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Will the iPhone Pummel the Nintendo DS?


Forbes has an interesting article up that claims that the DS needs to be fearful of the iPhone come June 9th. Brian Caulfield points out the features of the iPhone combine the motion sensitivity of the Wii with the touchscreen of the DS. While this may be true, I don’t see the iPhone becoming the dominant handheld gaming device as Caulfield purports.

First, Nintendo has already sold 73 million units since 2004 (that is an average of 18.25 million per year). They sell about 350,000 per week. The numbers have been pretty solid for the last two years.

Second, Mac gaming. Macs have historically been woefully inadequate for gaming (except for Oregon Trail, that game rocked!). This may all change with the iPhone, and I personally hope that it does. Apple does have some pretty good games for their current iPods, though. Those games are certainly not killer apps.

Let me put it this way, people buy a DS for the games. In order for Apple to be a player in this arena, people need to buy an iPhone or iPod Touch for the games, otherwise, it will not be worth it for developers to create games for this platform.

[Pic via iPhone/DS Band]

11 Responses to “Will the iPhone Pummel the Nintendo DS?”

  1. Chris Jones

    I agree with Forbes, that the iPhone/iPod Touch MIGHT threaten the DS. I have “research” that backs this up, based on a sample size of one, namely my 13 year old son. He tells me he wants an iPod Touch most of all, because he can have games (once they start becoming available) as well as his iPod, AND the Internet all in one device. You see, his middle school is a hot spot, and he loves games, he loves the iPod, and he loves Wikipedia.

  2. Wow. What an insightful article. “The DS is for games. The iphone is not. So people will buy the DS for games and the iphone for phone unless the iphone has better games.” I’d love to see you guys get a leg up on Ars/TUAW, but you’re going to need something a little more thought-provoking and a little less ridiculously obvious to do that.

    Please don’t waste people’s time with these goofy “will the iphone destroy the PS3/the automobile/television” articles. The iPhone’s chances of “pummeling” the DS are about the same as the chances of the DS pummeling the iPhone, or the electric drill making the hammer obsolete.

    To even have the ability to think, even for an iota of a second, that the iPhone could even begin to hurt the DS, is symptomatic of the hubris that Apple fans are infamous and despised for.

    (For the record, I’m a huge Apple fan, but I try to keep my feet on the ground and stay realistic about things.)

  3. Gaming on iPhone would make casual gaming even more casual, and its a “nice-to-have”. A phone lives in much more personal space, as a primary communication device with very personal information on it.

    I’m sure as hell not going to let my nephew fool around with my phone to play pacman.