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Nintendo: there are no plans to offer mini-games on smartphone devices

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Nintendo are denying reports Tuesday of the company planning to launch mini-games on mobile devices, in order to draw more audiences to the Wii U and 3DS.

Published yesterday by Japanese newspaper Nikkei, Nintendo was said to launch trailers and free game demos on Android and iOS devices. The plan was to lure mobile users to these Nintendo mini-games and hopefully reel them in to the full fledge game on the Wii U or 3DS. However, Nintendo issued a statement today that flat out denies what Nikkei wrote.

We can confirm that we have not made any new announcements or disclosed the contents of the Corporate Management Policy Briefing which will be held in Japan on 30th January 2014.

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.

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.

We will share the materials from Mr Iwata’s Corporate Management Policy Briefing in English when his presentation is finished.

While Nintendo will use mobile devices to pick up lackluster hardware sales, it will not be in the form of playable mobile games. Nintendo is expected to reveal their mobile strategy this Thursday.