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Nintendo Finally Recognises The iPhone (But It Isn’t A DSi Killer)


The iPhone exists…

After such a long time of childish back turning and casual ignorance, the guys over at Nintendo have finally accepted the fact that the iPhone is really here, although they don’t really care…

At Nintendo’s financial results briefing, Satoru Iwata, the president of the massive gaming developer, spoke out about the companies feelings about the iPhone as a gaming device, saying that he actually likes the device.  I wonder if he actually has one and he plays with iFart on the weekend?

Iwata claimed that he understands that the attention has been turned towards the Nintendo/iPhone relationship, saying, “people often said that Nintendo and Apple share much in common and I’ve often been asked how I feel about Apple products because I myself have been using Apple products,”

No competition here…

However, Iwata makes it perfectly clear that the iPhone and iPod Touch are no match for the likes of the DS family, including the new introduction of the DSi, as a gaming console.

“Quite recently, media have been reporting that iPhone is a rival to Nintendo DS, but I do not strongly agree mainly because of the difference in the customers,” continued Iwata.

“For the customers with whom we have the most strength, it must be rather difficult for Apple to reach, and for the customer base where Apple has the biggest strength, Nintendo products would have a hard time in receiving their appreciations.”

Are you sure?

Well, at least he has accepted the fact that the iPhone is at least in the same field as the DS.  However, is he being realistic?

The iPhone has only been a gaming unit for under a year, ever since the introduction of the AppStore in 2008.  Since then the fact that the iPhone provides such a fresh, new, exciting gaming experience has been one of Apple’s best selling points.

Furthermore, who can resist the fact that the iPhone isn’t only a gaming unit but the gaming section is only part of the iPhone experience – when you get an iPhone you don’t only get the chance to play games; you can make calls, use GPS, send emails, browse the web, blah, blah, blah…

Compared with…

In comparison the DSi is fairly limited – OK you can connect to an online store, but it doesn’t come close to being as in depth as the AppStore.  You can take a picture on the DSi, browse the web and send email but the whole process is a bit weak when you compare if to what can be considered a handheld MacBook.

So why has Nintendo’s President, Satoru Iwata, come out and had a pop at the iPhone?  Maybe they’re scared over at the Nintendo camp?  Maybe they feel that the new release possibly around the corner from Apple is going to be a force worth defending against…only time will tell…

Competition in the air?

Do you think the iPhone is a DS killer or does it not stand a chance?  Let us know what you think…


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