Posted by Chris Martin 11 December 2013
Why you can't get Nintendo games like Mario on iPhone and Android
Wouldn't it just be amazing if you could play all your favourite Nintendo games like Mario and Zelda on your iPhone, iPad or Android device? The answer is yes, but that's never going to happen and here's why.
The Nintendo Wii U arrived about a year ahead of its next-generation console rivals, the Xbox One and PS4. It's had a difficult time with a lack of interest leading to poor sales. It's a tough battle to fight but Nintendo has some serious ammunition up its sleeve giving gamers reasons to invest - the games. The main one is Super Mario 3D World which has got rave reviews.
If you want to play the latest Mario game then you'll have to buy a Wii U because it's exclusive to Nintendo's console. There are many other games on the way too including Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and a new Zelda game. These titles are likely to result in a surge of sales for the Wii U this Christmas and next year.
The same is true of Nintendo's DS handheld range which has exclusives like Mario Kart 7, Luigi's Mansion 2, Animal Crossing, Pokemon XY and Zelda: A link between worlds.
It would be brilliant if these games were available on other platforms, especially smartphones and tablets – although some would be potentially difficult to play with only a touchscreen – but don't be surprised if this never happens. Nintendo's much loved franchises are the firm's big lure or selling point and there are a lot of them – we've only mentioned some of the big ones here.
So if Nintendo was to make app versions of its games, gamers would have fewer, or no, reasons to buy its hardware (the 3DS and 2DS are selling well). It would also make far less profit on mobile versions of its games compared to console versions.