Nintendo has explained its plan for a smartphone and tablet app

by Mike Rougeau

January 30 2014

Nintendo has officially stated its plan for smartphones and tablets and the company's commitment to consoles.

What Nintendo is planning, the company has finally revealed to investors, basically amounts to a glorified eShop app for mobile devices. Users will log in with their Nintendo Network ID accounts, then, it seems, watch videos and purchase games that will then be downloaded on their Wii U or 3DS consoles.

As The Verge notes Nintendo has not forbidden its app developers to include Nintendo's characters or create small games within the app. But its main purpose is to "attract consumer attention and communicate the appeal of our platform," Nintendo President Satoru Iwata said. He spent today's briefing reiterating the company's commitment to dedicated video game consoles.

This is more or less exactly what Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime said back in December, what Japanese newspaper Nikkei said on Monday of this week, and what Iwata himself clarified just a couple days ago. In other words, no surprises here.

Now let's please stop talking about this for a while—at least until the Nintendo app actually comes out some time this year.

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