It's not new to us that Nintendo does not plan on bringing games such as Zelda or Mario onto iPhone or Android, but it was never really clear why this was so.
Veteran Producer for Nintendo, Kensuke Tanabe explains that the sharpness and usability of the game's controls that one experiences on Nintendo console would be extremely difficult to execute and translate onto a mobile device. He also mentions that he has no curiosity of creating these games for those devices whatsoever.
Nintendo games are made for Nintendo hardware...
Many people feel that this move on Nintendo's part is foolish since they believe the company is losing money by not making games for mobile devices. However, Nintendo strongly disagrees.
Donkey Kong and Metroid developer Retro Studios CEO Michael Kelbaugh explains that thinking about platforms is not nearly as important as making great games. The hardware is secondary.
The main focus of the company is simply making great games that players will enjoy for a long time. Where these games end up however is Nintendo's decision; and by the looks of it, these games won't be available on your Android or iPhone anytime soon.
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