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.
If only I ruled the world.