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Nintendo seems to be toying around with making an Android tablet

Published Nov 20th, 2013 12:15PM EST
Nintendo Android Tablet Rumor

Could Nintendo finally be breaking down and branching out to other platforms? Nintendo Everything has picked out a series of tweets by a Nintendo software engineer discussing an internal Android tablet project. The tweets are fairly detailed and the engineer describes how he is “experimenting with a tablet of Nintendo, the system is based on Android, fully modified and unified as a database of the tablet.” The engineer also says that “Nintendo is testing only the “Android” but in fact she wants a system written in C/C++ in a Unix environment for the system single tablet!”

It’s not clear how a Nintendo employee would not grasp the importance of the nondisclosure agreement he has no doubt signed, but the Twitter account seems legitimate and the revealing tweets were recently removed. Doing a tablet aimed at the educational market might be the kind of a cautious compromise that would let Nintendo enter the tablet market without compromising its portable gaming empire. This way, Nintendo could leverage some of its most popular characters while keeping the actual core franchises on the 3DS and Wii U.

After launching mobile game company SpringToys tragically early in 2000, Tero Kuittinen spent eight years doing equity research at firms including Alliance Capital and Opstock. He is currently an analyst and VP of North American sales at mobile diagnostics and expense management Alekstra, and has contributed to, Forbes and Business 2.0 Magazine in addition to BGR.