With the release of the Sony Xperia Play many mobile watchers have been expecting the inevitable – a smartphone war between Sony and their gaming rival, Nintendo.
But it looks like all that speculation is moot as Nintendo’s president has come out and said that they will not be making a Nintendo phone and will be sticking purely to gaming consoles.
Reggie Fils-Aime, President of Nintendo America, quashed internet rumours, saying:
“We have no desire to get into telephony. We believe that we will earn our way into someone’s pocket without having to offer [phone capability] as an additional factor.”
Despite Nintendo’s main rivals Sony and Microsoft entering the smartphone game, it looks like Nintendo will be sticking with what they do best – creating amazing gaming consoles.
It’s doing pretty well at that too, with the recent launch of their 3DS console being pre-ordered by more than 120,000 people in the UK and completely selling out in Japan in just 24 hours. However, Fils-Amie seems pretty adamant that a Nintendo phone won’t see the light of day though, adding; “Phones are utilities. Phones are not by definition entertainment devices.”
While we’re disappointed we won’t see our retro favourites, such as Mario and Zelda, on our mobiles in the near future, kudos to Nintendo to sticking to their guns and at least they’ll carry on producing fantastic gaming consoles, rather than getting distracted by delving into the mobile sphere.
That said, we still think the future of gaming is in your pocket… as the Sony Xperia Play just goes to show.