Nintendo continues to stand against the idea of porting its popular games to iOS or Android, but it’s not writing off mobile completely. Earlier this year, the company confirmed it was working on ‘service apps,’ which would serve as a bridge to bring more customers over to its console platform.

And this week, we get a good idea of what at least one of those apps could look like. During its financial results briefing yesterday, Nintendo announced that it’s planning to release an app for Mario Kart TV—a web service that allows players to access and share videos captured from Mario Kart 8…

Polygon has more from Nintendo president Satoru Iwata

“As I mentioned at the Corporate Management Policy Briefing in January, our policy is to establish consumer relationships based on accounts named Nintendo Network IDs, which are abbreviated as NNIDs,” Iwata said. “This ‘Mario Kart TV’ (temp.) web service is available even for players without NNIDs, but by logging into the service with an NNID, they will be able to easily find their rankings, videos that their friends have shared, videos of tournaments in which they have participated, and it will be convenient to access this service through smart devices even when they are not at home.” 

It’s unknown when the app is going to reach mobile devices, but Iwata made it sound like it would be sometime this year. The Mario Kart TV web service is slated to launch alongside Nintendo’s highly-anticpated Mario Kart 8 for the Wii U later this month, so it could land sometime shortly after.

The move may appeal to existing users, but it won’t appease those calling for Nintendo to bring some of its legacy titles to smartphones and tablets. Critics believe that with hardware sales sinking, mobile games and other licensing deals might be the company’s best hope for long-term survival.

Nintendo, however, seems intent on staying in the hardware biz, but its latest financial results aren’t helping it make its case. The gaming giant posted its third consecutive annual operating loss last year (of $456 million), and admitted it only sold 2.7 million units of the Wii U during the period.

  • Ash

    I got slightly excited thinking that Mario Kart was coming to iOS. 🙁

  • David Gitman

    I want mario on my iOS 🙁

    • onesimpleclickk

      Mario will never come to iOS, nor will any other Nintendo characters..

      • Kuje


      • Dani Hayes

        How many times are you going spam about gba4ios??

      • Jeroen Claassens

        As long as it takes him to realize there is also NDS4IOS I guess =P!

        Edit: that rhymed

      • Kuje

        only runs good on a7 devices

      • Kuje


      • Dani Hayes

        Saw it four times on here. Still see it three times.

    • Hyr3m

      Emulators ?

  • Rowan09

    Stupid move. No one cares about sharing or seeing videos only, they want the games. Nintendo should bring Mario All-Stars to smartphones and Zelda. I told people I know Nintendo will see the Wii decline in sales festival and the Wii U will be a flop because of the specs and lack of good online capabilities. Maybe the Wii U is Nintendo’s GameCube, so only time will tell.

    • Alex Colburn

      Baby steps…

  • Chris

    Guess they fired their designer, that app is pretty ugly


      Give them a chance! it’s the first time to make something for non nintendo consoles :p

    • Andy

      You have to take into account that Japanese staff designed this app. If you compare Japanese (or East Asia in general) websites to English language ones (for example, Nintendo’s own country-specific sites) you’ll instantly notice they look totally different, the layout is not the same. Also, this fits with Nintendo’s design aesthetics. Besides, this is just an app to watch Mario Kart videos.

  • Straw hat

    Lol how dumb and a waste. I need zelda on my device!!!! Or layton!! Not layton brothers

  • Kuje

    For anyone disappointed by this, check out “gba4iosapp .com”

  • Fabio Rodrigues

    I think this confirms they are running out of ideas

  • AnArcticMonkey

    Nintendo has no idea how to keep their company alive. They are screwing themselves over repeatedly as if they do not want the spotlight on themselves. Their stance on the mobile platform is ridiculous, and then they restrict people from streaming/making videos on their games through YouTube or Twitch. It’s no wonder they are in the position they are in, I hope they smarten up with their business model so that they become a competitor again.