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Nintendo Says No Thank You To Building A Smartphone

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Combining a phone and a games machine! Everybody's doin' it, right? Not Nintendo.

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"Certainly we are adding more and more elements to fill out the experience and take away more and more time from competing devices," Nintendo of America boss Fils-Aime told Forbes. "But our handhelds will always lead with games."

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"3DS content will be dramatically unique to our platform, because I don't think a smartphone manufacturer will invest to put a 3-D parallax screen in their device and not have the content to bring it to life."

I don't know about that. How many years will it be before there's an iPhone with a screen like the 3DS'? One? Two at the most? And the iPhone 4 is powerful enough as it is, let alone how powerful the next models will be.

I'm not saying this as a prophet of doom, just...that's some fairly short-term thinking there by the Nintendo of America president when you consider the 3DS won't be updated anywhere near as regularly as a smartphone competitor.

Apple, Microsoft And Sony Are Making Game-Ready Smartphones - Will Nintendo? Not Likely, Nintendo President Says [forbes]

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Alex_Mexico
Alex_Mexico

The minute I saw the 3DS I predicted Apple will implement it on its iPhone, at the most, by the 6th model.

Supposing they'll keep launching remodels every year, if 2010 had iPhone 4 my prediction says that no later than the iPhone 6 (2012) will Apple implement a 3D glassess-less screen on its device.

Mark my words.