“Nintendo Games Now Available on iOS” is the headline I hope to read someday (apologies if I got your hopes up with that).
Thus far in 2012, Nintendo posted a loss for the first time in company history and continues to struggle as sales of the DS and Wii get obliterated by the ever growing presence of games on mobile devices. Specifically, iPad and iPhones. Do a little research on Nintendo’s stance on making their games available on iOS and they are oddly, adamantly opposed to the idea. Why? I don’t know,..it makes absolutely no sense.
Here’s my thought. The library of classic games already exists, and the Nintendo brand is so huge that attracting an immediate audience (& sales) would be no issue. The games are already created so re-developing them for the iOS platform really shouldn’t be too much of an issue for a handful of well-paid top-tier iOS developers. From there Nintendo could charge something minimal like $5 per copy and possibly overnight, sell millions of copies. Extend this approach to the entire NES classics including Zelda, ExciteBike, Punch Out, etc and they have a brand new revenue stream.
2 weeks ago, I had a very important meeting at my day job where a number of us gathered in a room, ate large quanities of pizza and watched the 1983 smash hit, WarGames. By the end of the movie, I came away with 3 key pieces of knowledge:
Ally Sheedy looked pretty damn cute in 1983
The Seattle skyline in 1983 was just a touch different
I should… no I must build a website to pay homage to this movie, and to give me an opportunity to work on my ActionScript skills & boost my SEO (or so that’s how I justified it)
The sitemap.xml is registered with Bing, Google, & Yahoo so you can easily find it again in the future if you happen to forget the URL, or your bookmarks get blown away, or someone changes your home pages to something else.
It’s not perfect, but it’s fun.
Lastly, if you lived under a rock in 1983 or go deaf anytime there is a conversation about 1980’s pop-culture, and are therefore unaware of this movie, or if you somehow forgot it’s awesomeness, check out the YouTube trailer below.