Think Nintendo overlord Satoru Iwata is bothered by suggestions that Apple's iPhone poses a threat to the DS? Then think again, chump!
Speaking to Forbes, Iwata admitted that he uses the iPhone himself, and regards the device as an attractive product. Yet in the Nintendo President's eyes, the iPhone and DS are just about different enough to find their own markets. "When I look carefully at the iPhone's users vs. the users of our Nintendo DS, I understand there are some overlaps," remarked Iwata-san, cool as a cucumber. "And if you ask 'Is the overlap too big?,' my answer is no, not so much."
We're right behind Iwata on this one. People aren't about to suddenly drop the 70 million DSes sold worldwide to date, and let's not forget how the DS convincingly beat another sleek, multimedia device to occupy top spot.
Reader Comments (Page 1 of 1)
7-23-2008 @ 5:14PM
Of course it's not a threat. The iPhone is primarily a PHONE, while the DS is made for gaming. Of course the DS is going to trump the iPhone in the gaming aspect. It's common sense.
7-23-2008 @ 5:26PM
I've played some of the games on the iPhone, and a few of them are entertaining enough, but you can't discount the fact that an iPhone (under most circumstances) requires a subscription to use for its primary purpose.
I think that's got to play into this in a major way.
7-23-2008 @ 5:47PM
I've played a few games on my iPod touch, and they're quite good. But I'm certainly not about to get rid of my Nintendo DS to play games on it, and I imagine iPhone users (who are using it as a phone) are even less likely to, since they'd probably appreciate having enough power to make phone calls.
7-23-2008 @ 9:39PM
I have both an iPhone and a Nintendo DS Lite and I still find myself using both just as much as before. The DS is simply more stable for gaming. So far, a majority of the apps I've downloaded for my iPhone (games and not) by third party developers often have stability issues at this early stage in development. So no, I don't think the iPhone will overtake the DS in the gaming department. I'd rather stick with true and steady DS when it comes to the hard work I put into my games, rather than risk frequent crashes.
7-23-2008 @ 10:19PM
I love gaming on my iPod Touch! There is a great Mahjong Solitaire game, great word puzzle games, and others.
But I also think both can exist. The games run the battery down way fast. The DS battery can keep going and going and going.
7-23-2008 @ 10:59PM
i agree with all the comments above. while the ipod and iphone are nice for little bursts of gaming when you have a few spare minutes, they aren't made for gaming, and i have both devices in front of me and want to game, I'm reaching for the DS.
7-23-2008 @ 11:51PM
If it's good enough for Iwata its good enough for core fans... nintendo build us an iPHONE killer!
it's like reggie selling us the wii and secretly he plays the Ps3... what the Flock?
7-24-2008 @ 9:01AM
doesn't mean he's using it as a gaming device.
7-24-2008 @ 8:34AM
The iphone costs what? $300? the ds costs $130? The iphone has 70 games? The DS has over 500?
7-24-2008 @ 11:46AM
I phone is not a threat besides do you think any parent in there right mind is going to drop $300 or more for a I phone for there kid so that they can play SMB? please.