But the plan, which also envisages licensing popular game characters such as
The video game company may have to struggle for some time to come as Iwata appears determined to stay away from smartphones, one of the fastest growing gaming devices.
Meanwhile, no one seems to be in sight to eventually succeed the president, regarded by the industry as a charismatic presence at the company's helm.
"Our strength is best utilized in the business integrating game consoles and software," Iwata said at the briefing, apparently clinging to the company's achievement of having sold more than 100 million Wii home game consoles around the world.
Iwata appears to have been put off smartphones by the fact that users are chiefly limited to their touch screens, while
Iwata reiterated that the company will seek to revive its business by broadening the use of game consoles beyond entertainment to health, learning and living. He said details will be announced later this year.
In fact, in 2012, the domestic market for home-use game consoles was outpaced for the first time by online games for smartphones and personal computers, with the former worth
At the briefing on Thursday, he did mention the use of smartphones but what he had in mind were sales promotion apps that he said would be made available for download later this year.
"I am not thinking of shifting our core business to other hardware," Iwata said, apparently referring to smartphones.
Iwata was behind the big success of Wii and other products. While he apologized to investors at the briefing over deteriorating earnings, he was firm about staying on in office.
There does not appear to be anyone within
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The company's founding family, who lost former President
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