Iwata: IPhone Can't Be Appreciated Like Nintendo Products Can

For a long time, Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata has maintained a stance that the Nintendo DS and Apple's iPhone aren't competing. A stance he seems to have let slide for a day.

Speaking after Nintendo's recent fiscal year report briefing, Iwata sounds like the constant comparisons between the two devices have got to him, as he remarks:

I do not imagine that iPhone will dominate the Nintendo DS market at once. My impression as the person who has used iPhone is, it is very attractive but, frankly, I did not feel that it was designed to be appreciated by a wide variety of people like how Nintendo has been designing its products.

I don't know. I appreciate how the iPhone can make phone calls. My DS can't. Then again, I don't appreciate how there's still no decent Advance Wars clone on Apple's device.

Guess I'll have to keep appreciating both devices, then!

Financial Results Briefing Q&A [Nintendo]


Comments

    This morning on the train I saw this 12 year old kid with an iPhone and his friends all huddled around him to see a piece of the action. Rich kids.

    I believe the iPhone is wayy out of reach for most common folks though. Even more so in Australia than in America.

    First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they attack you, then you win...

    Welcome to stage 3 mr iwata...

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