Nintendo to Offer Smartphone Apps on Wii U
May 7, 2013 12:00 PM
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The gaming company is offering conversion software to app developers
isn't seeing a lot of success
with its Wii U console, but it's going to try adding smartphone apps as part of a solution.
Nintendo is trying to make it so users can use smartphone apps on the Wii U console in an attempt to attract more buyers. The gaming company is offering conversion software to app developers so the smartphone games are compatible with the console.
This could potentially help solve some of the Wii U's problems. One issue is that the Wii U wasn't released with many software titles, and smartphone apps can help fill that gap while Nintendo works on releasing new games.
Another issue is that consoles now have stiff competition against mobile games, which are cheaper to buy and easier to play, since they can go anywhere your phone goes. Smartphone apps for the Wii U could allow for cheap game purchases, but the problem still remains that smartphones and tablets are more mobile than the Wii U console -- hence, this likely won't offer a boost in the console versus smartphone debate.
Nevertheless, Nintendo can use all the help it can get. Last month, the company missed profit expectations by 50 percent for the fiscal year (it only made 7 billion yen of the 14 billion yen that it had previously predicted). It also posted a year-over-year revenue drop of 1.9 percent to 635.4 billion yen ($6.4 billion USD) when the company was originally hoping for 670 billion yen.
To make matters worse, Nintendo
only sold 3.45 million Wii Us
worldwide for the fiscal year. This just missed the company's projected 4 million in Wii U sales. About 13.42 million units of software sold for the new console as well.
Nintendo expects a profit surge from the 7 billion yen this year to 55 billion yen next year (March 31, 2014) thanks to new games for the Wii U.
Nintendo President Satoru Iwata said new Wii U titles will be released starting this summer.
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5/7/2013 1:55:56 PM
Actually, I'd sooner shoot myself than buy an iPad.
I'm just pointing out that if I had a Wii U already, I'd probably give that a shot. And consider this: existing Android games might be easily modified by the publishers to be 2-player...so in 2-player Angry Birds, you take turns with the pad, and the other player can also see what's happening on the TV. And in Angry Birds especially, the player only does one little thing right at the start of the action - you fling the bird. After which your eyes switch to the TV to watch the mayhem in widescreen glory.
Anyway, if you want to have a fit about the concept, go ahead. I think it might be valid.
"It's okay. The scenarios aren't that clear. But it's good looking. [Steve Jobs] does good design, and [the iPad] is absolutely a good example of that." -- Bill Gates on the Apple iPad
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