Since Nintendo‘s president Satoru Iwata recently announced that the company is assembling a small team to:
“focus on achieving greater ties with our consumers on smart devices and expanding our platform business”,
many gaming sites and reviewers have been quick to say what a horrible idea that is, some going so far as to predict that it could be the death knell for Nintendo. The main criticism seems to be that there’s just no way to port a game that was designed and tested to be played with one of Nintendo’s unique controllers to a device with only touchscreen and accelerometer inputs. To do so would only tarnish the memory of Nintendo’s great games, and would give newcomers the wrong impression about what they can expect from the company’s other products. I would agree, if that were the case, but it doesn’t appear so.
All we know for sure is that they haven’t specifically ruled out using some of their characters on mobile platforms, but there is no indication that they have any intention of rehashing older titles, or offering any kind of virtual console (cue involuntary shuddering at the thought of a virtual D-pad). The apps would be totally new projects, and I believe that Nintendo definitely has the brainpower and creativity to come up with games for that format that could stand on their own. Personally, I think there are a few franchises of theirs that would translate well… for example, a mobile version of Mario Party with a few well done mini games (preferably some multiplayer) might be just the thing to draw people to the Wii U.