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Is Nintendo working on a series of educational tablets?

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For years now analysts have been crowing at Nintendo to join the mobile space in putting their characters on mobile platforms or to join the mobile platform beyond just dedicated handhelds. It looks like Nintendo is doing just that, but in a way that many haven’t expected. Nando Monterazo is a software engineer at Nintendo of America. Earlier this morning he tweeted that Nintendo is working on a tablet that utilizes Android, but that the tablet doesn’t feature traditional Nintendo games and will be for educational purposes only.



It’s interesting to see Nintendo diving into the mobile space in this way but don’t expect to be playing the next 3D Mario game on tablets any time soon. Do you think Nintendo could make a name for themselves among educational products similar to things like the Leap Frog tablets?

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  • mikeybruises

    I’m quite sure they will squeeze the plumbers in some way or another

  • Sean

    people love educational things!!!

  • A_7

    That sounds great … bt i hope that doesn’t shift their focus!

    • ShilaquilOneal

      It doesn’t.

      Nintendo has been doing stuff on the side in favor of education and charities for many years. None of that has shifted their focus away from gaming. They still make great games.

  • Gameonfool

    branch out, why not

    • AAAkabob

      Because they could use that extra cash on getting more developers.

      • Gameonfool

        I was saying why not in a sense like why not do things we don’t usually do to expand our business and diversity (branch out) like a tree branch which isn’t part of the central trunk of the tree but it grows out and expands the tree but is a newer different part of the tree.

  • jjbredesen

    This could be intresting, as long as they dont abandon the DS handheld gaming style i will be happy.

    • http://about.me/overlordror Ashley King

      Use the tip us button at the top of the page if you want to tip us, often times I can’t read through the multitude of comments to see what’s been mentioned where. This was already on my docket this morning.

      • jjbredesen

        Oh ok sry just thought it was wierd because i posted this 1hour ago and the same happend with smash bros stage, but again sry didnt mean to be rude or anything.

        • http://about.me/overlordror Ashley King

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          • jjbredesen

            Yeah thanks for that i will start to use it :)

  • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

    I kinda hope nintendo makes their own mobile OS.

    Imagine a Nintendo phone, that whenever you call someone, your mii pops up on the screen and has a little phone and starts dialing and stuff. I honestly think Nintendo could add a real charm to phones and the like.

    • jjbredesen

      The Nphone and Npad :P

      • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

        I’d just call it NintendOS. Short, sweet, says what it is. A nintendo operating system.

        • gamesplayswill

          And maybe they could give the phone capable specs to play DS games on? That’d be ecstasy… lol

          • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

            instead of an SD card it’s a DS game slot :P

          • jjbredesen

            My galaxy SII can play DS games at 30fps so there aldready excist phones that can play them, my phone is 2 years old so i guess i Galaxy S4 could play it a 60?

          • lonewolf88

            i don’t you should post how you’re illegally playing games on your phone.

          • jjbredesen

            I was just pointing out that you dont need great specs to be able to play DS games… Not the i pirat them, i own a DS, DS lite, DSI, DSI XL and 3DS and own about all the games that a worth owning (Mario, Pokemon, Zelda, etc.)

            So no i dont pirat games i was just pointing out the spec stuff.

            I have tried a emulator, but i dont use it and own all the games already.

        • jjbredesen

          I would call it NOS, but NitendOS works aswell.

          • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

            NOS seems too easy to vandalize :P

          • jjbredesen

            Yeah, i guess so NintenOS sound really cool if you pronounce t NintenDOS :P

          • CEObrainz

            Was going to say that myself……lol

        • AkaLink77

          Lol back then: The DSiPhone

        • lonewolf88

          i hope nintendo doesn’t mess up on the update of the phone though lol, they better name it the Nphone 2 instead of the NphoneU :P

          • jjbredesen

            lol yup, but this i what they will be called::

            Nphone

            Super Nphone

            Nphone 64

            Nphonecube?

            Nii

            Nii U/2

      • Entropyguy

        Too much like the Ngage. Not a good thing to remind people of.

        • jjbredesen

          Haha true, but i dont think most teens would know what the Ngage is.. Yes of course adults would buy it, and know about the Ngage, but its Nintendo and no matter what they make it is always a hit… or almost always:

          • NZS

            Hey! Don’t make fun of virtual boy. He just wants to be a real boy.

