Nintendo Set to Release First iOS app in Japan
In the heady days before the advent of the iPhone, Nintendo
was the undisputed king of handheld gaming. Nintendo now sees Apple as one of their biggest rivals in the handheld gaming industry. So it’s rather surprising that they are set to release their first official iOS app this summer in Japan called Pokémon Say Tap? BW
. Although the game will probably never be released outside of Japan, it does mark a change in Nintendo’s attitude toward smartphone gaming.
Pokémon Say Tap? BW is not the typical Pokémon game that the kids know and love, but rather it’s a rhythm based card game. As various cards appear on screen, you tap them in time with music to progress through the game. There’s no “Gotta Catch 'Em All” gameplay to be found here.
Although this may not be the most exciting game that Nintendo could have brought to the iPhone, Nintendo may simply be testing the waters with future titles in mind. I’m sure I’m not alone in my desire to play Super Mario Bros on an iPhone.
If Nintendo does decide to bring certain titles to non-Nintendo devices, then it wouldn’t be the first time that they have done so. Back in the early 1990s, Nintendo released a series of educational titles featuring Mario and friends for the Mac and PC. Games such as Mario is Missing!, a geography-based game and Mario Teaches Typing are just a few of the titles that appeared on systems not made by Nintendo.
With violent video games in the press lately, it’s nice to know that Nintendo still makes quality games that the entire family can enjoy. Hopefully, Mario will make the jump to the iPhone one day. I’d gladly part with a few coins for that to happen.