Nintendo Is Experimenting With iOS Apps

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As crazy as it may seem, this year marks Nintendo's 125th anniversary, from its origins as a playing card company back in September 1889, to its status as a gaming powerhouse today.As much as we love Nintendo, however, it has been pretty reticent about embracing the world of mobile gaming; refusing to port any of its core titles to iOS and forcing the takedown of emulators that have tried to provide this (slightly illegal) service. True gamers that we are, though, we hold out hope that one day Nintendo may see the light. With that in mind, here's our list of the 8 Nintendo titles we'd love to see on our iPhone screens.Scroll through our gallery to see which ones made the cut.

As crazy as it may seem, this year marks Nintendo's 125th anniversary, from its origins as a playing card company back in September 1889, to its status as a gaming powerhouse today.

As much as we love Nintendo, however, it has been pretty reticent about embracing the world of mobile gaming; refusing to port any of its core titles to iOS and forcing the takedown of emulators that have tried to provide this (slightly illegal) service. True gamers that we are, though, we hold out hope that one day Nintendo may see the light. With that in mind, here's our list of the 8 Nintendo titles we'd love to see on our iPhone screens.

Scroll through our gallery to see which ones made the cut.


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  • Maxx1987

    It’s about freaking time. When you look at how good EA is selling apps and how good GTA works on the iPad. It can’t be to hard for Nintendo to sell lot’s of apps on the iPad and iPhone as well. Starting with Super Mario World, everyone will buy that one!

  • iJustinCabral

    If nintendo released Super Mario Kart, Super Mario World, and Pokemon on iOS, they would easily become the top paid apps.

  • Derek Schlicker

    Contrary to what Reggie Fils-Aime says, they’re not being smart about this at all. They don’t even need to develop new games.

    Take anything popular from the NES, Super NES and N64, update the look and feel of the old school mario and zelda games, sell them for $5, and they’ll rake in millions without a lot of cost.

    If anything, they’re being dumb by not fully committing to re-releasing old games. Really dumb.

  • Steven Quan

    Don’t agree with the author at all. His analogy with Apple doesn’t hold any water. Nintendo could easily port over old games like the original Legend of Zelda or Mario Kart (the SNES version) which Nintendo has no intention of ever re-releasing on any of their new consoles.

    Those old ancient games are no different from games like Pac Man, Street Fighter 2, Galaga, Defender, or Joust, all of which can easily be found in the App Store. These are old ancient games that nobody would release on a dedicated console like a Wii U, but would fit right in on a iPhone or iPad.

    Nintendo doesn’t even have to design the freaking game, all the hard work is done. All they have to do is port it over. If Nintendo would offer the original SNES version of Mario Kart with online playability that would undoubtedly be an overnight hit and it wouldn’t even be that hard because the graphics on the original Mario Kart were ancient.

    The old games like the original Mario Kart do not have anything to do with Nintendo’s long term gaming strategy. That’s why the author is wrong when he makes the comparison with Apple. Apple does have a long term strategy with their vertical integration of building software and hardware, but the older Nintendo games have nothing to do with Nintendo’s present or future long term strategic goals. None of those games would show up on any of Nintendo’s new consoles, hand held or not so what’s the point of holding them back?

  • Confusion_Lives

    I would have to say “Bye Bye Nintendo”, your future looks bleak when you’re so narrow minded. I am not about to go and by another console just to play your games, however I have two kids that would love to play mario kart etc on their iPads. There’s money you’ll never see.