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  • iOS is 'PWNING' Nintendo's Profits

    Apple is completely wiping Nintendo's popularity off of the face of the earth.

    It was shortly after the release of the Nintendo 3DS that Nintendo had to downsize the price. Why? The iPod touch and the iPhone 4, which used to cost less than the Nintendo 3DS, proved to be a more popular gaming solution than any game that Nintendo game creators could whip up. No one wanted to buy $30+ game cartridges anymore. The future is here, and Apple saw that it would mean downloadable content would be the mainstream way to carry games with us.

    The choice is clear. Do you want to carry around cases of game cartridges for your clunky Nintendo 3DS? Or do you want to be able to download and delete games on the fly on your sleek, slim iPod touch or iPhone? The consumers have made this decision, and it is shown by how Nintendo's sales numbers are draining as each sales quarter goes by.

    Nintendo, the maker of the Wii, 3DS, DSi, and more reported that over a time span of just six months, they lost $925 million to the all-in-one mobile device maker, Apple. Nintendo is hanging on by threads. They hope that the upcoming holidays and promotions that stores will offer will help them sell their machines. They expect that through 2012 the Wii and 3DS will continue to fall victim to Apple's device cannibalization. With the iPhone 4S bringing a compact gaming experience that's seven to eight times better than the iPhone 4, Nintendo is going to have a hard time trying to sell their devices. Additionally, Apple's engineers keep making the iPhone better. Nintendo is already 3 steps behind and I don't see them being about to outpace Apple any time soon.

    The cannibalization of the market is beyond the stretch of Apple, though. Nintendo sees Android smartphones as a massive threat to their business as well. Android phones have graphics capabilities that equate the iPhone, however the iPhone 4S is currently in the lead of all smartphones.

    Nintendo has failed to cooperate with Apple, in that they have been encouraged to release their games on the Apple iOS platform. Games such as Mario, and Zelda. Nintendo sternly said no. While it may have been a reach for Nintendo, it certainly would have helped them rake in some revenue. With all of the iDevices out on the market, selling their games on the App Store would help with their upcoming debt problems. With addicting quick-sellers on the iOS platform such as Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja, and Words with Friends, Nintendo will need to make an urgent decision. Maybe soon, Nintendo will see that there is no other choice but to come to peace with the saying, "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em."

    What do you think? Should Nintendo release their games on the iOS platform for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad? Share in the comments below!

    Sources: Apple Insider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iOS is 'PWNING' Nintendo's Profits started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 78 Comments
    1. MXCO's Avatar
      MXCO -
      I really love my iphone 4, but i think games on idevice are just to pass time while waiting for your appointment, waiting on someone/gf getting ready, waiting on something or overall just to pass time. Nintendo/PSP are more for playing REAL games. But both NEED to step up their game YO!
    1. duromega's Avatar
      duromega -
      Quote Originally Posted by MXCO View Post
      I really love my iphone 4, but i think games on idevice are just to pass time while waiting for your appointment, waiting on someone/gf getting ready, waiting on something or overall just to pass time. Nintendo/PSP are more for playing REAL games. But both NEED to step up their game YO!
      So, games on iOS aren't real I haven't noticed that

      Nintendo should give up and develop their games to iOS I will never buy a nintendo ds or something like that but if they have their games on iOS I definitely will buy some of their games, (my opinion they just jealous)
    1. Buzzeh's Avatar
      Buzzeh -
      Wow wow... All this information is completely wrong. Nintendo did not lower the price of the 3DS because of apple, there were other reasons, the DS at launch cost $129, and the 3DS at $249, thats a big difference isnt it? The DS back in the day sold the original DS had a staggered global launch, with five months between the Japanese, American and European launches, giving it less time to perform. Its sales totalled 6.65 million for the first seven months of its life. The 3DS has sold more then that so far in a less amount of the original DS that sold over 150 million units in its lifetime.And honestly... i rather Play Legend of Zelda Ocarina of time or Beyond the labyrinth instead of Angry birds(which i can get on the the Wii shop channel) or Tiny winds on my little iPod.
    1. Doran's Avatar
      Doran -
      Well it is obvious that we all have different opinions about this topic..... I personally haven't played a Nintendo game in quite some time now..... I am not worried for Nintendo, I'm sure they will make the right decision for their company's future.
    1. Beastly L92's Avatar
      Beastly L92 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Buzzeh View Post
      Wow wow... All this information is completely wrong. Nintendo did not lower the price of the 3DS because of apple, there were other reasons, the DS at launch cost $129, and the 3DS at $249, thats a big difference isnt it? The DS back in the day sold the original DS had a staggered global launch, with five months between the Japanese, American and European launches, giving it less time to perform. Its sales totalled 6.65 million for the first seven months of its life. The 3DS has sold more then that so far in a less amount of the original DS that sold over 150 million units in its lifetime.And honestly... i rather Play Legend of Zelda Ocarina of time or Beyond the labyrinth instead of Angry birds(which i can get on the the Wii shop channel) or Tiny winds on my little iPod.
      Cool story, bro.

