Livingstone: Nintendo should bring IP to all platforms

Livingstone: Nintendo should bring IP to all platforms
Aaron Lee

By Aaron Lee

June 5th 2013 at 3:54PM

An entire generation will miss out if it doesn't, the Eidos life president claims

Nintendo should bring its intellectual property to all platforms to ensure new generations have the opportunity to experience its unique titles, Ian Livingstone has said.

The life president of Eidos devoted his opening briefing at the Bristol Games Hub to offering advice to aspiring as well as accomplished developers, as Pocket Gamer reports.

“Nintendo should have their IP on every platform,” Livingstone said, who argued that reinforcing IP should take precedence over the health of the publisher’s platforms.

“Otherwise a whole generation of young people will miss out on their games.”

Consumers, especially those who aren’t dedicated gamers, are now spending more money on smartphone and tablet games. But despite their huge appeal, Nintendo has resisted being involved whatsoever.

There have been calls from Nintendo investor for the games maker to get involved in the smartphone market, but Nintendo has continually rejected those summons. In September 2011, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata said smartphone development was not under consideration.

By contrast, Sony, Nintendo’s rival in the home console market, launched its own PlayStation phone through its electronics division and opened a new platform, PlayStation Mobile, to bring its own IP to Android-powered devices.