"I want to play Mario on my phone!" Too bad, get a Gameboy / 3DS.
But I can already play Mario on my phone. Emulators FTW! Works surprisingly well. But I'd rather play something specific for phones made by Nintendo. I also don't subscribe to "Nintendo belongs on Nintendo," that's just weird fan entitlement that Nintendo is some special flower that would somehow be betraying its fans by branching out. Sounds like old SEGA fans.
@Xbob42 No one has any empirical evidence of any of this stuff. I'm telling you what is mostly likely Nintendo's mindset though, and I appear to be correct, because they have not supported non-Nintendo platforms with games and do not seem to be any time soon.
Whatever the case, I honestly don't know what kind of pants you guys are wearing, because it fits great in mine, and I get to play a lot of AWESOME games on the go. I mean, for my tastes, I don't see what I'd get out of phone games from Nintendo, considering that I'm already carrying my 3DS everywhere anyway. Rather they make more stuff for that and I could play it with a real digital pad and buttons.
I remember reading awhile ago that during the '80s, some companies approached Nintendo with making a port of Super Mario Bros. to other platforms of the time. Considering many companies released their games on every system back then (including Atari and Coleco supporting their competitor's systems), this didn't seem as far-fetched of an idea as it would today
Actually, now that I give it some more thought, seeing some Game & Watch games on a phone would be nice. I think they're perfect for picking up and playing for a few spare moments when waiting for something. Any other developer aside from Nintendo could easily make a competent clone however.
@Guillaume Well, you're more than entitled to your opinion, but I think Nintendo could do plenty good. :p Kirby Canvas Curse is practically already an iOS game! For most phones though you'd want something with slightly less precision required, though.
I just love the idea of a runner Mario game, but not an endless one. Bowser's chasing Mario so he can't stop, complete these levels without turning around! There could be so many great gameplay ideas. Most runners suck, but some have had really great concepts. I think a Mario one would knock it outta the fucking park. Tap screen to jump, always be running, and tilt a bit to the left to slow down, but not stop. Could be GENIUS. Warioware could be great, too!
I don't care one way or the other. I think they would make an absolute fuckload of money and I think there are millions upon millions of people out there that would pay top dollar for decent ports of older classics.
I really want Nintendo to make a Smartphone, but with buttons. Even if it only has a NES pad but a Nintendo phone would be fantastic. It would have it's own app store as well as a VC that lets you download NES and GB/GBC games. Touchscreen as well.