This week, Japanese business publication Nikkei reported that, on January 30th, Nintendo will announce that they plan to release mini-games on smartphones to serve as promotional demos of their console titles.
Communicating with Engadget, however, Nintendo have denied that this is the case, stating: “Nikkei’s article contains information previously stated by Mr Iwata during past press conferences, including statements which relate to Nintendo’s willingness to make use of smart devices to promote our products.”
“However,” the statement continues, “during such past announcements Mr Iwata has also stated that Nintendo’s intention is not to make Nintendo software available on smart devices and as such, we can confirm that there are no plans to offer minigames on smartphone devices.”
Now, one must keep in mind that Nikkei have a near spotless record when it comes to reporting Nintendo’s near-term plans, and Nintendo have a habit of denying these reports, no matter how true they are. At this point, all that’s left to do is wait until January 30th to see what the company has planned to turn its console business around.