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Nintendo Turn Down Skype…Isn’t That A Mistake?

No Skype says Nintendo

Nintendo have hit out at reports that Skype is going to feature on the DSi in the near future claiming that such plans are not even being given any thought…but isn’t that a bit of a mistake?

Skype themselves have claimed that Skype would be highly possible on the unit – and for Skype who have been thriving through the economic recession the move would be a fantastic profit sucker.

So why has Nintendo announced that there are no plans to bring the two technologies together?  Think about it…if Nintendo and Skype got together to bring a VoIP client to the DSi then you might as well say goodbye to the iPhone from the portable gaming battle…so why aren’t they doing it.

Perhaps one of the most exciting features that the iPhone has on its side is that fact that you can have a bit of gaming fun for a few hours then when you’re finished you can put the phone to your ear and make a call – it’s amazingly convenient!

Skype would be the obvious choice

So why don’t Nintendo want a piece of the gaming/phoning pie?  Skype is the obvious choice for the gaming console – it is the most successful VoIP client out there and it already has a strong customer base which has been poaching customers from the likes of BT…

Nintendo must have something up their sleeve – maybe they are planning to release a VoIP client of their own that they don’t have to pay for every month and split their profits with…an in-house VoIP service would make sense from that point of view.

But surely Skype’s brand name would have attracted more customers to the device – after all the DSi has managed to bundle in more than a couple of cameras and an SD card…the DSi is introducing DSiWare which acts in a similar way to Apple’s AppStore.  So if they are working at attacking the AppStore why aren’t they going straight for the jugular?

Be clear Nintendo

Whatever Nintendo’s reasoning they have now made themselves perfectly clear – despite Satoru Iwata himself, the Nintendo big boss man and Shigeru Miyamoto, the creative director, have both come out the press stoking the rumour fires, Nintendo have now announced “We have no plans to release a Skype application for Nintendo DS or DSi.”

Meanwhile Skype are still up for the deal – after all their plans for growth involve expanding to new platforms “to bring Skype functionality wherever, whenever, and on whatever device or site people choose to use it.”

So although it would make sense for Skype to beg for a move to the DSi, they have said “whilst we can’t comment on any future plans to bring Skype to Nintendo’s DSi, it would technically be possible.” That sounds like they’re holding back to me…


Would you welcome the introduction of Skype to your DSi or do you think that VoIP should be left to the computer, or the iPhone or anywhere other than your DSi?  Let us know…

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