Korea Goes All-out to Copy Nintendo

Lee Myung-bak wants South Korea to have its own Nintendo, so state-sponsored engineers are getting busy working on it.

Just a month after the president's now infamous ''Nintendo comment'' in which he lamented to policymakers that Korean companies can't make products like the Japanese video games giant, the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) announced a partnership with a local electronics maker Monday for developing game machines and software.

GamePark Holdings is highly regarded by hard-core gamers for its handheld consoles such as ''GP32'' and ''GP2X,'' but doesn't have a prayer of competing with Nintendo DS and Sony PSP, which hold unbeatable edges in reputation and game titles.

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