Oh how the mighty have fallen! Well, not really, but at least Nintendo is finally recognizing Apple’s unique mobile platform as “the competition,” going as far as blaming some of their slowing sales on the ever increasing pressure from the iPhone.
Nintendo has been able to weather the economic downturn better than any other gaming console manufacturer out there thanks to the strong sales of the Wii and DS. But just yesterday, Nintendo warned that they won’t be able to keep up their amazing sales numbers thanks to slowing Wii sales and increased competition from Apple’s iPhone. That’s not the only bad news for the gaming giant, however, as one The Secret of Monkey Island developer has stated that the iPhone is actually more powerful than the Wii. Way to kick them while they are down guys.
“Frame rate issues will probably get sorted out eventually, but keep in mind that the Wii is just not a powerful console. An iPhone is much more powerful than a Wii, even.”
So what does this mean for Apple? Well, let’s just call it another feather in their cap. Even though Nintendo has recognized Apple as the competition, and apparently so have some developers, many people still feel that the iPhone is merely just a phone with the ability to play games and not a true gaming machine. It’s obvious that Nintendo isn’t going anywhere, they are still the king of mobile gaming, but this is the very first time that Nintendo has actually recognized the iPhone as competition, and the best part is they didn’t even mention their actual direct competitor, Sony’s PSP, so we will take what we can get.
Have any of you replaced your Wii, DS, or DSi with an Apple gaming device recently?