Nintendo recently decided to try and kick start sales of the 3DS console by announcing a price cut for the device. We have also looked at the possibility of Nintendo becoming just a game developer in a similar fashion to Sega. Today we are asking why Nintendo’s Mario should appear on the iPhone, as investors have their say.
Investors of the company seem to be growing restless and think Nintendo should develop titles for Apple’s iPhone. Many consumers are turning their backs on the 3DS in favor of playing games on the iPhone and other smartphone devices. According to Bloomberg Nintendo’s President has said the company would only make game titles for its own products while he remains in charge.
Fund manager Masamitsu Ohki feels the company should change its strategy, and look into buying a way into the smartphone market, or “develop something totally new”. Recently Nintendo’s shares rose sharply after Pokemon Co. revealed that it was working on a title for the iPhone, and devices running on Android.
The slow take up of the 3DS has been blamed on the shortage of hit titles by Iwata, and led to the company slashing its profit expectations by 82%. Meanwhile gaming on iDevices is soaring with games such as Angry Birds leading the way.
It’s not just games on smartphones that are competing with Nintendo, as many users play games on their Facebook accounts now. This has lead to the likes of Sony embracing the market by releasing the PoxNora strategy game on the social networking site last year.
The price drop for the 3DS is about to get underway, and in the lead up to Christmas Super Mario 3DLand arrives on November 13th, and Mario Kart is due to release on December 4th for the console. This may lead to bigger sales of the device, which is currently being outsold by older versions of the DS.
Some quarters have also been unimpressed with the Wii U, Nintendo’s latest home console due for release early next year. Investors are urging the company to make acquisitions and make use of the big cash reserves Nintendo are sitting on. Maybe some people are getting ahead of themselves, and the 3DS could still prove to be a huge success.
The PlayStation 3 got off to a slow start, which at the time was put down to price and launch titles. Once more is known about the Wii U including pricing and launch titles, interest in the device can easily increase.
Do you think Nintendo need to make games for the iPhone?