Nintendo may design its own smartphone game controller

Nintendo may be designing its own controller for smartphones, Polygon reports. Shinya Takahashi, Nintendo’s general manager of entertainment planning and development, told shareholders the company is looking into both hardware and software development for its burgeoning entry into the smartphone and tablet game market. “Physical controllers for smart device applications are available in the market and it is possible that we may also develop something new by ourselves,” he 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 is also further exploring the possibilities for non-traditional games for its push into the smartphone world, with Takahashi pointing to its social network-style Miitomo project with DeNA as one example of the company’s commitment to explore different kinds of apps. President Tatsumi Kimishima said Nintendo plans to leverage DeNA’s expertise to launch “various projects in the future.” In addition to the release of Pokémon GO this week, the company has plans for free-to-play smartphone titles based on Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing properties.