Reasons Why Nintendo Shouldn’t Put Their Games On Smartphones And Tablets
Nintendo developing games for mobile devices and tablets .The idea has been suggested by many people. Analysts, journalists, executives, and even game developers have been vocal on the subject. They say that mobile phones and tablets will eventually kill off handhelds. They say that not developing games for those platforms is a huge mistake, and many agree. I, for one, disagree with the idea of Nintendo developing their games on those platforms, and I’d like to give a few reasons why.
The 3DS Is Doing Fine
I don’t think anyone can argue against this point. The 3DS has had an amazing year so far. Title after title hitting the system has made it all the more desirable, and the sales speak for themselves. The 3DS has been the highest selling gaming platform for the past four months, and with the launch of the 2DS, Pokemon X, and Pokemon Y around the corner, I don’t see sales declining for some time. The 3DS has a bright future ahead of it. Ditching the platform in favor of phones and tablets wouldn’t be the best decision.
Doing So Would Hurt The Brand
This point is debatable with some people. I’m of the opinion that developing their games for phones and tablets would devalue their properties in a few ways. A good number of mobile games are disposable experiences either designed to waste time or make as much money from you as possible with microtransactions. There are exceptions to this, but they’re few and far between. There’s also the issue of discovery on those platforms. Since the shovelware outweigh the quality experiences you can get, finding those quality games is a chore. Nintendo probably wouldn’t have that problem, since their games pretty much sell themselves, but having their games in such a clustered ecosystem can hurt their value.
This is the biggest reason Nintendo should not develop games for phones and tablets. For years, Nintendo has emphasized the importance of gameplay and how they put gameplay first before anything else. The majority of smartphones and tablets are touchscreen only. They lack proper button inputs for games. There aren’t any phones or tablets that are designed for gaming. Third party companies have made peripherals, but they don’t support every game. Playing a Mario platformer with touch controls is not a pretty thought. We need physical inputs for precise controls. Nintendo making their games exclusively with touch controls would be a retraction in gameplay and make the overall experience dull.
In conclusion, Nintendo is in a position where developing games for smartphones and tablets really doesn’t make sense for them right now. It’s true that smartphones have gotten better over the years, but gameplay wise, there’s no comparison to Nintendo’s handhelds. The 3DS is doing great and there’s no stopping it now.
What do you guys think?