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Official Nintendo games finally coming to Android and iOS

If you really wanted to get a Nintendo-flavored hit of gaming on your Droid or iPhone, you could have already nabbed an SNES emulator and a few ROMs, but that’s hardly official. Well, that’s changing and I think some pigs may have just grown wings: Nintendo is finally developing for both Android and iOS.

This comes as quite the shocker, really, considering that Nintendo’s previous position had been an adamant avoidance of platforms that “competed” against its own DS line (and Game Boy before that). I guess the tides are changing. Maybe Shiggy, Iwata-san, and Reggie are finally seeing the smartphone-tinted light.

The official foray into Android and iOS for Nintendo is an app called Pokemon Say Tap?. As expected, it does the Pokemon thing, but it combines card game and rhythm game elements. I’m not so interested in seeing Pokemon on iOS and Android as I am in seeing Nintendo finally giving these platforms a shake. Should we expect to see Kirby, Mario, Samus, Link, Star Fox, and others soon?

Maybe not. Nintendo has officially iterated that while it has now jumped into iOS and Android, its overall strategy on developing games for smartphones, “hasn’t changed and won’t change.”



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  1. Actually this article is a load of nonsense. The only game which potentially may appear on a smartphone is a pokemon game of some sorts. Pokemon is not entirely owned by Nintendo (32% share last i checked), therefore the Pokemon co is free to put games on any platform it chooses. This is not a Nintendo decision and you will never see the likes of Mario or Zelda on a smartphone. At least check your facts and report accurately before writing widely incorrect and unfounded articles like this.

  2. No, there won’t be any major Nintendo games on iOS or Android. They’re just using their strong IP’s to develop half-assed games that people will buy because their name is attached to it.

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