A Nintendo man has hinted, in a very subtle Nintendo kind of way, that one possible future business avenue for the company might lie in making crappy controllers for smartphones. Which would be a really quite amazing way of leveraging the old time brand with the kids and adults of today.
The quote comes from Polygon, which found Nintendo's planning and development manager Shinya Takahashi speaking of such an embracing of mobile hardware. Takahashi told shareholders that: "Physical controllers for smart device applications are available in the market and it is possible that we may also develop something new by ourselves," adding that any such device would tackle the common complaint that Nintendo's style of precise action game simply doesn't work that well on a touchscreen device.
If you've ever seen a 10-year-old digital native smash through Minecraft on an iPad you'll realise that the next generation doesn't need buttons where it's going, but for older gamers -- people who remember Nintendo's glory period and have spare money and iPhones -- the lack of a really amazing game controller that just works is quite a hindrance to playing something on a phone or tablet. Were Nintendo to crack that, it'd have a huge market all to itself. No disrespect to the current third-party peripheral makers of the world.