Nintendo: No plans to bring minigames to smartphones

Despite an earlier report that the company might offer free minigames on smartphones to promote console titles, Nintendo says it has no plans to make its software available on smart devices.

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No Mario and Luigi minigames for your smartphone.
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Nintendo won't be bringing Mario an Luigi minigames to smartphones, after all.

In a statement to Engadget on Tuesday, Nintendo denied an earlier report that suggested it would offer free minigames on smartphones that will act as demos of full-priced console and 3DS games. The company, however, reiterated that it's willing to use smart devices to promote products.

"However during such past announcements Mr. Iwata has also stated that Nintendo's intention is not to make Nintendo software available on smart devices and as such, we can confirm that there are no plans to offer mini-games on smartphone devices," Nintendo told Engadget.

The statement comes after Nikkei reported that content from Nintendo's original franchises might be coming to mobile devices. The company could provide everything from minigames to background stories, the report indicated. This set off a firestorm in the gaming community, which has watched Nintendo stubbornly stick to its own products and services and not venture out.

Nintendo might need to think about changing its strategy. The company earlier on Wednesday announced worrisome financials, including a 30 percent decline in profits and lower Wii U sales than in 2012.