Win an 80GB PS3 from PS3 Fanboy!
Add to: My AOL, MyYahoo, Google, Bloglines
Joystiq presents

iPod games "no substitute" for DS

We could have told you that, Macworld! Looks like the handheld powerhouse of the DS (and some other system) is tempting even Apple to get into the game. As part of Apple's huge Showtime event, they announced not only a new video iPod, but games that can be purchased from iTunes for it as well, priced at $4.99. "Apple's been hard at work on new games for the iPod -- while it still may not be a substitute for a Nintendo DS or Sony PSP, the new iPod can play versions of popular casual games including Bejeweled, Mahjong, mini-golf, Pac-Man, Tetris, Cubis, Texas Hold 'Em, Vortex and Zuma ...."

For DS owners, this can't really compare. Those of us who enjoy the occasional casual game already have a few on the system, and the more tech-savvy DS owners can cook up just about anything they want with their homebrew powers. It's hard to gauge exactly which market Apple is trying to snag here. We can only speculate that Apple is going to try to hit mobile gaming where it lives, by offering easy downloads and a better interface. We so often hit the five instead of the six, after all. And who knows -- for those folks out there who use their PSPs primarily for media and only the occasional game, this may tempt them out of the Sony camp.

So who's planning on snagging Bejeweled 2 or Pac-Man just to see how it plays? We're pretty sure Apple can't tempt us away from our Tetris, but some of the others may be worth a go.

Related Headlines

Reader Comments (Page 1 of 2)

20XX1

9-12-2006 @ 4:00PM

20XX said...

It kind of worries me that this is going to be a big, influential thing for handheld gaming, because it's... you know, mostly crappy shareware played with a terrible controller.

Reply

2 starsvote downvote upReport
devi8i2

9-12-2006 @ 4:13PM

devi8i said...

Please, Nintendo, release a good mp3 player for teh DS so I am not forced to buy a new ipod...PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE

Reply

2 starsvote downvote upReport
DoktorWho3

9-12-2006 @ 4:37PM

DoktorWho said...

how the DS and IPAD relate is beyond me, very stupid blod post, very stupid and nonsensical

DS is coming out with an MP3 player, with it's own headphone jack for more volume

DS also needs PDA software, badly.

All these DS sales, will Nin take advantage.

Reply

2 starsvote downvote upReport
Duscrom4

9-12-2006 @ 4:42PM

Duscrom said...

WHy are Nintendo fanboys so defensive all the time? I'm surprised you guys don' have snipers killing anyone who walks out of a store with a PSP.

iPod games? feh, it's not better then the DS.. blah blah. Noone said it was...

Reply

2 starsvote downvote upReport
DoktorWho5

9-12-2006 @ 4:49PM

DoktorWho said...

DS Tetris, $39.99, and you can't even play the real game, really.

IPod Tetris $4.99.

Ipod ftw.

Reply

2 starsvote downvote upReport
Marcelo6

9-12-2006 @ 5:11PM

Marcelo said...

I take my iPod EVERYWHERE. I only take my DS on extended trips or things. But an iPod is like a cellphone - I think these iPod games are analagous to those cellphone games - you just play them in your spare time when you're waiting for the bus or whatever. I'm not all about to get into a Tetris DS match in my in-between time.

I agree that you're being mighty defensive.

Reply

2 starsvote downvote upReport
truplaya7

9-12-2006 @ 5:16PM

truplaya said...

Wow. Sony fanboys are so close-minded. (also, yeah, Ninty fangirl here...just thought I'd point that out :-P)


Anyways, I don't think iPod games will be much competition for the DS. I think they'll be like cell phone games. In other words: corny with stupid controls.


And for that PDA idea; I think the DS is perfect for that.

Reply

2 starsvote downvote upReport
AMA8

9-12-2006 @ 5:31PM

AMA said...

iPods..I don't remember how I ever got suckered into that trendy waste of money.

Reply

2 starsvote downvote upReport
Nmaster9

9-12-2006 @ 5:37PM

Nmaster said...

DS + iPod = PSP Killer

Reply

2 starsvote downvote upReport
user10

9-12-2006 @ 6:03PM

user said...

"It's hard to gauge exactly which market Apple is trying to snag here." Uhh... How about the market that buys iPods.

Reply

2 starsvote downvote upReport
Kaiser Soze11

9-12-2006 @ 6:04PM

Kaiser Soze said...

Duscrom: "WHy are Nintendo fanboys so defensive all the time? I'm surprised you guys don' have snipers killing anyone who walks out of a store with a PSP."

