The only way Nintendo can compete (hardware wise) if they were to make a cell phone. No one is going to carry around a cell phone and a Nintendo DS with them all the time.
If Nintendo wants to get into the cell phone business, they need to hurry and outbid HP for Palm. That's pretty much their only option. And even if they took that route, it's still pretty risky, and chances of catching up to the iPhone are slim to none.
If Nintendo doesn't want to miss the new mobile revolution, they should start talking with Apple. Nintendo could sell millions and millions of games on the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. That would pretty much destroy their Nintendo DS sales, but it would be in their own best interest.
That's why Apple is a juggernaut right now, and no one else is competing. Everyone else is afraid of cannibalizing existing business, they are afraid of innovating too much and alienating legacy software. Apple is not afraid and consumers are loving it. Definitely the right business decision, though it is scary.
I can see Nintendo going the way of Sega and becoming software only if they're not careful. Personally, I think the writing is on the wall for Nintendo. They got one upped by the usurper Sony with the Playstation I. Their Game Cube took a beating at the hands of the PS2. They repackaged the Game Cube into the Wii with the motion sensor thing. Sure, it was a lucky 'fad' for them. It's been near the top for two Christmas in a row. It's sold plenty and had a good run. The whole family pink purse angle on the Wii and the DS deserves some credit to Nintendo. But where they pioneered casual gaming, Apple is going to trample over their carcass and take casual gaming to the next level. ie the 'eco system' is where Apple have them beat. Plain and simple.
I think Nintento's star or time is on the wane. They can't seem to manufacture the Wii. The iPad costs a little more and offers something far more compelling overall for the whole family. Want a DS or an iPod touch? I found the touch to be far more compelling. Internet browsing and cool, simple fun games. And the iPod touch has a C64 emulator.
DS vs the iPod touch. One looks childish the other is the hot gadget to have.
Wii vs iPad. Sure. A price difference of £250. Buy five Nintendo games at £40 and you could have bought an iPad instead of a Wii. I know which I'd rather have. ...and the iPad is something the whole family can use. Remember the initial price of the PS3? And the iPad offers alot more to the family than mere gaming.
Apple's brand is much more grown up and today's kids like that aspirational sophistication.
iPad/Pod games are fun, cheap or free. And the quality is rising. I find many of the DS games either patronising or to quagmirish. Personal opinion. And the price. DS game for £39-40 vs a legion of free or cheap iPod/Pad games? No contest. No packaging. Want the latest hot game? I don't go down to Gameland. I just download it. For me? Apple have the future and Nintendo's nuts in the palm of their hand.
Nintendo would be better served by joining the gold rush. They have some great game IP.
I don't expect to see them cave in the forseeable future. I don't see how Nintendo can turn their back on Sony thinking they've beaten them. Another price cut will see a PS3 come back on them. If it had been cheaper, it would have mopped up against the 360 and Wii. My opinion.
But they are going to take a beating. No mistake about that. And they're not the only ones.
If the DS+ is the best they've got...they better get medicare insurance.
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