Could smartphone apps give the Wii U the boost it needs?
Though its newest console has barely been on the market six months, Nintendo is struggling. The company shipped around 300,000 Wii U consoles in the first quarter of 2013 and isn't quite where it wants to be financially. According to some, the company is hoping apps will give sales of its consoles a much needed boost.
The Japan Times cites Nintendo sources that say the gaming company is currently trying to modify its game consoles so users can also run smartphone applications. More specifically, the company is said to be offering smartphone application developers "professional-use conversion software" to help them produce smartphone games for the Wii U.
Nintendo is doing its best to convince users that the Wii U is a new and exciting experience. Last week, the company sent out a message to Wii users reminding them that the Wii U is indeed a new console. The message, delivered to internet-connected Wiis, assured users that the Wii U 'is not an upgrade' but 'an entirely new system.' The company has yet to comment on the rumors that it is offering smartphone app developers conversion software so they can create Wii U applications.