LOL

Then Nintendo fanboys on the one roof would shoot at the Sony fanboys at the opposite roof, and vice versa. It would be a freaking bloodbath. Actually that's a good idea for a game. And of course it should be released on the x-box 360, that way the sales of xbox would increase, because every Sony and Nintendo fanboy would buy a xbox just to kill some annoying digital fanboys. I mean... I would do it. Yeah, and by the way, it's nice to see some Sony fanboys pay this site a visit once in a while, it heatens up the discussion

Reply

2 starsvote downvote upReport
Michael12

9-12-2006 @ 6:23PM

Michael said...

I think it could well for stuff like Zuma, but I can't imagine playing Tetris with an ipod controller.

Reply

2 starsvote downvote upReport
LUIS13

9-12-2006 @ 6:49PM

LUIS said...

I love Apple and I love the DS, many people do. So why on earth would DSFANBOY be so insecure as to have to write in big letters that iPod games are not as good as DS games? Seek self-esteem counseling guys.

Reply

2 starsvote downvote upReport
20XX14

9-12-2006 @ 7:01PM

20XX said...

Nmaster: more like "DS or iPod= PSP killer"

Reply

2 starsvote downvote upReport
azusa-15

9-12-2006 @ 8:01PM

azusa- said...

Nmaster: Only if you can stand to carry two bricks in your pockets (or a bag).

20XX: Enjoy either lack of media playback or lack of games.

Reply

2 starsvote downvote upReport
Gaye Mann16

9-12-2006 @ 11:24PM

Gaye Mann said...

I think this is a good thing. Even if Apple show a teeny bit of interest in casual games it's still a step in the right direction. If Apple would just get some good games it might finally kill PC.

Reply

2 starsvote downvote upReport
Roy17

9-13-2006 @ 1:33AM

Roy said...

To: #2 and #3
The DS already has an MP3 player and a PDA software, simply get an adapter like M3 or Supercard and you can enjoy over a hundered more applications and games than you can now, including an MP3 player, video player, MSN client, emulators, ScummvM (old lucasarts games), and many many more

Reply

2 starsvote downvote upReport
blue sam18

9-13-2006 @ 12:50PM

blue sam said...

DoktorWho,

Tetris for DS is unlike what iPod offer. It have more features to play on DS include wi-fi to against over worldwide. It's $35 or less not $40.

Reply

2 starsvote downvote upReport
Frederik19

9-14-2006 @ 6:22AM

Frederik said...

Like Marcelo said, this is just like games on your phone. You tend to bring your phone/MP3 Player everywhere, but there aren't that many people who bring their DS when going to see a movie just to be able to play on the bus.

Reply

2 starsvote downvote upReport
fafafoofly20

9-14-2006 @ 4:31PM

fafafoofly said...

I think the blog is warrented. Obviously Apple is planning a big push into iPod games and Apple already starts content of slow, then works into a big show. Having EA on board for the iPod is a big push as well. It wouldn't surprise me to see analog stick adapters beign released for the iPod. Now if only Apple would make a device that hooks up to the TV where one could play iPod games. They could call it something like iPodTV or something similar....

Reply

2 starsvote downvote upReport
SpyroSpanish for EveryoneOoh la la!
Features
DS Daily (242)
DS Fanboy Lite (7)
DS Fanboy poll (27)
Friday video (35)
Game Night (101)
Metareview (33)
Show and Tell (29)
The DS Life (21)
What are you playing? (56)
Bits
Accessories (51)
Downloads (45)
Fan stuff (1122)
Features (197)
GBA (94)
Hacks (64)
Homebrew (120)
How-tos (61)
Imports (381)
Interviews (105)
Meta (43)
News (2072)
Nintendo Wi-Fi (161)
Reviews (144)
Sales (64)
Screens (345)
Video (343)
Rumors (89)

RESOURCES

RSS NEWSFEEDS

Powered by Blogsmith

Featured Galleries

Drawn to Life DS Case
Joshikousei Nigeru! Shinrei Puzzle Gakuen
Dungeon Explorer Warriors of Ancient Arts
Master of Illusion
Card Hero
Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney
Bubble Bobble Double Shot
Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker
Jake Hunter: Detective Chronicles

 

Most Commented On (14 days)

Recent Comments

Weblogs, Inc. Network

  • Autos
    • Autoblog
    • AutoblogGreen
    • Autoblog Spanish
    • Autoblog Chinese
    • Autoblog Simplified Chinese
  • Technology
    • Download Squad
    • Engadget
    • Engadget HD
    • Engadget Mobile
    • Engadget Chinese
    • Engadget Simplified Chinese
    • Engadget Japanese
    • Engadget Spanish
    • TUAW (Apple)
  • Lifestyle
    • AisleDash
    • DIY Life
    • Gadling
    • Green Daily
    • Luxist
    • ParentDish
    • Slashfood
    • Styledash
    • That's Fit
  • Gaming
    • Joystiq
    • DS Fanboy
    • Nintendo Wii Fanboy
    • PS3 Fanboy
    • PSP Fanboy
    • Second Life Insider
    • WoW Insider
    • Xbox 360 Fanboy
  • Entertainment
    • Cinematical
    • TV Squad
  • Finance
    • BloggingBuyouts
    • BloggingStocks
  • Also on AOL
    • African-American Culture
    • Autos
    • Games
    • Maps
    • Money
    • Movies
    • Music
    • News
    • Sports
    • Switched
    • Television
    • Travel

