Nintendo’s refusal to release games for mobile devices is almost legendary. Despite proof that such a move would be great for the company, and demand from gamers for the company to release their games for smartphones and markets, Nintendo has refused to budge. In fact the closest thing Nintendo will do is release an app but not games.
To that extent Hong Kong hedge fund manager, Seth Fischer, has once again implored Nintendo to consider making that move to mobile. Heck, Fischer goes as far as telling Nintendo that if they do go mobile, they should go the free-to-play route which he believes will result in very profitable games.
To quote Fischer in a letter he wrote and was summarily obtained by The Wall Street Journal, “We believe Nintendo can create very profitable games based on in-game revenue models with the right development team.” He later adds a somewhat controversial statement, “Just think of paying 99 cents just to get Mario to jump a little higher.”
There is no doubt that if Nintendo were to release games for mobile, they would do very well given their reputation and their attention to quality for their games. In fact it makes it easier for gamers who would not have to buy a specific piece of hardware just to play one of Nintendo’s titles. While we do hope that Nintendo will eventually reconsider, we sincerely hope that the free-to-play model will not be adopted.