Nintendo Wants Smartphone Apps to Boost Wii U Game Console

Nintendo Asks Developers of Popular Smartphone Apps to Port Their Games to Wii U

by Anton Shilov
05/07/2013 | 10:03 PM

Nintendo Wii U has failed to become a success and with the launch of next-generation video game systems by Microsoft Corp. and Sony Corp. will barely be in demand by core gamers. In an attempt to improve appeal of the console to gamers, Nintendo has reportedly begun working with developers of popular smartphone programs regarding porting their titles to the unsuccessful platforms.


Nintendo has developed professional-use conversion software to application developers so they can produce smartphone games that can be played on Wii U, reports the Japan Times. Nintendo hopes that programs that are popular on smartphones and tablets will help spur Wii U console sales, which will in turn lead to an increase in popular game titles for them, according to sources, who spoke with the media outlet on the condition of anonymity.

Technical details of the initiative are completely unclear. It is unknown whether Nintendo wants to run apps originally designed for Apple iOS, Google Android and other mobile platforms on Wii U itself, or the Wii U gamepad controller with touchscreen. Theoretically, it is possible to run simplistic apps on the gamepad itself (some of the games that Nintendo originally demonstrated could be run on the gamepad) and process advanced apps on Wii U console. However, mobile apps are designed for multi-touch screens whereas Wii U gamepad’s display with 854*480 resolution does not support multi-touch.

Even though the idea of running mobile apps on Nintendo Wii U will clearly improve its attraction for the gamers, it remains to be seen whether a lot of developers will be interested in porting their titles to platform with 3.5 million installed base worldwide. Yet another question is whether gamers need a console to play games they already own on their mobile gadgets.

Nintendo did not comment on the news-story.