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  • Is Apple Killing Nintendo?


    Despite a resurgence in popularity born of the release of Nintendo's Wii, the venerable Japanese video game maker is taking an earnings beatdown. And most blame Apple as the likely culprit.

    This week, Nintendo revealed that its fiscal-first-half net profit plummeted better than 50% and added that things are bound to get worse before they get better. As reported by MacDailyNews, Nintendo "faces growing competition in the hand-held market from Apple Inc.'s iPhone and iPod touch and their growing lineup of games," writes Kenneth Maxwell of the Wall Street Journal.

    "Nintendo on Thursday said it will introduce a new version of its popular DS hand-held, the Nintendo DSi LL, that comes with a larger 4.2-inch screen that allows users to surf the Web and will encourage them to use the device as a music player. The current DSi has a 3.25-inch screen. The company said it will go on sale in Japan on Nov. 21, though it did not announce any immediate plans to sell the new device outside of Japan."
    Although no one is saying that Nintendo is dead in the water, Apple has certainly made it difficult for Nintendo to stay afloat. And if the rumors that Apple Insider reports prove to be true, Nintendo may have more of an uphill fight than most realize.

    As Apple continues to gain ground in the portable gaming space, the Wall Street Journal also suggested that the Cupertino, Calif., company could enter the console business and compete with the Nintendo Wii, Microsoft Xbox 360 and Sony Playstation 3. While that rumor has persisted for years, it has yet to prove accurate.
    Although the news this week seems to suggest that Apple is squaring off against Nintendo, the truth, however, probably lies in the growing battle between Apple and Microsoft. If Apple does, indeed, introduce their own gaming console, its likely that such a development would be intended to do battle with the XBox 360 and Sony's Playstation 3. Although Nintendo would still face added competition from such a venture by Apple, it's safe to assume that Nintendo would not be target #1 for Apple.

    Apple also boasted in September that, at that moment, the iPhone OS had 21,179 game and entertainment titles available, compared to 3,680 for the Nintendo DS and 607 for the Sony PSP. One of the strengths of the iPhone and iPod touch is the number of budget-priced titles available for the platform. Comparatively, most games for the Nintendo DS and Sony PSP cost between $25 and $40.
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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Is Apple Killing Nintendo? started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 42 Comments
    1. playboii's Avatar
      playboii -
      i dont see how this is possible..i hate playing games on the iphone...touch screen play is no fun in my opinion..i have yet to find a game that interested me..
    1. M4tt Dam0n's Avatar
      M4tt Dam0n -
      This is Apple first shot at gaming and they beat the sony loool.
    1. LittleJob's Avatar
      LittleJob -
      AppleBox 69 they will call it.

      -Brandon
    1. famleon69's Avatar
      famleon69 -
      actually, My son has a nintendo DS, but he loves to play with the games in my iphone....the screen is better and some of the game are better... So I understand it
    1. madczech's Avatar
      madczech -
      wow! a apple console would be greaat! but i dont really see how it would be possible for apple to launch a console in a saturated market?!
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      The Wii is popular because it is filling the gap that the 360/PS3 have created in that Nintendo creates games for the younger users.

      I find it hard to believe that the iPhone/iTouch caused their sales to drop %50. Now if they said that Hard Times were the culprit I could swallow it better.

      Quote Originally Posted by madczech View Post
      wow! a apple console would be greaat! but i dont really see how it would be possible for apple to launch a console in a saturated market?!
      Um they launched a phone in a saturated market and now everyone else is scrambling to copy it
    1. shadowtrainer02's Avatar
      shadowtrainer02 -
      It's unfeasable that /ANYTHING/ from Apple would be able to even put a dent in the industry juggernaught that is pokemon, which is conveniently owned by nintendo, it's never going to happen, even the DS has sold astronomical figures without an "app store" or "iTunes".
    1. madczech's Avatar
      madczech -
      Quote Originally Posted by CaptainChaos View Post
      Um they launched a phone in a saturated market and now everyone else is scrambling to copy it
      True true
    1. riku98523's Avatar
      riku98523 -
      Lulz apple gaming system. Lets see PS3 originally was $599 so I'm guessing Apple's system is going to be $1000 and going to have the Hardware of a 360.
    1. reanimationxp's Avatar
      reanimationxp -
      Quote Originally Posted by riku98523 View Post
      Lulz apple gaming system. Lets see PS3 originally was $599 so I'm guessing Apple's system is going to be $1000 and going to have the Hardware of a 360.
      rofl true dat.
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      Uh, no. Crappy games, no hidef, no really good shooters, and maybe the waste of time it was to look for a Wii in stores is what has hurt Nintendo. To think that the iPhone/iPod Touch is hurting Nintendo is laughable. At best.

      Quote Originally Posted by riku98523 View Post
      Lulz apple gaming system. Lets see PS3 originally was $599 so I'm guessing Apple's system is going to be $1000 and going to have the Hardware of a 360.
      The way Apple is about being a generation behind it would be more like the original Xbox in terms of hardware.
    1. santaf's Avatar
      santaf -
      Quote Originally Posted by riku98523 View Post
      Lulz apple gaming system. Lets see PS3 originally was $599 so I'm guessing Apple's system is going to be $1000 and going to have the Hardware of a 360.
      hahahaha yayy for apple making things cost so much hahha
    1. renofantym's Avatar
      renofantym -
      so why doesn't nintendo port some games over to the iphone ? Pokemon...Mario...would love some nintendo titles on the iphone
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      ^Was wondering that myself! Would love to play Super Mario on my phone!
    1. dale1v's Avatar
      dale1v -
      Quote Originally Posted by madczech View Post
      wow! a apple console would be greaat! but i dont really see how it would be possible for apple to launch a console in a saturated market?!
      Yuck, and doubt it.
    1. cssoz's Avatar
      cssoz -
      Quote Originally Posted by CaptainChaos View Post
      The Wii is popular because it is filling the gap that the 360/PS3 have created in that Nintendo creates games for the younger users.

      I find it hard to believe that the iPhone/iTouch caused their sales to drop %50. Now if they said that Hard Times were the culprit I could swallow it better.



      Um they launched a phone in a saturated market and now everyone else is scrambling to copy it
      true to both statement
    1. TwinSouls's Avatar
      TwinSouls -
      Dont matter how much apple charges for a console. You know there will be plenty of fanboys that will by it.I love my Macbook,Ipods and Iphone but I always believed Apple products to be over rated for so many reasons but nothing is perfect.

      Hell, I dished out $599 fo a ps3 when it first came out so if I had the extra money and it was dope, I would buy an Ape console.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      I play all sorts of Nintendo on my phone. I was reminiscing just the other day...

      Ultima
      Contra
      Bards Tale
      Joust
      Boulderdash!

      It's fun.
    1. iancdp's Avatar
      iancdp -
      Everyone has just realized that the Wii sucks thats the problem i had two Wii's i got it for how cool it seemed at first and then i sold it because it got boring quick 2nd time was because of mario kart and that was fun for a while but the games are toooooooo childish and it looks like they dont put much effort into them in my opinion.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      The games /are/ for kids. That's the point.