Is Nintendo Getting Into The Mobile Phone Business?

Next week, the video game industry will arrive in full at the E3 Expo annual trade show in Los Angeles. And already, there’s some controversy about what was said. Or not said. Implying in a discussion with reporters that “big surprises” were in store for...

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Next week, the video game industry will arrive in full at the E3 Expo annual trade show in Los Angeles.

And already, there’s some controversy about what was said.

Or not said.

Implying in a discussion with reporters that “big surprises” were in store for its fans and supporters, the CEO of Nintendo was interpreted as meaning that Nintendo is poised to add some sort of mobile phone functionality to its handheld gaming devices.

The internet tonight is abuzz of talk about the new “Nintendo phone.” One blog I visited even has a “sneak peak” at the device, which is particularly amazing when you consider that the whole idea was blown out of proportion and there, in fact, will be no Nintendo phone.

“Telephony is not in our wheelhouse,” said the head-honcho at Nintendo. “It’s not something I anticipate us getting into.”

On the bright side, however, Nintendo, while not considering a foray into the mobile phone sector, is considering giving its handheld gadgets “always-on wireless connectivity.”

It’s certainly a step in the right direction for the video game giant. But as far as some sort of Super Mario hybrid cellular device, it’s game over.

At least for now.

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