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Apple looking to compete with Nintendo?

updated 12:30 pm EDT, Mon August 13, 2007

Apple, Nintendo conflict?

Apple and console maker Nintendo may be on an unintentional collision course, according to a new media report. The latter is attempting to patent a tilt sensitivity sensor for its DS handheld, which would give the device control similar to the stationary Wii; this technology is said to be similar, however, to the accelerometer in the iPhone, which is used to sense when the view should be rotated between portrait and widescreen ratios. Apple has yet to make any comments regarding Nintendo's initiatives.

Critically, Apple is said to have much larger gaming plans that could affect both the Wii and the DS. A "major game developer" (possibly id Software) is reported to have been given iPhone technology a long time ago, and Apple may be making a gaming announcement by or before January's Macworld's event. If the iPhone is properly developed, says technology expert Seth Porges, it may represent legitimate competition for some of Nintendo's casual DS games, such as Brain Age. An unofficial emulator already loads NES games on the iPhone, and there are hooks for games written into the hardware's code.

It is also noted that the Apple TV, despite being a stripped-down set-top box for broadcasting music and video, actually has unused architecture dedicated exclusively to gaming. If exploited, this could steal sales from the Wii where buyers are less concerned about getting "serious" games such as Super Mario Galaxy or Metroid Prime 3.



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  1. testudo

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    Well...

    First, if id Software did have the iPhone hardware before, what was Carmack doing telling Apple to open it up?

    Second, if you're not into 'serious' games (whatever the h*** that means), why would you be spending any amount of money on a gaming console, let alone the $249+ for any of these systems.

    Of course, the biggest issue is controllers. What would one use with the apple TV? Something as wonderfully limiting and too small as the apple remote? h***, the Atari 2600 controller had more options...

  1. wingdo

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    well ......

    >>Of course, the biggest issue is controllers. What would one use with the apple TV? Probably something you'd plug into the USB port on the Apple TV.

  1. ZinkDifferent

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    testudo...

    ...as usual, useless...

    > Of course, the biggest issue is controllers. > What would one use with the apple TV?

    Oh, I don't know --- probably a game controller?

    Testudo just provind, nay, illustrating, what an idiot he truly is.

  1. Tim_s

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    bad article title

    Not to be too picky, but once again MACNN writes a misleading title. It should read "Apple looking to compete AGAINST Nintendo?" Competing with would mean that they're working together. Which is something, I think, could be an advantage for both of them.

  1. growlf

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    By or Before?

    "Apple may be making a gaming announcement by or before January's Macworld's event"

    Which is it? If the announcement comes BY MacWorld, that would be great. But if it comes BEFORE Macworld... whew... I'll be TICKED OFF.

  1. Peter Bonte

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    games

    >Second, if you're not into 'serious' games (whatever the h*** that means), why would you be spending any amount of money on a gaming console, let alone the $249+ for any of these systems.<

    The $5 games would make the Apple TV (and iPod/iPhone) dirt cheap.

  1. dampeoples

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    Dear bryanjbusch

    You are correct, that is precisely why they placed it on the Electronista site. Have a great day.

  1. testudo

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    Re: testudo

    testudo... ...as usual, useless... > Of course, the biggest issue is controllers. > What would one use with the apple TV?

    Oh, I don't know --- probably a game controller?

    Testudo just provind, nay, illustrating, what an idiot he truly is.


    Oh, how ordinary, another MacNN'er playing the 'name' game and calling someone an idiot or naught.

    And how stupid must one be to not understand the point. The point isn't "uh...what would they use...I can't imagine" but "Apple is Apple, they're not going to just hook up a huge USB game controller to one of their pristine and glorious boxes. It would ruin its look. And they certainly wouldn't do a 'normal' game controller, just like they don't do anything 'normal', not with their mice, their computers, their music players, their remote controls, nor their phones. So, the question then becomes "WHAT WILL THEY DO???" A complicated, multi-button game controller? I don't see it. Perhaps a bluetooth version, touch screen, etc.

    But, hey, apparently that type of thinking is too much for you. Just go back to your juvenile name calling.

  1. testudo

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    Re: games

    >Second, if you're not into 'serious' games (whatever the h*** that means), why would you be spending any amount of money on a gaming console, let alone the $249+ for any of these systems.<

    The $5 games would make the Apple TV (and iPod/iPhone) dirt cheap.


    Which was my point. Its hard to call the AppleTV a competitor of the Wii if Apple's market doesn't even intersect the Wii's.

  1. gitcypher

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    market intersection

    Apple may be getting into Wii territory with these 'casual' games. Nintendo has already made this available. You can purchase games from any older system through Nintendo's online marketplace (accessible via th Wii's Opera browser). Future plans for Nintendo are to have every game ever made for any of their systems available for download. In conjunction with the article, that means the "Super Mario" series.

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