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Nintendo keeping an eye on Apple

by William Schwartz

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Rumors have been circulating about the possibility of Nintendo’s new 3DS portable device stealing the show at E3 2010.  Think about it.  A portable device more powerful than the Wii which does 3D without glasses.  Sounds like pretty good stuff no matter how you slice it.  Capcom CEO Haruhiro Tsujimoto spoke about the 3DS earlier and what he thinks Nintendo might be learning from Apple and their ever increasing share of the handheld gaming market.

Stereoscopic 3D technology “allows us to do things that couldn’t be done until now, so the development staff is showing great interest,” said Tsujimoto in an interview with Japanese-language business publication Nikkei as translated by Andriasang.

“But what’s important is how much the users themselves want 3D content,” he added.
For Tsujimoto, and for Capcom at the corporate level, the 3D opportunities take a backseat to the potential for new business opportunities, he said — particularly now that Apple has revolutionized the software market for handheld devices with its digital-only App Store.

“What we’re more looking forward to is the offering of a new business model,” the CEO said. “Nintendo has been in the hardware business for a long time, and I believe they must be looking closely at Apple’s recent success.”
He said Capcom and other game publishers are looking forward to what Nintendo unveils about the 3DS during next week’s E3 Expo in Los Angeles.

-Gamasutra via Industry Gamers

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