Nintendo Reportedly Looking to Make Game Controllers for iOS

Nintendo Reportedly Looking to Make Game Controllers for iOS

As the saying goes, if you can't beat them, make game controllers for them. Or something like that. Nintendo, who has seen mobile gaming shift from dedicated portable consoles like its DS series to touchscreen-enabled smartphones, may try to bridge the gap. As traditional games migrate to touchscreen devices, they can be hard to control, leading to less complicated apps like Angry Birds and Flappy Birds. Still, there are a lot of games meant for diamond pad navigation, analog control sticks, trigger shooters, and more.

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Fortunately, Apple has developed specifications for such add-on controllers. Some lesser-known vendors like Steel Series have jumped in, but Nintendo may also see an opening. Also, by delivering a more traditional hands-on experience to gamers, the game company may build on their loyalty. My daughter has an iPhone and iPad, but still prefers some DS games. A large part of the reason for Nintendo's success is its exclusivity with Splatoon, Mario, and other themes. Unlike Star Wars or other franchises, there are no cross-platform licenses for Nintendo's properties. This has allowed Nintendo to sell consoles simply because Mario was only available on its platform. The company already has iOS apps like Miitomo, to promote its console experience to iOS users, but it has released few full-fledged games, yet. Perhaps this move to make controllers is an indication of a change in direction, with Mario-based games on iOS still to come.

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