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Nintendo dismisses rumor of plans to offer mini-games on iOS or Android devices

Mario and Luigi on iPhone
Mario and Luigi on iPhone
Don't expect to see Mario and Luigi on the iPhone anytime soon.

A Nikkei report released Tuesday claimed that Nintendo planned to announce plans to release "mini-games" or playable demos of Wii U and Nintendo 3DS titles to via an app to smartphones and tablets this year. The company has since denied that claim from the Japanese news outlet.

"Nikkei's article contains information previously stated by Mr. Iwata during past press conferences, including statements which relate to Nintendo's willingness to make use of smart devices to promote our products," Nintendo wrote in a statement to Engadget.

"However during such past announcements Mr. Iwata has also stated that Nintendo's intention is not to make Nintendo software available on smart devices and as such, we can confirm that there are no plans to offer mini-games on smartphone devices."

Nintendo announced nearly two weeks ago that the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014 will see the company's third straight annual loss following poor sales of the Wii U and less than expected sales of the Nintendo 3DS. President Saturo Iwata stated during a press conference: "Given the expansion of smart devices, we are naturally studying how smart devices can be used to grow the game-player business. It’s not as simple as enabling Mario to move on a smartphone."

That statement caused a rife of speculation and rumors on what Nintendo's next step will be with the Nikkei report being the latest.

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