Numerous industry figures (including Eidos lifetime president Ian Livingstone) have suggested that Nintendo are well-placed to release their games on other consoles and mobile devices. However, Ninty CEO Satoru Iwata is having none of it.
Speaking to CVG, Iwata blasted the notion as shortsighted and detrimental to Nintendo's working practices. "If I was to take responsibility for the company for just the next one or two years, and if I was not concerned about the long-term future of Nintendo at all, it might make sense for us to provide our important franchises for other platforms, and then we might be able to gain some short-term profit," he said.
“However, I’m really responsible for the long-term future of Nintendo as well, so I would never think about providing our precious resources for other platforms at all.”
Iwata continued by suggesting that Nintendo's hardware and software are inextricably linked. "What I believe is that Nintendo is a very unique company, because it does its business by designing and introducing people to hardware and software - by integrating them, we can be unique. And because we have hardware and software developers in the same building, they stimulate each other."
"And those kinds of conditions have enabled us to create something that no other companies can create," he concluded. "Those kinds of backgrounds are there behind the fact that such a number of great Nintendo franchises exist, and those great franchises always shine for people around the world."
Many publishers and pundits (not to mention gamers) are worried about woeful Q1 sales figures for the Wii U, which only managed to flog 10,000 units in the entire PAL territory. [Insert weekly rant about the lack of killer apps, system-sellers and pathetic hard drive space here.]
Interestingly, Nintendo did release a Pokedex app on iOS - and we reckon that the companion app route could serve them well. As viral advertising if nothing else.