The big Nintendo news this week is that the company may be planning to bring game demos and even mini games to mobile in an effort to pull back some of their dwindling numbers, but before you get excited that Mario and friends will be coming to an iPhone near you, Nintendo have refuted the claims.
In a message that was released by Nintendo this afternoon the company has admitted that they have previously stated a willingness to make use of smartphones, but any immediate plans to offer demos and mini games on mobiles isn’t at all true. The news originated from Japanese site Nikkei which mentioned that Nindendo had plans to increase the sales of software and consoles by the end of the year by offering mini games and game demos on mobile.
In a statement sent to Engadget earlier this afternoon a Nintendo Spokespoerson said:
“Nikkei’s article contains information previously stated by Mr Iwata during past press conferences, including statements which relate to Nintendo’s willingness to make use of smart devices to promote our products.
However during such past announcements Mr Iwata has also stated that Nintendo’s intention is not to make Nintendo software available on smart devices and as such, we can confirm that there are no plans to offer minigames on smartphone devices.”
So there you have it. No Super Smash Bros demo on your iPhone, no Mario Kart 8 on your Nexus 7. It’s just not happening.