According to company sources at the Japan Times, Nintendo is currently working on optimizing the Wii U console to run mobile games. Part of this process includes Nintendo offering developer "professional-use conversion software" for bringing their smartphone games to the console. Sources are saying that this is part of Nintendo's plan going forward to spur console sales after a second consecutive year of operating losses.
Sales in recent months have only been getting worse for the Wii U. With only a few potentially big releases coming in the next few months, it's no surprise to hear Nintendo is exploring new ways to start selling consoles. At this point it wouldn't be surprising of the big third party publishers like EA and Ubisoft were leaving the Wii U behind in favor of the PlayStation 4 and the next-gen Xbox.
Of course, the question now ends up being whether people will pay for a console just for smartphone games? Or more accurately, for smartphone games and Nintendo first party games? The OUYA is certainly building up support for its small console based entirely around Android games, but it also only costs $99. Eh, who are we kidding. If the OUYA also had the next big Mario or Zelda release, they could probably charge $299 and do just fine.
Hopefully we'll here more on this issue soon from official Nintendo sources. No word on when the Next Nintendo Direct will be, but if they're planning one for May it should be announced soon. Nintendo will definitely be doing something big in the next few months, considering they're skipping out on the big E3 press conference this year.