» Nintendo developing games for smartphones

Wired’s James Temperton:

Mario, Link and Donkey Kong could soon be coming to Android and iOS after Nintendo announced it will start developing games for smart devices. The company said the games wouldn’t be ports of existing titles but would be “completely new game experiences”.

It’s interesting that they’ll be new game experiences. In one way it makes sense to use the characters without undercutting their other platforms, but it’s also strange to cede territory to knock-offs. I can’t count the number of games my son plays that have Pokemon-style gameplay.