Bloomberg has recently reported that things at Nintendo look grim as investors are now pressuring Nintendo to re-invent themselves by building iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad games:
The rift highlights the dilemma President Satoru Iwata faces as consumers shun Nintendo devices to play games on iPhones, iPads and Facebook Inc.’s website. The flop of the 3DS debut prompted the company to slash prices 40 percent in Japan starting today, the first time the games developer has resorted to such a move within six months of a product’s debut.
Sadly the launch the the Nintendo 3DS has been a flop all the way. They’ve dropped the price as much as 40% in certain markets to stimulate sales, but experts don’t think that will work. As the quality of games in all the major Smartphone platforms continue to grow, it really makes you wonder why Nintendo doesn’t choose to simply buy a Smartphone company and port the games to a new, more usable device. With the iPhone and iPod Touch fitting comfortably in the pocket of any child, and where games are a lot cheaper, the need to carry a bulky portable console is clearly becoming less attractive. Nintendo hasn’t officially declined their intent to follow the requests of investors, but if today’s price drop on the 3DS doesn’t work, be sure you’ll be playing Mario on your iPhone in no time.