When is Nintendo going to make iOS apps? [Updated]

MAJOR UPDATE 2016-09-07: It’s Happening!
At the iPhone 7 #AppleEvent today Shigeru Miyamoto stop by to announce Nintendo’s first real mobile game, Super Mario Run, coming first to iOS for the Holidays. It’s a run forward game to collect coins and there’s a battle mode too but it’s finally happening!! More updates soon.

(updates to this story posted below) – As far as I’m concerned, right now Nintendo is dead. We could get into numbers and market stuff but I don’t care right now. Let common sense guide you here. Nothing they’ve created since the N64, with slight exception to the Wii and 3DS, has been anything to really care about. The new Wii U is pretty weak and they just can’t compete anymore with the other consoles. Sony Playstation and especially Xbox are in a league of their own that doesn’t include Nintendo; just look at how Xbox is taking was trying to take over the living room and dominating with Xbox Kinect. Not to mention the absolute fail that is multiplayer on Nintendo Wii (and U).

Nintendo Mario on iPadAnyways.. back to the point. When is Nintendo going to release IP rights for Mario and the old popular games on iOS?
Would you pay $5 or maybe even $10 for Mario to play on your iphone and ipad? Fuck yeah I would! Super Mario Bros? Mario Kart? Zelda? Super Sprint? RC Pro Am? Pilot Wings? F-Zero!

COME ON NINTENDO! You’re slowly dying – this is by far the best way to save yourself. You don’t have to be Sega, people actually want to play Mario on iOS unlike Sonic.

I’m just waiting. It’ll happen. It’s just a matter of time…

Update: 24 March 2016 – Some first looks at the Pokémon Go app along with a video emerged. Details on Polygon here. Honestly that video doesn’t look like anything special – looks fairly annoying but we still have to wait and see.

Update: 28 October 2015 – Looks like Pokémon GO will maybe hit November 2015 but probably some time in 2016. I’ve never even played Pokémon ever, but this looks great. Think of it like Ingress (because Niantic is helping build it) + Pokémon but on your iPhone. Awesome. Info at PCAdvisor

Update: 17 March 2015GUYS! It may actually be happening! They specifically only mentioned “smart devices” but also this, “all Nintendo IP will be eligible for development and exploration by the alliance”. STOKED!
Polygon: Nintendo finally commits to making mobile games
Techcrunch: Nintendo Partners With DeNA to bring its Games and IP to Smartphones

Update: 18 August 2014 – Maybe a glimmer of hope: Pokémon Trading Card Game coming to the iPad later this year.

Update: 23 May 2014 – For a short while there was a Gameboy Emulator on Github… no longer. GBA4iOS. Source: Macgasm, NextWeb

Update: 10 Dec 2012 – there’s a press release of the interactive Pokémon “Pokédex” for iOS to cross-promote. Maybe they’re testing the waters?

  • Totally with you. Not being able to play old games is ridiculous.

  • Yeah, I’d definitely throw down for that.

  • Brandon

    App Store has several good Super Mario-style games with flawless controls – Incredible Jack, for example.