Not Only Would they Make Money but Could Market Their Consoles As Well
I read an article on this topic earlier today and it made the good point that not only would releasing their old games on smartphones be a good moneymaker, it would also get people interested in their current generation of consoles and games in effect acting as a marketing tool as well as a moneymaker. Imagine someone playing the old Mario, Metroid or Zelda games getting excited by them and wanting to play the newer versions that aren't available on smartphones. Nintendo is being really really stupid with this.
It's not the first Gangnam Style Parody they've gone after.
I've submitted this here but I don't know if Techdirt has had a chance to see it yet, but a very popular Gangnam Style parody by CaptainSparklez was taken down by Universsal. He is still working on getting that resolved but unfortunately YouTube's processes are making things difficult.
Yup, unfortunately standard practice in this case means standard practice for the industry in the US. I don't know about all US carriers but I know the two biggest ones, AT&T and Verizon, force you to have a data plan with a smartphone even if you don't use data at all or only use data via WiFi.
"A real journalist, he [the prosecutor] explained, was supposed to follow police orders without a second thought. A real journalist would never back talk to police. A real journalist would never question a direct police order as to why he was not allowed to stand on a public sidewalk."
Thankfully the defense was able to shred that argument to shreds. What the prosecution was describing is what you see in dictatorships and other such countries, not what is supposed to be a free democracy.
Bethesda/Zenimax apparently disagrees. Mojang has offered to give up the trademark request and even change the name to "Scrolls: some subtitle" but Bethesda doesn't want them using the word "Scrolls" at all and are continuing with the suit.