updated 09:40 am EST, Fri January 29, 2010
Nintendo's Iwata not worried about iPad yet
Nintendo chief Satoru Iwata on Friday downplayed the likelihood of the iPad affecting his company's game console business. The executive found "no surprises" in the Apple device and dismissed it as a "bigger iPod touch." He didn't comment on the possible impact of the platform regardless of size.
The talking down of the iPad comes just on the heels of Nintendo's late 2009 release of the DSi LL, which itself is just a larger version of the DSi. Unlike Apple's device, the larger screens aren't accompanied by a higher resolution, performance upgrade or new software features and are instead meant to help the poor-sighted play.
Iwata did acknowledge that Nintendo is working on new consoles but didn't give a hint as to the company's direction. Many rumors have the Japanese firm developing a cited Apple as a factor in DS/DSi sales as some of the would-be customers have instead opted for an iPhone or iPod touch. The immediate prices of the devices have been higher but have also been offset by significantly less expensive games, many of which cost $10 or less versus $30 to $40 for a typical DS game.