Has Brian Caulfield of Forbes totally lost it? In a piece entitled, "Why Apple could kill the Nintendo DS", Caulfield contends that Apple's new App store for the iPhone and iPod touch could be the first step in replacing Nintendo in the handheld gaming space.
"Monday...Nintendo will likely face a new and far more dangerous foe: Apple," Caulfield wrote. "Steve Jobs' computer and gizmo maker will likely launch a long-promised feature, dubbed the App Store, which will let outside developers pour software into the iPhone and iPod Touch. And while it's unlikely that, say, a mobile version of Oracle's wonky database will make anyone stand up and cheer, we already know putting games on the iPhone is a pretty powerful combination."
We do? Ostensibly Caulfield is alluding to games that we saw at the iPhone SDK event earlier this year where Sega unveiled Super Monkey Ball for the iPhone and EA showed off Spore, but I don't know where else he sees this "powerful combination."
And if he knew anything about the handheld gaming market, he would probably know that Nintendo's past is littered with the remains of companies that have tried to supplant it as the leader in the market and failed -- miserably.
But to suggest that Apple could conceivably command the market and wrest control from the one company that has controlled it for over 20 years, is both foolhardy and downright ludicrous.
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