Iwata doesn’t believe smartphones are harming handhelds
“We have proved such opinions incorrect.”
The widespread adoption of smartphones as a gaming platform is not affecting the handheld market, believes Nintendo president Satoru Iwata.
During the publisher’s recently concluded financial meet, Iwata said that the increase in sales for the 3DS has proven such opinions “incorrect”.
“Last summer, when the sales pace of the Nintendo 3DS was slow, there were extreme remarks saying, ‘With the penetration of smartphones, will there still be a market for handheld hardware?’ which was almost equal to ‘handheld hardware is not necessary anymore.’”
“I believe we proved that such opinions are incorrect.”
The 3DS was off to a poor start when it launched in March last year. Sales finally picked after the system received major price cuts in the following months. The 3DS has sold a total of 15 million units so far, topping weekly and month sales charts ahead of Sony’s recently launch Playstation Vita.