Mario Will Not Be on Smartphones

Following Nintendo’s release of lowered financials and sales projections, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata insists that taking Mario to smartphones is not going to happen.

No Mario on Smartphones


In accordance with Japan Realtime, Mr. Iwata said at a news conference Friday,

“The spread of smart devices does not spell the end of game consoles. It’s not that simple. The key is to figure out a way to use smartphones to make people aware of Nintendo’s games, and encourage them to try out the console version of the games.”

“It doesn’t mean that we should put Mario on smartphones.”

Meanwhile, Nintendo is beefing up its research and development budget. Mr. Iwata promises to “surprise game players in the future.” While there are plenty of unknowns, Nintendo isn’t saying game over to consoles just yet.

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