Rumours of Nintendo working on its own mobile phone have been appearing on and off for the past decade, and recently we even heard that the idea almost become a reality back in 2004. The prospect of owning a mobile telecommunications device crafted to suit Nintendo’s unique vision is a tantalising one, but the firm has so far refused to embrace the notion. With shareholders calling for Nintendo to make its titles available for a wider audience by embracing existing mobile platforms such as iOS and Android, you might assume that the time for creating a unique mobile device has long since passed, but we’re not so sure. In fact, it could be argued that there’s never been a better time for Nintendo to release a handset of its own.
Would you switch phones for Mario? Would anyone?
Then again, imagine if Google struck a deal with Nintendo – a full, proper Android phone from Nintendo, with exclusive access to Nintendo’s games via Nintendo’s own additional platform. Could potentially work.
But then Nintendo would probably have to deal with Microsoft trying to leach money out of it for running Android.
I already own a Mario(fish) Chromebook. 😉
Knowing Nintendo, there’s no way they’d put out a full Android phone. It would probably be a gimped monstrosity like the Amazon phone and IMO, a horrible idea. What they really SHOULD do is start releasing some of their older titles for iOS/Android. They could probably make a killing with a proper port of Super Mario 3.