Sony recently announced that they have formed a special games division designed to bring some of its classic Playstation games to the iOS platform. This is fantastic news and should please all iOS gamers. Sony's classic games should prove to be huge hits on the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.\nMichael Grothaus reports on Sony's decision for Know Your Mobile:\n\nI\u2019m old enough to remember the first Sony Playstation, and truthfully, I freak out a bit when people tell me their first console was the PS2 or PS3. Those people actually consider the PS1 \u201cretro\u201d, which means I\u2019m just old. But those people also missed out on some truly incredible Sony games (for that day and age, anyway). Those games included the PS1 versions Gran Turismo 2, Tekken 3, Metal Gear Solid, and more.\nOf course those gamers who can list the PS2 and PS3 and their first console are quickly aging too. After all, it\u2019s entirely likely that most people in today\u2019s generation will have their first video game experience on a smartphone. Perhaps that\u2019s why it\u2019s so cool to hear the news that Sony has created a gaming division specifically designed to bring its Playstation titles to iOS and Android. Generation Smartphone will soon be able to experience the \u201cretro\u201d games many of us reading this grew up with. Here\u2019s everything you need to know.\n\u2026ForwardWorks is a games studio in Sony that is being tasked with bringing iterations of games and characters from its back catalog to Android and iOS.\nGiven that ForwardWorks has just formed, it\u2019s likely the first games won\u2019t come out until the holiday 2016 period or early 2017. That means it would be well into 2017 before we here in the West see the games.\nMore at Know Your Mobile\n\nSony\u2019s wise decision to monetize its back catalog of great games stands in stark contrast to Nintendo, which has so far shown an absolute unwillingness to seriously consider releasing versions of its own huge library of games on the iOS platform.\nTimes have changed and Nintendo has fallen behind\nSo why isn\u2019t Nintendo following in Sony\u2019s footsteps? I think the main reason is that the company is still stuck in a mindset that predates the mobile revolution. It doesn\u2019t understand yet that it needs to offers some of its best gaming franchises on other platforms.\nOh sure, Nintendo has announced one game for iOS already called Miitomo. But the game is an oddity that is not what most iOS gamers are looking for from Nintendo. Instead of offering games with Mario, Zelda and Donkey Kong, Nintendo has opted to offer a strange kind of game that nobody really cares much about.\nIt's this sort of decision that illustrates the behind-the-times mindset of Nintendo. They seem to think that they can fiddle around with iOS instead of producing top-notch, first rate franchise games that people actually want to buy and play.\nNintendo classic games on iOS would not be a threat to the company\u2019s consoles\nAnother reason why Nintendo is holding back its most popular franchises is that it fears watering down the value of its intellectual property by releasing games with its popular characters for other platforms. Nintendo wants folks that want to play any kind of Mario, Zelda, etc. game to buy a Nintendo console.\nBut this attitude makes very little sense if you think about all of the classic games Nintendo could release for iOS. Games that ran on the Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64, and other earlier consoles could be spruced up with new graphics and still be huge sellers in the iOS App Store.\nAnd releasing classic games would not be a threat to sales of Nintendo\u2019s newer consoles. The folks that want to play the latest and greatest Nintendo games would still have to buy a console from the company.\nClassic Nintendo games on iOS would help reach younger gamers\nAnother reason why Nintendo needs to offer its classic games on iOS is that its customer base has aged to a certain extent. By locking up all of its popular characters on its own consoles, Nintendo has failed to reach many younger people who didn\u2019t grow up playing on the company\u2019s gaming consoles.\nMany younger people have grown up playing games on their smartphones. And it\u2019s that critical demographic that Nintendo has failed to reach in recent years. These younger gamers don't have the fond memories of earlier Nintendo games that older gamers have, thus they lack the connection to Nintendo itself.\nReleasing classic games would introduce the whole Nintendo range of characters to newer, younger gamers and thus help to bring them into the Nintendo family. If Nintendo fails to connect with these younger, smartphone oriented gamers it will really hurt the company as time goes by and their older customers fade away.\nMaybe Sony\u2019s decision will wake up Nintendo someday\nKudos to Sony for its forward thinking about releasing its classic games on iOS devices. The company is probably going to make tons of money, and will bring its popular classic franchises to a whole new generation of mobile gamers.\nAnd if Sony does well then perhaps Nintendo will finally wake up and do something similar. I\u2019m not holding my breath, given Nintendo\u2019s reputation for sheer stubbornness but you never know.\nAfter a few of Sony\u2019s games are released and top the iOS charts, Nintendo might have second thoughts about keeping its treasure trove of classic games locked up on its consoles.\nDid you miss a post? Check the Eye On Apple home page to get caught up with the latest news, discussions and rumors about Apple.