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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...
10-29-2009, 01:25 PM #1
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."
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.
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.
10-29-2009, 01:30 PM #2
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..
10-29-2009, 01:30 PM #3
This is Apple first shot at gaming and they beat the sony loool.
10-29-2009, 01:34 PM #4
AppleBox 69 they will call it.
10-29-2009, 01:38 PM #5
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
10-29-2009, 01:42 PM #6
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?!
10-29-2009, 01:45 PM #7
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.
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10-29-2009, 02:02 PM #8
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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".
10-29-2009, 02:09 PM #9
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10-29-2009, 02:47 PM #12
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.
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10-29-2009, 03:13 PM #14
so why doesn't nintendo port some games over to the iphone ? Pokemon...Mario...would love some nintendo titles on the iphone
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10-29-2009, 03:37 PM #15
^Was wondering that myself! Would love to play Super Mario on my phone!
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10-29-2009, 03:37 PM #16
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10-29-2009, 04:56 PM #18
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.
10-29-2009, 05:02 PM #19
I play all sorts of Nintendo on my phone. I was reminiscing just the other day...
10-29-2009, 05:14 PM #20
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.