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Nintendo considers building smartphone control pad


By John Glenday | Reporter

July 7, 2016 | 1 min read

Nintendo is set to ramp up its efforts in the mobile gaming sphere by leaving the door open to unleash its own customised control pad for its smartphone titles.

Whilst seemingly running counter to established notions of ergonomics and portability such a peripheral may actually make some sense for action intensive titles, which do not lend themselves to touchscreen interaction.

Outlining the gaming giants ambitions in this area Shinya Takahashi of Nintendo's entertainment planning and development division, remarked: “Physical controllers for smart device applications are available in the market and it is possible that we may also develop something new by ourselves.

“On the other hand, I believe Nintendo's way of thinking is to look at whether action games are really not impossible (without a physical controller) to create and how we can make it happen to create such a game.”

For the time being however Nintendo is focussing on slower apps such as Miitomo, Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing which do not require a separate peripheral.

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