John Paul Titlow of ReadWrite has a compelling idea.
Nintendo should stop being a bunch of fuddy-duddies and make its NES and SNES games available for smartphones.
Looking to its 8- and 16-bit glory days could benefit Nintendo’s bottom line, which is looking grim. Cemented to an outdated platform-based gaming ideology, the company is refusing to cash on what Titlow sees as a complementary market.
As he writes, “The mobile ecosystems of today are too massive to sanely ignore.”
Indeed, the original Wii has sold just shy of 100 million units since its launch. That’s less than one-fifth of the number of iOS devices in the world. Meanwhile, Android is on track to hit 1 billion activations later this year.
Aside from the economics, how cool would it be to have a legal copy of Super Mario World at your fingertips all the time? I’m not a mobile gamer, but I’d definitely sacrifice some lunch money to try some of my favourite classic titles on my Android phone.
Check out the full piece to hear Titlow’s argument, which he’s addressed to Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata.
Do you think it will ever happen?