Japanese gaming giant Nintendo is being pressurised by its investors to offer some of its most popular gaming franchises on the iOS platform.
Mobile gaming, on Smartphones and tablet PCs, is threatening to destabilise the gaming console market, with Apple’s iPhone already eating into the share of mobile gaming consoles like the DS and 3DS.
Nintendo, which recently slashed the price of its flagship 3DS glass free 3D gaming device, is being forced by its investors to launch its games on other platforms like iPhone, iPad and Facebook and not just its own hardware.
According to Bloomberg, Masamitsu Ohki, a fund manager at Stats Investment Management said that the company should abandon its policy of developing games on its hardware alone and expand to other platforms.
“Smartphones are the new battlefield for the gaming industry. Nintendo should try to either buy its way into this platform or develop something totally new.” Ohki said.
Earlier, Nintendo’s shares had risen on a rumour that the company was making games for iOS and Android. However, the shares fell after the company denied that reports, indicating that investors want the company to include iOS and Android in its ecosystem. This drop in share prices might just make Nintendo think of its strategy for the future.