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Perhaps the biggest bit of mobile gaming news to drop yesterday was Japanese newspaper Nikkei's report that Nintendo would soon offer an iOS app to market games for its WiiU and 3DS systems. Not only would the app feature information about upcoming games, but in some cases, it'd even offer demos. Alas, according to Engadget, that's all hogwash.
Nintendo sent a statement to Engadget to deny the claims, which read as follows. "Nikkei's article contains information previously stated by Mr Iwata during past press conferences, including statements which relate to Nintendo's willingness to make use of smart devices to promote our products. However during such past announcements Mr Iwata has also stated that Nintendo's intention is not to make Nintendo software available on smart devices and as such, we can confirm that there are no plans to offer minigames on smartphone devices."
Such a shame, as Nintendo could really use something like this right now. As MacRumors notes, it's been having a hard time surviving in a mobile market that's increasingly dominated by smartphones rather than standalone systems, to the point that the once unstoppable game company is reporting its third annual loss. It gets worse. According to Reuters, Nintendo had to revise its financial forecast to predict a loss of 35 billion yen (or $335.76 million) instead of the 100 million yen it had hoped for.
Fans, investors, and analysts have all but begged Nintendo to embrace systems like iOS for their games, but the Japanese game maker remains committed to releasing games on its own hardware. Who knows? Maybe it can pull a rabbit out of its hat. After all, there was a time when people said Apple's hardware line was dead. But these are far different circumstances, and such news suggests an grim future for the creator of gaming favorites like Mario and Link.
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