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Why classic Nintendo games belong on our phones

- May 8th, 2013

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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 Cemented to an outdated platform-based gaming ideology, the company is refusing to cash on what Titlow sees as a complementary market.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?

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3 comments

  1. Tom Sawyer | May 9, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Never going to happen. Nintendo might as well sell Mario to Microsoft while they’re at it. Every company has their exclusives for a reason. Nintendo just happens to have the best ones with the most longevity. I understand the jealousy and why everyone wants to play these classic games. Hence the incentive to buy a console (I happen to own every Nintendo iteration). Putting Mario on mobile devices would be akin to Nintendo committing suicide. Let’s let DC have Spider-Man and Captain Americawhile we’re at it…

  2. iPhone User | May 9, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    There are ways to still download SNES games through emulators. I have SNES A.D.X+ on my jailbroken iphone and I can download pretty much any game I want. I agree that it should be easier to access for the everyday smartphone user but it would come with a cost.

  3. Tofu Survivor | May 10, 2013 at 3:26 am

    Does anyone who whines about Nintendo not making iOS ports of their classic games ever stop and think just how god awful they would work with touchscreen controls? Those type of games just do not fit the platform at all and I’m glad Nintendo is smart enough to realize that.

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