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Why Nintendo could win the touch generation

Pocket Gamer's Kristan Reed writes: "Ever since the Nintendo DS emerged to general bewilderment in late 2004, it was only a matter of time before the gap was bridged between the touchscreen and the TV. The only surprise is that it has taken this long to become a reality. As usual, you write Nintendo off at your peril, but yet again people were lining up at E3 to stick the boot in. When will they ever learn?"

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mongaflair1441d ago SpamShow
GribbleGrunger1440d ago

'could win the touch generation'?

sure, if you ignore Vita, phones, pads and the plethora of other devices that have been using touch for years

PopRocks3591440d ago

All of which the 3DS is currently outselling? In which case, it's not unreasonable to ignore them.

bothebo1439d ago

Umm, it can't even touch the iPhone. The iPhone sold 32.5 million units in Q2. Hate to burst your bubble there.

PopRocks3591439d ago

@bothebo

Currently the 3DS is the fastest selling handheld gaming device. I'm not counting Apple products because they're not dedicated gaming devices, particularly its cell phone products.

Never thought I'd see the day where a self-respecting gamer would use an iPhone as the means to argue against a point regarding Nintendo's success. Small world.

http://www.vg247.com/2012/0...

_Aarix_1439d ago

Like it or not, iOS devices are gaming platforms just as much as a ds is. Touch screens are a preference and doesn't factor in its role as a gaming device. The app store has more games than you will ever play excelling in both quantity and quality. Developers like rockstar, square Enix, capcom, epic games, ea and game loft support the platform with open arms. Play games like galaxy on fire, chaos rings, real racing, dark meadow, nova 3, max Payne and dozens of other games, it's an amazing experience. Instead of being a closed minded ass, I embraced them and now I hardly pay attention to the controls when gaming on it.

PopRocks3591439d ago (Edited 1439d ago )

@_Aarix_

No, they're multimedia devices that happen to have video games on them; there's a difference between that and a dedicated gaming device.

It's ridiculous to list an iPhone and a Playstation Vita/3DS in the same category since the former is a phone with a ton of features while the other two are primarily designed for dedicated video gaming.

3rd party support doesn't change anything. I don't care who makes games for iOS devices. Netflix is supported on Wii; does that make it a movie streaming device? No, it's a video game console that has a movie streaming feature.

And no thanks; I don't want to play any of those games. I don't like isolated touch controls. I like buttons and I like playing games on handhelds on consoles where playing games come before anything else.

If you've read this far, I truly hope you're able to respect an honest difference of opinion. I hate iOS gaming, period. I don't consider it on the same level of depth, convenience and practicality as actual dedicated gaming devices because an iPhone is what it is; a phone that plays games, not a gaming handheld with a phone feature.

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linkratos1440d ago

You realize that DS was using touchscreens for years also right?

I believe those sold pretty well...

mike1up1440d ago

Aren't people already ignoring the Vita?

Salamander1440d ago

I dont think they can directly compete withh Apple, but in gaming, they could.

greenpowerz1440d ago (Edited 1440d ago )

If they can come with a plan and tech that can bridge the gap between all digital devices in the home then they have a fair shot. I fear wantever they come up with will be restricted and too nintendo centric(not open enough. Limited by software and hardware plus vision)

I'm not sure what they mean by "touch generation". Seems touch simply augments the "connected generation" a single minded game company can't win in the so called touch generation when nintendo has a isolated technology approach.

tehpees31440d ago (Edited 1440d ago )

Wii U will beat Microsoft's smart glass. MS say "oh yeah well smart glass can hook up to all these gadgets" but thats not the point of Wii U. If you think smart glass will be more relevant than Wii U I have two words for you. Buttons and Mario.

People won't buy Wii U for the sake of making it compatible with televisions and phones. They will buy it for Mario and Zelda. And the buttons are a requirement.

I have a bad feeling about Microsoft's new direction. They seem to be trying to rid controllers of buttons but you need them.

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