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Nintendo plans e-reader functions for 3DS

Nintendo plans e-reader functions for 3DS

by Bradley DeLorenzoJune 21, 2010

Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata has revealed some of the company’s further plans for the upcoming 3DS handheld.

Speaking to the Nikkei, he mentioned that e-reader features may be included. “As you carry it with you while out and about, it will seek out and automatically connect with wireless LAN spots, and download information,” he said.

“We’re thinking about functionality where it will automatically acquire newspaper and magazine articles.” This would seem to be an extension of the current DS range’s burgeoning use as a wireless internet and marketing platform in Japan.

Despite these possible design decisions, Iwata is adamant that Apple’s iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad had not been inspirations. “I personally am a user of iPhones and iPods,” he told Venture Beat. “I think of what these mean to me as a competitor. But I never thought of them when we were designing the 3DS.

“If some people think that this might be the answer to the iPhone, then that should simply be the result. That is, it was not our goal to do that, but if people think that, it is the result. We never try to think in terms of any competitive product or company.

“If you do that, you just focus on a certain narrow area. Rather, we should think much more broadly… If you say it is a solution against what Apple offers today, it is also a solution against all of the other competition.”

While Sony’s PSP range is currently the only other competitor in the handheld market, rumors abound that a new model might be in the works. Last week, Capcom boss and former Sony man Derek Reeves told that the PlayStation manufacturer must release a new handheld soon if it wants to compete with the 3DS.


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  • Yousuke Fullbuster Uzumaki
    June 21, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    Doesnt sound that compelling of an e reading device (screens are tiny) compared to e readers

    • DarkWish
      June 21, 2010 at 11:33 pm

      And yet people are excited about iBooks on iPhone and iPod Touch, so clearly you're not in touch with the general public.

      • Yousuke Fullbuster Uzumaki
        June 21, 2010 at 11:51 pm

        How many months has it taken for apple to release it on those two devices, which by the way have cross compatibility with each other and apple pcs?

        • DarkWish
          June 22, 2010 at 8:25 pm

          What's your point? Are you saying because Apple took forever to do it, so will Nintendo? Nintendo has 3D before Apple, so I don't see what your point is.

          • Yousuke Fullbuster Uzumaki
            June 22, 2010 at 8:30 pm

            Going back to my very first comment, to me it isnt that compelling of an e-reader device because its a small screen as compared to other e-readers. We have devices with 6+ inches screens that have been selling for months – years as leaders in the e-reader markets. It is of my opinion and in my usage that larger screens are better for reading.

            I really do not know what you are contesting of my own personal believe, lol

          • DarkWish
            June 22, 2010 at 8:37 pm

            You were essentially implying that it wouldn't work well because of the smaller screens. You can think whatever you want, but there are people excited for iBooks on the iPhone and iPod Touch. I'm simply telling you that the feature will surely be used often if it's included. Maybe not as much as other devices, but definitely used. So I'm not contesting your opinion, I'm contesting the fact that you think it won't be good cause the smaller screens.

          • Yousuke Fullbuster Uzumaki
            June 22, 2010 at 8:40 pm

            I just said it wasnt compelling, lol. I dont have the ebook reader apps on my iPod Touch for nothing, lol, I mean they can both sync to a PC and what not. If Nintendo can at least implement that function then people might decide to abandon there E-book readers they already have and solely use the 3DS. Or at least they should try to make them all compatible so people can read books theyve already purchased.

            People like the luxury of syncing and being able to read on multiple display sizes, hence why just about every e-reader device and store has and is in the process of adding that functionaility.

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