Although The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wind was Nintendo’s focus at E3 2016 this year, it wasn’t the only game featured on the company’s two-day live stream. Rather, Nintendo kicked things off with an in-depth look at Pokemon Sun and Moon, the two newest entries in the popular portable franchise.
The traditional press conferences are over, but Nintendo still has something interesting in store for E3 2016. As we explained last month, Nintendo will forego both a stage presentation and a Nintendo Direct live stream in favor of a more laid-back stream from the Nintendo Treehouse team, featuring some of the company’s biggest upcoming games on Wii U and 3DS. More →
While browsing Apple’s App Store this weekend, you may have been surprised to see an iconic game sitting among the most popular iPhone apps. When a Pokemon Yellow app appeared in the App Store for $0.99, many unsuspecting users quickly jumped at the chance to finally have the highly-additive Nintendo RPG on their mobile devices. Those people would end up disappointed because the app was plagued by crashes, making it completely unplayable. What’s more, it was an unauthorized copy created by “House of Anime,” and Nintendo had nothing to do with it. The game peaked at No.3 on the App Store charts and garnered a one-and-a-half star rating with 1,352 negative reviews before it was finally pulled by Apple, Ars Technica reported. Though thousands of people ended up getting ripped off by this obvious fake that Apple let into its App Store, there is one positive takeaway from the ordeal: if Nintendo ever does decide to stray from its current stance and build iOS apps, the company will undoubtedly have some blockbusters on its hands. More →
Nintendo’s president Satoru Iwata recently reiterated that Nintendo will not develop games for Apple’s iPad, iPod and iPhone, despite recent pressure from investors to jump on the iOS bandwagon. “This is absolutely not under consideration,” Iwata told the Japanese news outlet Nikkei following the company’s recent 3DS press conference. “If we did this, Nintendo would cease to be Nintendo. Having a hardware development team in-house is a major strength. It’s the duty of management to make use of those strengths. It’s probably the correct decision in the sense that the moment we started to release games on smartphones we’d make profits. However, I believe my responsibility is not to short term profits, but to Nintendo’s mid and long term competitive strength.” Several analysts have argued that Nintendo will continue to struggle against mobile gaming platforms that offer a larger selection of free or $0.99 games. Nintendo recently dropped the price of the 3DS to $169.99, which helped increase sales, but the system is still expected to miss sales targets for the year. According to AdriaSang, which translated the Nikkei article, Iwata believes Nintendo’s current business model works and he expects that to be reflected during the holiday shopping season. More →
At least one investor is calling on Nintendo to begin developing titles for Apple’s iOS platform, a move away from the company’s standard practice of developing for its own portable gaming consoles. “Smartphones are the new battlefield for the gaming industry,” Stats Investment Management Co. fund manager Masamitsu Ohki said. “Nintendo should try to either buy its way into this platform or develop something totally new.” Despite Ohki’s push and recent rumors that Nintendo would create a Pokémon title for Android and iOS, Nintendo’s president Satoru Iwata has said his company will not develop games for mobile platforms. Nintendo’s latest portable gaming system, the 3DS, was met with lukewarm reviews when it launched in the United States and the company has attributed a lack of attractive games to its relatively poor sales performance. The Japanese gaming company recently dropped the price to $169.99, nearly $100 cheaper than its debut price point, to attract new consumers. It also announced a new 3DS “Ambassador Program” that will provide 20 free games to anyone who purchases a device and signs into the Nintendo eStore by the end of the day on August 11th. More →