Nintendo: no interest in phones

Nintendo: no interest in phonesWe're still recovering from the iPad 2's launch on March 25, but of course Apple's wonder-tab wasn't the only high-profile gadget that launched two Fridays ago.

Nintendo's 3DS also broke cover on the same day, and with the console proving a huge success and Nintendo clearly expert at making popular handheld gadgets, could it make the switch into phone territory? Don't bet on it.

Speaking to CNN, Nintendo US president Reggie Fils-Aime ruled out any chance of a Nintendo joining its gaming rivals Sony and Microsoft in releasing a phone: “We don’t see that as an opportunity. Phones are utilities. Phones are not by definition entertainment devices.”

Sony Ericsson might feel otherwise, of course, having just released the Xperia Play, but Fils-Aime is adamant. “From Nintendo’s perspective, we don’t see that we have a competitive advantage in telephony.

“We believe that we will earn our way into someone’s pocket without having to offer that (phone capability) as an additional factor,” he added.

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JanSt / MOD  Apr. 3, 2011 at 20:45

And why should they? No one asks Pentax why they don't build a phone into their cameras. Yet cam phones are so popular.
And hey, Apple don't seem all that "interested in phones" either LOL The phone bit is not exactly the highlight in an iPhone, is it ;)

MashedPotatoes  Apr. 3, 2011 at 23:03

What would be the point of calling it a game system if it has a phone in it? They don't need a phone.


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