      Apple sold 4 million 4s' in a weekend. Fact is, the DS or 3DS looks quite lame next to an iPod touch. Portable game console vs portable game console, iPod, camera, FaceTime, webz, Facebook, texting, email, movies, ect, ect...

      Sure, some people wanna play Pokeman, but as far as the major consumer market goes the iPod/iPhone product line is MUCH more desired. Nintendo is in serious trouble.. They'll end up developing for Apple. Or panhandling in the streets. Maybe both....
    1. mrl1007's Avatar
      mrl1007 -
      They should come up with some kind of adapter to pop in the bottom of the iPhone that would be like a game boy and start coming out with games for ios. Def would b there best choice. I'd buy one and I don't even play games. If it worked I'd even play games like madden or nba jam if I had actual buttons to press and my thumbs weren't in the way
    1. dknowle's Avatar
      dknowle -
      I've owned practically every console and handheld since the Atari 2600 and will likely get a 3DS for my kids and Vita for myself. I love mobile gaming on my iPhone but most iOS games lack true console quality.

      I think Nintendo is making the right move by not putting their games on iOS. True gamers are going to buy consoles or handhelds to get the exclusive titles. Sure iOS has had an impact on Nintendo (and others), but I think it would be mostly attributed to those casual gamers just looking for mobile games.

      Nintendo is not going anywhere anytime soon.
    1. MXCO's Avatar
      MXCO -
      Quote Originally Posted by duromega View Post
      So, games on iOS aren't real I haven't noticed that

      Nintendo should give up and develop their games to iOS I will never buy a nintendo ds or something like that but if they have their games on iOS I definitely will buy some of their games, (my opinion they just jealous)
      What i meant is nintendo games have more options and longer lasting game play then iOS games. I went thru fragger in few short of time sorta of.

      But aside all this i still prefer to whip out my iPhone 4 in public rather then my DS. iPhone is smaller n cooler (:
    1. Moreno53's Avatar
      Moreno53 -
      Nintendo needs to get smart and start releasing their titles on iOS. I swear the people on these site are so clueless about the reality that surrounds them. "Real gamers"? Who the **** cares about real gamers? They make up about 2% of the consumer market. They are completely inconsequential when compared to the casual or recreational gamer. Angry birds has proved that you don't need "depth" or some other esoteric gaming nonsense to be successful. Mario Kart, Mario, Zelda, Smash Bros all would be fantastic on iOS.
    1. phoenixfire425's Avatar
      phoenixfire425 -
      If Nintendo is smart they will utilize the iOS devices and make a market for Nintendo. They could make a controller or case as a controller for iOS devices and the build games for the appstore. However there really is nothing stopping the developers of the nintendo games to start developing for ios. Other then license agreements. Heck maybe Nintendo could make an adapter to connect to the iOS device and the. We could play the cartridges right from the software that Nintendo would have made to read it. All the cartridges really are is an SD card in a pretty case. I know if nintendo made the adapter and publishes they'd software on the AppStore I would def be onboard for this!!
    1. exNavy's Avatar
      exNavy -
      "which costed less than the Nintendo 3DS" Costed? Please consult a dictionary right now. Do you guys not have spell check?
    1. Dajokeisonu's Avatar
      Dajokeisonu -
      I love how some people state "Roms are hard to come by these days" .... Seriously
    1. imnothardcore's Avatar
      imnothardcore -
      Quote Originally Posted by Moreno53 View Post
      Nintendo needs to get smart and start releasing their titles on iOS. I swear the people on these site are so clueless about the reality that surrounds them. "Real gamers"? Who the **** cares about real gamers? They make up about 2% of the consumer market. They are completely inconsequential when compared to the casual or recreational gamer. Angry birds has proved that you don't need "depth" or some other esoteric gaming nonsense to be successful. Mario Kart, Mario, Zelda, Smash Bros all would be fantastic on iOS.
      I agree with you 100%. I buy apps/games extremely frequently for my iPhone and use them often but I will never buy a DS in a million years. I really want nintendo to release games on the iPhone and I think they are extremely stupid for not doing so. I think kids and the "hardcore" gamers are going to buy the DS regardless so why make yourself struggle and not release it on the iphone. on the iphone people like me will happily hand our money to nintendo vs $0 to nintendo by them not. If it was a good game I wouldnt even mind spending $10,$20 maybe $30 depending on length. I think some of the more expensive apps are starting to prove that people with an iPhone dont mind spending more if its worth it.

