A report from Tuesday claims Nintendo is looking at the possibility of getting into the controller business for iOS devices and other types of mobile phones and tablets. Polygon reports Shinya Takahashi, Nintendo’s general manager of entertainment planning and development, discussed the possibility at the company’s annual shareholders meeting.
Polygon, via MacRumors:
“Physical controllers for smart device applications are available in the market and it is possible that we may also develop something new by ourselves,” Takahashi said. “I believe Nintendo’s way of thinking is to look at whether action games are really not impossible (without a physical controller for smart device applications) to create and how we can make it happen to create such a game.”
Nintendo already creates a line of controllers for its own game systems that allows its games to take advantage of the designs, offering unique types of gameplay. Apple added support for iOS game controllers alongside the debut of iOS 7.
In related news, Nintendo’s Pokémon Go is now rolling out to the iOS App Store. The game uses the iPhone’s camera and GPS hardware to create an augmented reality for “trainers” to travel through in their search for Pokémon to capture. Users can collect, level up, trade, and use Pokémon in battle. Users can assign them to defend Gyms from other players. Gyms can be found while out and about in the real world.