Nintendo investors want to see Mario and Luigi on the iPhone

Posted In Apps, iPhone - By Ryan On Friday, August 12th, 2011 With 0 Comments

Mario Brothers on iPhone

Big boss at Nintendo, Satoru Iwata, has always dug his heels in about porting games to non-Nintendo consoles, but it looks like Nintendo investors aren’t giving him a choice anymore. They want to see the company take a chunk of the smartphone apps pie, especially in light of the poor sales figures coming back from the Nintendo 3DS.

Mobile gaming is huge, and continues to grow exponentially, and Nintendo investors have had enough of watching from afar. They’ve started throwing ideas around on how best to dive into the market, and will most likely look to kick off by launching their flagship Mario game franchise on iPhone and possibly even Facebook. There are some serious numbers behind both platforms, both in terms of users and bottom-line profits. Just ask success stories like PopCap, Zynca, EA Games and Angry Birds creator Rovio.

Nintendo fund manager Masamitsu Ohki said, “Smartphones are the new battlefield for the gaming industry. Nintendo should try to either buy its way into this platform or develop something totally new.”

Before you go trying to build yet another platform Nintendo crew, here’s a little piece of advice from a self-confessed Mario nut. Copy-Mario-from-Wii, paste-Mario-onto-smartphones. The gold in them thar hills is waiting for you if you keep it simple and deliver the same age-old Mario experience we’ve known and loved for decades.

About - With at least 20 phones tucked away in drawers around the house and office, Ryan is a buy-to-try mobile consumer and loves playing with new handsets. Right now he's stuck on the iPhone 4.

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