      Additionally my iPhone is with me EVERYWHERE EVERYDAY. A DS would rarely be with me, and I imagine not many people bring their DS with them everywhere. Nintendo should port some of their older games as a test(how many people have the nes emulator app, I know I did when i was jailbroken). PLUS mario cart would be so awesome on the iphone.
    1. stevelucky's Avatar
      stevelucky -
      Whoa, whoa, whoa.
      The iPod touch and the iPhone 4, which costed less than the Nintendo 3DS...
      Costed. Costed?You've got to be joking. My 2nd grader wouldn't make make that mistake.
    1. 143voltron's Avatar
      143voltron -
      Good morning all, First of all, I think the article lacked body and not enough support. Second, we are in a forum called modmyi - where the majority of the votes are going to be swayed towards any idevices. I have been a gamer since the atari 2600 (just like somebody who posted earlier), cammodore, attari 5200 and so forth. I've had the gameboy, ds, psp and there respective consoles. But no idevices will bring the true gaming experince that these hand held devices bring. I have two kids, and yes, while they do grab my iphone/ipad and play with it and clearly enjoy it, the choice of gaming while we take long drives is clearly ds (5yr) and psp(13yr). The idevices is what the late Mr Steve Jobs wanted, a sleek, sexy and with a slight entertainment device that the public that turn to to pass time. While is cool and the hottest devices in the planet - nothing compares to the entertainment a true gamer gets while playing metal gear on there psp. Do I really want to play street fighter (my all time favorite game) on my idevice or do I want to really enjoy the smooth graphics and control padThe only knock I have on the ds/psp is that they are banking on old technology. While the idevices have made it easier to get games, nintendo and sony (like many have indicated here) should do similar moves to compete. The world is about evolution and hands down the idevices has revolutionize the way we GET games BUT not the way we PLAY games.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by stevelucky View Post
      Whoa, whoa, whoa.Costed. Costed?You've got to be joking. My 2nd grader wouldn't make make that mistake.
      make make?
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      Well app store games compared to the full Zelda games and Pokemon and super Mario are not on the app store. So I don't understand. Our app store games don't compare to them. How come Nintendo doesn't get on the ball and make a Mario game for iPhone. They'll find sales there
    1. Mlitz69's Avatar
      Mlitz69 -
      I wouldn't mind having classic Mario on iOS or n64 games
    1. Rokesomesmeefer's Avatar
      Rokesomesmeefer -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      The use of Steve Jobs photos like this just feels wrong anymore. Going forward, you really should start using photos of someone else to cover up bad reporting...
    1. shamus109's Avatar
      shamus109 -
      Lets not forget Nintendos upcoming Wii U system with better graphics and an iPad like controller bundled with the console. This is their make or break it system, if it flops then Nintendo will most likely go the way of Sega and become software only. Until then Nintendo will not go down without a fight.