NDS Nintendo considering 3G for DS

In what seems to be an effort to keep up with the iPhone's popularity, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has mentioned adding a 3G connection to the DS to bridge the hardware gap.

Nintendo have always maintained not to go down the route of mobile phone technology and their main intention is aimed towards an 'entertainment device'. Although an interesting concept, Nintendo's policy has always been cost over functionality - will Nintendo back out for a less expensive option, as they did with the DSi's camera functionality? Give us your thoughts!

Posted on 02-11-2009 by josh

Comments

  • Darn right, using it to play with friends would be a lot easier. But I am not the big fan of the "always on" part, those things drain tons of energy even when they are not being used.

    LeSomeGuy, 30-11--0001 at 00:00
  • I think it'd be an "can always be on" connection, like a regular cellphone. Devices need an off-switch, just think of airplanes and medical surroundings.

    Dennis, 30-11--0001 at 00:00
  • This post is interesting for a number of reasons. 1. If a DSi- then that means theres going to be another revision (rumors for next year but thats a "DS 2" apparently). 2. Who will be providing it? Or will it be based of your cellphone? If its off your cellphone (the hell am I calling it cellphone)- if its from your mobile then that means Nintendo is planning a mobile DS. 3. At the end of the day- whos going to wear the cost? So I'm thinking this is for the rumored DS2- the same DS2 which uses that Nvidia chip and the same rumored DS2 which is going to be shown or released next year- along with the "Wii2" if the ayalists are correct.

    Trent, 30-11--0001 at 00:00
  • Also another point noted about the less expensive option- they could use things such as GSM or GPRS- but its slow- and most people have already moved away from it and as well as that a spectrum that is been considered been sold off in America. No they will be going 3G because its cheaper and also people are already working on 4G devices.

    Trent, 30-11--0001 at 00:00

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