Other Weblogs Inc. Network blogs you might be interested in:

PS3 Fanboy
  • PS3 outsells Wii again in Japan
  • Sony hopeful for successful Black Friday PS3 sales
  • European PSN update for November 22nd
  • Nomura spills info on FF Versus XIII in latest Dengeki
  • PS3 Orange Box: the slideshow version
Subscribe with My AOL, MyYahoo or Bloglines
WOW Insider
  • Caption This: Vote for winners!
  • Calendars for charity
  • Breakfast Topic: How is the alt coming along?
  • Login servers down, forums explode
  • Know Your Lore Special: So what are you doing for the holidays?
Subscribe with My AOL, MyYahoo or Bloglines
PSP Fanboy
  • PSP Fanboy review: Silent Hill Origins
  • Sony continues to talk PlayStation Phone possibilities
  • Crisis Core is Square's best selling game this year
  • Downloadable games may not feature same content as UMD
  • Senators call for ESRB review after Manhunt 2 fiasco
Subscribe with My AOL, MyYahoo or Bloglines
Joystiq
  • Sisters of Battle, Dark Eldar lead charge in Dawn of War: Soulstorm
  • Use the Rock Band drums with your PC
  • Unreal Engine 3 coming to Wii (but not by Epic)
  • Sony denies PlayStation Phone ... again
  • Today's Katamariest video: Cartoon Network's 'Chowder'
Subscribe with My AOL, MyYahoo or Bloglines
Engadget Mobile
  • Nokia's patent application looks at things from a different angle
  • Debitel rearing to capitalize on T-Mobile Germany's SIM-free iPhone
  • Doro's ridiculously simple phones in the wild
  • Sony denies the PlayStation Phone, as usual
  • Qualcomm wins a legal round against Nokia in the US, too
Subscribe with My AOL, MyYahoo or Bloglines
Autoblog Green
  • Video: first look at John Goodwin's diesel add-on kit
  • Micro-hybrid Smart should arrive Stateside in the next two years
  • LA Auto Show videos: Lohner Porsche, Hyundai's QarmaQ
  • PSA sends a Peugeot 307 Hybride to the Challenge Bibendum
  • Waiting for the diesel Accord? Check out the current Euro-spec Accord diesel
Subscribe with My AOL, MyYahoo or Bloglines
Engadget
  • Rock Band users discovering hardware issues?
  • India's Tata announces plans for hydrogen car
  • Creative prepping 4GB Zen Stone Plus?
  • Black Friday deal roundup
  • Black Friday Giveaways (part 7): Toshiba Gigabeat U202
Subscribe with My AOL, MyYahoo or Bloglines
The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)
  • Apple one-day discounts posted
  • Happy Thanksgiving
  • NCIS features an oddly full-featured iPhone
  • How much is your iPhone contract worth to Apple?
  • Silver post PowerBook earrings
Subscribe with My AOL, MyYahoo or Bloglines
Autoblog
  • Goodwood racing book wrapped in rubber
  • Montoya of the Year
  • AutoblogGreen for 11.23.07
  • In depth: Acura's 2.3L turbocharged I-4 engine
  • Canadian union calls Chrysler's actions "stupid"
Subscribe with My AOL, MyYahoo or Bloglines
Gadling
  • Buy Nothing Day: Boycott shopping this Christmas, please?
  • One for the Road: Pauline Frommer's Costa Rica
  • The Great Escape: Visiting historical sites from the film
  • Where on Earth? Week 33: War Memorial Museum, Seoul, South Korea
  • Big in Japan: Exploding piggy bank helps you save money
Subscribe with My AOL, MyYahoo or Bloglines
Engadget HD
  • Polaroid launches Definia line of LCD HDTVs
  • Star Trek HD DVD phaser promo details uncloaked
  • Vizio still #1 for LCDs in North America
  • HDTV Listings for November 22, 2007
  • Samsung announces plans to expand 8G LCD plant...without Sony
Subscribe with My AOL, MyYahoo or Bloglines
Download Squad
  • UK retailers join the anti-DRM crusade
  • Have you taken your website to SEO school? Website Grader
  • Avoid long lines on Black Friday with these shopping sites
  • Techsmith offers free Camtasia Studio download
  • Yahoo! Mail for visually impaired users
Subscribe with My AOL, MyYahoo or Bloglines