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Nintendo rumored encouraging iOS to Wii U ports, e-reading

updated 10:20 am EST, Tue January 3, 2012

Nintendo Wii U may lure iOS devs and e-books

Quickly coming on the heels of talk of a full Wii U app store is a rumor late Monday of Nintendo actively courting iOS developers. The gaming giant was said by a developer talking to Forget the Box to be offering "assistance" porting apps for Apple's platform to the Wii U. The titles would by necessity played on the controller's 6.2-inch touchscreen.

The Japanese firm may also be dipping into e-reading on its mobile devices for the first time, the source said. It would make e-reading catalog with books, comics, magazines, and other periodicals. The aim would be to let owners read even when the TV is occupied, since the ultra-wideband wireless controller would let users treat the Wii U controller as a tablet while within range.

To stand out, Nintendo would bring some of its own content into the fray. Every issue of Nintendo Power ever released would be available, as well as its Players Guides and manuals for Virtual Console games. Titles would be available on both the Wii U and the 3DS, presumably taking advantage of the 3DS' second screen for extra reading space.

None of the details are confirmed and remain rumor, but combined with talk of an app store point to Nintendo hoping to get away from its reputation solely as a child-oriented game system developer. Both Microsoft and Sony have made their systems media hubs with access to several or more music and video services and, in Microsoft's case, an revenue losses to Apple from those using their iPads and iPods both for gaming and for apps.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. Sukoshi

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Aug 2009

    +1

    Next Nintendo product: Wii U Them.

  1. beb

    Mac Elite

    Joined: Jan 2002

    +3

    Apple

    I don't get for the life of me why Apple doesn't just buy Nintendo flat out. They have the cash and then some. Nintendo seems to understand the home entertainment market better than Apple does. Nintendo could be a wholly owned subsidiary like Filemaker. Both companies could benefit from the sharing of engineering talent, patents and the like. -just a thought, don't want to start a flame war.

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