Nintendo is trying to modify its game consoles so customers can use smartphone applications on them, as the struggling Japanese company aims to return to profitability.
The Japan Times reported Monday that anonymous company sources revealed the console maker is betting on third-party smartphone apps to spur device sales. This, in turn, will lead to a growth in popular game titles on its platform, it added.
Nintendo will also focus on developing new software internally, the sources said.
Company president Satoru Iwata said it will roll out new game titles for Wii U, which is equipped with a touch screen, from this summer through to next year and it expects these new offerings to help drive console sales this year.