According to news website The Japan Times, Nintendo is in the process of helping smartphone app developers to port their software over to the Wii U. TJT is citing “company sources” from Nintendo, but no official word has been provided – in other words, take this as rumour for now.
Apparently, Nintendo is supplying app developers with “professional-use conversion software” which will help them convert and “produce smartphone games that can be played on Wii U.” The Japan Times describes the Wii U as a “struggling home video game console that helped widen the [Nintendo’s] operating loss in fiscal 2012.”
With Wii U hardware sales taking a serious downturn as a result of no new games, Nintendo just might be exploring some new avenues to generate content for their latest home console. This comes days after UK based stores and the UK branch of Amazon voluntarily slashed the price of the Wii U for the second time – the Basic model now sells for £149 while the Premium model sells for £199. Local retailers have yet to lower their own pricing.