Nintendo Plans to Create 3DS Software Based On Exisiting Smartphone Games, Old Titles
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Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata revealed in an interview with the Nikkei Keizai Shimbun that the company plans to release more affordable titles for its systems.
Iwata explained this will include remaking older titles and porting smartphone titles for the Nintendo 3DS. The number of free trials for games will also increase in order to raise awareness of its properties. The CEO mentioned that the company has no plans to cut prices on game systems in order to raise sales, and that Nintendo expects to return to the profit levels of a normal company by March 2017.
The company also has plans to create software that can be used in everyday life, including programs that assist the ability to sleep or fatigue, and release programs for the smartphone and personal computer. Iwata commented on the change in business, saying, "There's no reason to be particular about only publishing on game consoles."
Members of Nintendo's board and Iwata himself took a pay cuts last January after the Wii U underperformed over the holidays. Iwata said at the time that the company was considering a new business structure that would include smartphones.
Nintendo released the the Nintendo 3DS system with improved 3D functionality among other new features shipped in Japan in October, and will ship in Europe and North America on February 13.