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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5/8/2013 12:22:41 PM
I find it terribly amusing that someone who can't use proper writing techniques can call me stupid. My point was that, despite numerous prophecies of demise, Nintendo is doing quite well. The Wii U isn't selling as well as it should but it will do much better.
Nintendo games would sell fine on other consoles. But why would they do that? And people aren't willing to pay $30-40 for an iPad game. They just won't sell. Sure they could go to freemium bait and switch but that's not the type of company Nintendo is. Plus, where did I say cellphone games is all Nintendo would make? You're the one that compared cellphones to consoles, not I.
But twist things however you like. I really don't care. Nintendo will do just fine once their AAA games hit the Wii U, just like the 3DS took off when the big hitters came for that. Should they have done a better job with that? Sure. But I don't regret buying a Wii U for my house.
I also didn't regret buying an Xbox 360, although it sees very little use these days. And I likely won't regret buying the next Xbox. The problem with Nintendo developing for those consoles is they would be limited by their vision. The Wii was a success because Nintendo was able to make games that fit the vision they had because of the hardware. Same for the DS and now the 3DS. The Wii U will get there. In fact, Nintendo could very well outlast all the other dedicated home console makers because of the converging technology markets. They are the only ones that deliver experiences that are completely unique to every other form of gaming. There is very little the Xbox or Playstation offer that you can't get on a PC, yet the experience between a Nintendo console and PC are worlds apart.
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