    • Link Slayer

      I’ve thought of that as well I really think it would be awesome. And you could dl old nes and snes games on it maybe 64 games. That would be a phone I would buy for sure

      • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

        maybe NES games. I dunno about 64 games. would be fun though!

        • CMB

          a gaming phone would be da bomb

    • Simon Stevens

      I’d buy it just for the Wii U chat ringtone ^^ that would sound cool on the bus

      • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

        Mario’s voice: “Your phone’s a-ringin!!”

        • Gregg

          LMAO!!

    • Hipster Victor

      I would Definitely buy that on day one lol, sounds like a good idea

    • DragonSilths

      It would be called the NPhone lol. Like the Iphone.

      • jjbredesen

        think your a little late on that one :P

        • DragonSilths

          On this post yes. But I have discussed this very topic years ago with friends. I used the term NPhone way back then, like most of us have.

          • jjbredesen

            Ah ok :)

    • Deadpool U

      Then people could legally play GBA games on their phone.

      • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

        I always get annoyed when people emulate stuff on their phones

        • Coffee

          , emulating is what most people do, I’ve been using gba emulator for years on my devices

          I’m sorry to say, DEAL WITH OTHER PEOPLES ENJOYMENT

          • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

            I get annoyed with emulation in general. I’ve never heard ONE good argument for its legality

          • TheAquacharger

            I use it on games I own that I don’t want to ruin. Like I have Threads of Fate and Tomba! both rare PS1 games. On my laptop I have the ISOs for them so I don’t have to ruin the discs by playing them.

            However for games I don’t own like SMT 1 and 2 they are no avaliable in englishso the only ways for me to play them is to learn Japanese, buy a Japanese SNES, and buy the carts or simply download and patch a ROM.

          • TheAquacharger

            or with KoFXIII I had the arcade dump for it for my laptop so I could play on the go (I always have an arcade stick on me and yes I own it on the PS3) then came the PC version. So I bought it. Now I use the arcade version ROM because the PC version plays like shit on my laptop while the arcade one doesn’t.

          • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

            yeah, if you use it for games you, own, that’s one thing entirely. It’s when you start pirating games that you could still legitimately pay for that irks me. But if you own the game, I dont see the issue :P

      • Coffee

        Because emulating a dead system that is not sold anymore or has any support at all is wrong (sarcasm)

        • Deadpool U

          No because its illegal and basically pirating.

          • Coffee

            Oh right downloading games not even sold physically anymore for a system not sold anymore

            I’ll buying super mario 3d world instead of paying for a over a decade old mario game

    • Josiah Parsons

      With all sorts of first party software…
      *drool*

    • Ducked

      ^ Nintendo hire him ASAP! ^

      • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

        I freakin wish… XD

    • Josiah Parsons

      That would be Epic! give it a slide-out second screen like an experia play. fully ds-compatible!

  • AAAkabob

    Nope, focus your investments on gathering more developers.

  • Guest

    Here is hope to a Nintendo phone

    • Fred

      Why is this getting downvoted I don’t understand

      • jjbredesen

        People dont whant nintendo to go into mobile gaming because that means no more DS :(

      • Justagamer

        It does not matter People can think what they want and when i said a nintendo phone i was talking of them doing a nintendo themed phone and some people can’t handle an opinion and that is all it is and it was not offend anyone but it is what it is but some to blind to see it

  • jjbredesen

    We at Nintendo are “proud” to announce the Nphone:

    Edit: This is a joke so why all the dislikes?

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      I actually really like that…

    • Fred

      I’d buy that in a heartbeat!!!

      • jjbredesen

        haha yeah the specs are as following:

        Intel i7M 4 ghz

        16GB RAM

        Nividia GTX Costum Build for Nintendo 4GB Vram

        Dual Stereo Speakers

        4K screen with multitouch up to 20 fingers

        and Nintendo OS (NOS)

        • Andreas Sunde

          I’d like that phone, but there are probably maybe 5000 people in the world that could afford one.

          • jjbredesen

            Yeah me to,

            Er du Norsk?

          • jjbredesen

            Nah about 2000 dollars. Its not that much, or it is but a lot more tha 5000 people could afford it.

      • jjbredesen

        @Zorpix i am guessing this is your phone :P?

    • andrewjcole

      Instant want.

    • Justagamer

      This would be better..Just saying

      • jjbredesen

        Yes as a tablet not a phone :D

        It would not fit in your pocket….

