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Will the DS2 be a Nintendo-phone?

Iwata and Miyamoto aren’t saying no

Product: Nintendo news | Manufacturer: Nintendo
 
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It’s not been an easy couple of weeks for Nintendo on its native shores. Hardware sales have been causing the company some perturbing chest pains and forcing it to pour a lot of resources into PR efforts to ensure we all know it’s business as usual in the Nintendo household.

President Satoru Iwata has been talking to the media a lot lately, mostly attempting (and failing) to publically ignore the iPhone and think up believable reasons for people to upgrade to a DSi, though he may have offered some small ray of hope that Nintendo’s dominance is ready to be reasserted.

Although he was being very careful not to draw attention away from the recently released DSi, Iwata insisted Nintendo would not release a console as a mobile phone; unless it could do so without the need for a monthly subscription.

Quite an encouraging choice of words, which game design guru Shigeru Miyamoto casually reinforced when he said: “I’m interested in [a system] when you’re walking in town with your DS, you can use various services.”

A system that sounds very much like current mobile and smartphone usage. Could this be Nintendo’s upper echelons thinking out loud about the possibilities the DS2 could offer? Or is something already on the R&D bench?

We’ll have to wait and see, but if the DS2 turns out as we dare to hope, it might be Apple stood in front of the media before long, insisting Nintendo is no threat whatsoever...
 

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Spanner Spencer 15 April 2009
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