• Nintendo's Smartphones Efforts Unveiled



    As part of its latest financial results briefing, Nintendo unveiled a new web-based service optimized for smartphones to coincide with the upcoming release of Mario Kart 8. The web app will allow all users to view gameplay videos and other information, although those with a Nintendo Network ID will be able to upload videos, establish their rankings and see friend activity over time.

    This is the layout for a smartphone. This web service will enable more people to easily watch Nintendo’s official videos, view rankings, watch videos that their friends have shared and videos of tournaments in which they have participated.

    This “Mario Kart TV” (temp.) web service is available even for players without NNIDs, but by logging into the service with an NNID, they will be able to easily find their rankings, videos that their friends have shared, videos of tournaments in which they have participated, and it will be convenient to access this service through smart devices even when they are not at home.
    The reveal of the new service comes four months after Nintendo president Satoru Iwata acknowledged that the company would consider “a new business structure” that involves smart devices after a third consecutive annual loss. Shortly after Iwata’s comments, Japanese business newspaper Nikkei reported that Nintendo’s mobile push would focus on marketing demos and not full games, with those claims later denied by Nintendo.

    Nintendo has faced heavy competition from mobile platforms in recent years with App Annie and IDC discovering that consumer spending on games for iOS and Android rose to four times that of dedicated gaming handhelds. Nintendo’s investors have also called on the company to develop titles for iOS and other platforms, while others have suggested that Nintendo should “buy its way” into the smartphone market by either acquiring technology or developing their own. Although his newest web service may not be a large initial showing, it may also indicate that Nintendo is testing the waters ahead of more full-fledged efforts in the future.

    Source: Nintendo via Engadget
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Nintendo's Smartphones Efforts Unveiled started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 7 Comments
    1. utahfuntimes's Avatar
      utahfuntimes -
      WooHoo. This is EXACTLY what consumers are clamoring for. It's bold moves like this that will help get Nintendo back into the black again.

      [SNARK]
    1. jwil736's Avatar
      jwil736 -
      Lmao what a joke. People don't want to watch video of games they aren't playing...
    1. djaquapimp's Avatar
      djaquapimp -
      Quote Originally Posted by jwil736 View Post
      Lmao what a joke. People don't want to watch video of games they aren't playing...
      Actually there are quite a few people that do this with other games as well as online MMOs. So the demand is there
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by djaquapimp View Post
      Actually there are quite a few people that do this with other games as well as online MMOs. So the demand is there
      What demand...like, five people? Sounds like a winner to me 😒

      Nintendo is so enveloped in their bubble that I don't know if they'll ever make it. Without new leadership and innovation, they'll be going the way of Blackberry.

      Quote Originally Posted by jwil736 View Post
      Lmao what a joke. People don't want to watch video of games they aren't playing...
      +1
      Here's an idea...
      Instead of letting us watch useless videos of games, how bout you let us...wait for it...play the games!!!!

      I know, mind-blowing!
    1. yorrick's Avatar
      yorrick -
      I would have guessed the new Nintendo handset would be a flip / clamshell design with a bottom touch screen and non-touch top screen. Oh ... hang on!
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by yorrick View Post
      I would have guessed the new Nintendo handset would be a flip / clamshell design with a bottom touch screen and non-touch top screen. Oh ... hang on!
      It will also have the WiFis and 8 geebees of memory! LOL
    1. djaquapimp's Avatar
      djaquapimp -
      Quote Originally Posted by thazsar View Post
      What demand...like, five people? Sounds like a winner to me 😒

      Nintendo is so enveloped in their bubble that I don't know if they'll ever make it. Without new leadership and innovation, they'll be going the way of Blackberry.
      Short sighted reply. But yeah.... Totally only 5 people.... (Being sarcastic)

      Also you are crazy if you think Nintendo is anywhere close to where blackberry is. They own several of the most successful games in history. Mario is an icon and the best selling video game series ever. Not to mention they own Pokemon too through a subsidy, game freak. Or how about all the innovations that others are still imitating? Yeah Nintendo definitely has nothing going for it like blackberry..... (More sarcasm)
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