By Siva Om on Tue, 01/21/2014
Welcome to the first installment of Game Centered 2014, it's good to be back in the swing of things after the holidays and CES! Game Centered features roundups and in-depth reviews of the best in iOS games and related gaming news. Among the App Store’s myriad games, it’s all too easy to overlook some of the greats. Each installment of Game Centered will take a close look at a select few worthy of special recognition, as well as any news stories that are particularly relevant to the iOS gaming community.
This week we’ve certainly got a lot games to cover; it's been almost a month since the last Game Centered installment and a lot of great new apps have hit the App Store since then! We've also got a new rumor stirring up interest in the gaming sector; if you’re a fan of Zelda or Mario, you won't want to miss it!
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Rumor: Are Nintendo Games Finally Making Their Way To iOS?
As if all of the above wasn't enough good news, Nintendo president Saturo Iwata, who has for years insisted that Nintendo would NEVER port a game to iOS, has apparently had a change of heart. While acknowledging the incredible growth of mobile devices as a highly competitive platform for gaming, he announced the third consecutive year’s operating loss (of $240 million USD) for the formerly dominant gaming giant.
According to Bloomberg, at a press conference last week, Iwata had this to say: “We are thinking about a new business structure. Given the expansion of smart devices, we are naturally studying how smart devices can be used to grow the game-player business. It’s not as simple as enabling Mario to move on a smartphone. We cannot continue a business without winning. We must take a skeptical approach whether we can still simply make game players, [and] offer them in the same way as in the past.”
While I am not usually one to smile at anyone’s misfortune, I must admit that it brings a grin to my face on behalf of the millions of gamers who would be thrilled if Nintendo ever ported classic hits like Mario Brothers or The Legend of Zelda to iOS as Iwata hinted. While Nintendo’s hardware sales may be lagging, it seems as if they stand to make a lot of money if they opt to enter the iOS gaming market. Stay tuned to iPhone Life and we'll keep you up to date on the latest developments in this story.