Nintendo has received the backing of Activision with regard to its controversial decision to introduce a new circle pad to the 3DS console.
The addition, which comes in the form of a cradle the handheld will sit in, will suit a lot of developers when it comes to making games for the 3DS, such as Monster Hunter 3G, Resident Evil Revelations and Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater 3D.
Eric Hirshberg, publishing CEO of Activision, has praised the move as he feels the hardware now becomes more “relevant and compatible” to the type of games published by Activision.
However, he stated that he has nothing to announce relating to plans for releases that would make use of the second circle pad attachment, located on the right hand side of the 3DS.
A number of analysts have predicted that Nintendo will need to move into the smartphone market in order to keep up with competitors.
But Mr Iwata said that “this is absolutely not under consideration.”
“If we did this, Nintendo would cease to be Nintendo. Having a hardware development team in-house is a major strength. It’s the duty of management to make use of those strengths.”