        • CMB

          the buttons slide in to the side of the phones

          • jjbredesen

            Yeah, well i guess that could work, but give it a circle pad.

            Apart from that its looks cool. Oh and stereo speakers.

        • Justagamer

          This would be awesome

    • darkcreap

      It could actually be a good design for a Nintendo handheld-phone. I mean it.

      • jjbredesen

        Yeah…. but it would not be very comfartable….

        • darkcreap

          Why so?

          • jjbredesen

            Are you talking about the 1st picture of the Wii phone picture?

            Disqus is kind of confusing..

          • darkcreap

            I am talking about the first picture, the one with dual screen.

          • jjbredesen

            Oh lol i thought you where talking about the second lol, no the 1st one is awesome and is very comforable.

    • Neilandio

      I would really like this.

    • Josiah Parsons

      Dude I love it!

      • jjbredesen

        It could be yours for 1000 USD simply transfer the money to account my accound: 2885843948493484 and i will stea… i mean send you the phone :P

    • Josiah Parsons

      It would be a little less slick, but it might be better if it was a side-flip and twist affair. It would lend greater lower-screen real estate for controls and a bigger lower screen.

  • JeanPaul

    I wish Nintendo would go back to being about hard-core gaming… I mean… they saved the industry… they should be the leader of all gaming…

  • Cyberus

    If we can’t compete with Microsoft or Sony, we’ll show Leapfrog not to mess with us instead

    • jjbredesen

      That is actually a bit funny if not taken seriously :P

      • Josiah Parsons

        And really sad if you do take it seriously :(

  • Yousif Alromaithi

    Super Mario 3d world 95 metacrtic awesome.

    • Ducked

      IGN gave the game a 9.6!

  • Nintendofreak

    and like that he gets fired for disclosing company secrets u.u

  • Guest

    It’s funny how ps4 and xboxone fanboys like to @#%^%# up nintendo even when they are not doing very well -.-

  • UltimateKai453

    I bet the first game will be Mario Teaches (of) Typing (2).

  • Fred

    I’m shocked, I thought they’d just put educational software on 2DS

  • Gabe Hoffman

    Seems interesting but wouldn’t stuff like this be on NDA

  • Squid

    I’m not sure how to feel about this.
    Even though it’s obvious to know how this won’t switch focus.

  • Adam Porter

    what the hell is the point in this, we don’t need more nintendo hardware ,we need more software and better hardware. what the hell is going on with nintendo these days. this makes me sick to my stomach.

  • andrewjcole

    Sounds like something you’d put in schools. Anyway, calm down people. This wouldn’t be their main focus. Wii U and 3DS would be the main focus and this would be a side system. Kinda like the Wii Mini but they’d probably advertise more.

  • jjbredesen

    … and you are not a fanboy?

  • andrewjcole

    I’m pretty sure mature people don’t capitalize every comment they make.

    • Justagamer

      Just thumb down the troll and move on..He wants you to respond and he gets some kind of jerk off and it’s sad

    • Andrew Chambers

      One look at its name tells you that it’s an immature troll.

  • andrewjcole

    Not another Knolegewatisup.

    • Andrew Chambers

      He was less annoying then this thing.

  • andrewjcole

    That you’re an annoying fanboy.

  • jjbredesen

    The caps hurts my eyes :(

  • Troll Police

    You sir ar a disgrace to gamers, shut up and go back to the where ever you came from!!

  • HJ 612

    Why educational games…..

  • jjbredesen

    And what exsactly is the truth? That the PS4 is awsome? we know that, but it does not mean that the wii U is a failiure.

    You are a sad, sad person. We do you even bother?

    • Justagamer

      He wants you to respond just thumb him down and keep going..We are gamers and when do we have time to debate some fanboy behind a computer screen..You are better than this loser ..But are you getting Zelda on friday?

      • jjbredesen

        For xmas i got a 3DS from the states because i could not wait for it to come in Norway, lol but because it is region locked i must import games. So i will need to wait for xmas.

  • Justagamer

    You have to admit it would be cool but some will never except it but it would be still cool..It’s nintendo people

  • Justagamer

    Xbox is nothing but a 500 dollars cable box with a few games..Yeah i am too good to buy one don’t need another cablebox..

  • Deadpool U

    It it me or are the downvotes getting ridiculous? Don’t tell me Downvote is back.

