Investor calls on Nintendo to turn to smartphones and micro-transactions

In the most recent of pleas for Nintendo to develop software for the smartphone market, The Wall Street Journal reports that a Hong Kong hedge fund manager has called upon president Satoru Iwata to consider the revenue that micro-transactions could grant the company.

“We believe Nintendo can create very profitable games based on in-game revenue models with the right development team. Just think of paying 99 cents just to get Mario to jump a little higher,” writes Oasis Management founder Seth Fischer, pointing toward the success of Candy Crush Saga developer King.

Whether Fischer has forgotten that Luigi can already jump higher is another matter, but such game-altering concepts are already being explored through Nintendo in their recent Wii U Nintendo eShop titles NES Remix, and NES Remix 2. The company’s also currently experimenting with free-to-play software, through Steel Diver: Sub Wars on 3DS.

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  1. smartphones yes, micro transactions no, you have to build an entirely new game for people to actually fall for that, no one wants to play an old Mario game and pay extra for things they don’t need. all they really have to do is port old gameboy games to smartphones and just let the millions come in.

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