Thursday, May 9, 2013
Rumor: Nintendo To Wii U Enable Conversion Software For Smartphone App Developers

Rumor: Nintendo To Wii U Enable Conversion Software For Smartphone App Developers

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.

Would you consider buying a Wii U if smartphone and tablet games were suddenly available on the console? Share your thoughts.

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  • Wolf1888

    Now that’s a real solution!

    I never thought of if, but really, this seems like a genius idea to me. I am not a really big gamer when it comes to mobile gaming, but I can see a lot of potential in this move.

    I’m actually quite happy for Nintendo and the Wii U, I hope it will not fail. We need as many console choices as possible, because competition is really good, and it makes us, the customers, the kings in this business. Competition is the exact reason why Microsoft backed out of its AlwaysOnline Xbox plan. If there was no competition, we would’ve have to play on consoles way less amazing than what we are getting with this next gen.

    So yeah, I’m glad Nintendo found a solution, we need as many players in the game to keep the game challenging to the others. Now let’s just hope it works and it helps the Wii U to make a comeback, just like we talked in an other article.

  • ernicegilbert

    Exactly. And you know what? I know many hate on Microsoft pretty often, but Sony wouldn’t have gotten its act together if Microsoft didn’t shake them up a bit. Say one, say two.

    But yeah, I’m hoping this works out for Nintendo. Like you said, competition makes the consumers Kings and Queens! Can’t keep the girl gamers out! LOL.

  • Wolf1888

    LOL! You’re right!

    And yeah, people wishing for a console to disapear, simply does not understand what it implies.

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