    • Justagamer

      If he is i really could care less im here to talk Wii U and not here to have a thumb war…But i do like your profile pic

  • Moreck

    What? Why? I love Nintendo, but come on. Apple, the richest company in the world, has a 94% share of the tablet education market. Google, Samsung, Microsoft and Amazon have barely made any headway in this arena, (And these companies can afford to spend more on tablet R&D than Nintendo.) I can’t imagine what would possess Nintendo to throw its money at something like that, unless maybe it’s going to be a Japan-only situation.

    • Rinslowe

      Not making massive headway doesn’t automatically mean unprofitable…
      Especially if they manage to carve out a dedicated niche market, somehow.
      Not saying I think they’ll instantly be able to achieve their goals, but until they try… They and we, will never know if successful or not, actually.

    • Andrew Chambers

      Only in the US. iPads are expensive, while an Android tablet with the same specs is less then half the price. Maybe it’s more like the One Laptop Per Child items. They have a netbook and tablet now.

      http://one.laptop.org/

  • Arthur Jarret

    I think this will be Japan-only… like many efforts by Nintendo spent on education and charities.

  • Christian Sutter

    Are we sure these are “educational tablets” or tablets that could be USED to play educational games? Unless there’s other info besides that of these tweets, it could be the case.

  • Rinslowe

    Seems a perfect fit for Nintendo.

  • lukas

    hey tell me something why would you come to this site and say bad things about what this site is about I guess you just got board playing with your expensive cable box and decided well I guess I will go down vote things other people are saying about the console that they like and go hate on it to well im getting a ps4 in a few days and also own a wii u since it came out and I will never get the xbone give me all youre money cable box from fucking Microsoft the ones who killed rareware and so if Nintendo is “FOR DA KIDDYS” why are you on the site that promotes there system asshole

  • lukas

    oh your still here wait is the x-baby4

  • lukas

    oh look its the x-baby4 again

  • lilmc01

    I love Nintendo as much as the next guy, but based on past educational Mario games.
    http://emotibot.net/pix/6663.gif

  • Rodger Jamjet

    The Nintendo OS should be called nOS

  • NZS

    If Nintendo made a phone, it would have to be this. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3KCTOkHVhA

  • http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B008SRISGU#reader_B008SRISGU Adam Howell

    Why not. There’s an amazing android & ios app called dragon box. Teaches kids algebra and, after watching my 7 year old niece play through it, you can really see the potential of educational apps. If Nintendo can deliver a full range of education apps of that kind of quality then kids of the future will all be starting their post-grad degrees at 15.

  • bizzy gie

    Hope they branch into other types of tablets and not just educational ones.

  • Gregg

    YES, Nintendo could make a killing going after the Kindergarden-1st grade age group.

  • ItzameyaToad

    Im curios as to why they didn’t just focus on making a game with a bunch of educational mini games for the 3DS… I mean why spend money on making a tablet when they already have a mobile device capable of doing almost all the stuff a tablet can do and probably better. One of those moments where Nintendo’s logic confuses me haha.Though having apps made for android that could pull in extra revenue could be a huge plus for Nintendo so I see the benefit if that’s possibly there plan.

    Oh and “don’t expect to be playing the next 3D Mario game on tablets any time soon.” yeah Ashley you should have said “Never” expect to see Mario games on your tablets as Nintendo has been very clear that Nintendo IP’s will never go on to other non Nintendo devices.

  • Elitepwnsface

    FOCUS NINTENDO. You need to focus on your current console. There is no need for such a tablet.

  • Wiiluigi

    This will be a fail if Mario is not included. Kids love Mario.

  • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

    oh Lord

  • Justagamer

    Facepalm!

  • andrewjcole

    How do you know he doesn’t have one?

  • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

    LOUD VOICES

  • Justagamer

    “You’re” Learn to spell

  • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

    3manly5me

  • Troll Police

    Someone like you would never get near CNN you would be found on the Gospel Channel!

  • lukas

    haha or as you would say LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL OL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL all in capitals LOL

  • Justagamer

    Just thumb down the troll and move on..He is a waste of space

  • lukas

    I could afford one but I don’t want one why don’t you get of this site

  • lukas

    I HAVE TO PUT EVERYTHING IN CAPS BECAUSE IM A FUCKING MUSLIM MUNKY

  • Justagamer

    You are a failure…U mad Bro?

  • lukas

    haven’t wrote back yet hmm I scared awat the musim monkey x-baby4

  • jjbredesen

    Please ignore him he is a sad person: