software distribution channel. Rather, we might have many other types of business models in addition to packaged software. For example, we might see more games that are similar to free-to-play games, games that cost much less or games that require a monthly subscription fee.
Digitalization allows for greater flexibility, whereby having more ways to make payments, both software developers and consumers have more options. And Nintendo 3DS and Wii U have flexible systems to handle such trends, so it is now a question of putting these ideas into action. I can definitely say that Nintendo will make new offers that go well beyond simply replacing packaged software with digital software.
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