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DSiWare to Become Nintendo's App Store?

Posted by Philip J Reed

Even if you've been living under a rock for the past year or so, you've heard about Apple's iPhone, and the great success they've had with their App Store service.

Providing everything from pocket organizers to virtual beer to the ability to play your iPhone like an ocarina, the App Store has given Apple a great deal of public attention...not to mention impressive revenue.

So it might not be surprising that Nintendo wants to emulate their business model. At the Nintendo Developer Conference (held this past week in London), the company appealed to third-party developers to focus their attentions on shorter "application" downloads for the DSi.

What does this mean for gamers? Well, obviously, we'll have to wait and see. We'd certainly hate to see non-game applications distracting developers from giving us fun, quality titles...but if the developers are providing unique, exciting games as well, then it's tough to begrudge them a few utility releases on the side.

Next week Nintendo president Satoru Iwata will speak at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, and it's strongly rumored that we'll get a little more information out of him during the talk.

We're a little bit nervous here at WWW, but we know that if anyone can find the best balance between entertainment and usefulness, it's Nintendo. Fingers crossed, ladies and gentlemen; DSiWare's future might be very curious indeed.

Source: Develop

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User Comments (35)

Wiiloveit

#1

Wiiloveit said:

How interesting - here's hoping that we don't get a load of rubbish like the App store though. And also, let's hope that Nintendo actually allow games to be released on a regular basis, rather than monthly like in Japan. The release date system is going to need flexibility for this to work.

CorbsAdmin

#2

Corbs said:

You watch, the next iteration of the DS will have a phone built in. I can smell it already. What's next, a toaster oven? :P

Omega

#3

Omega said:

I know absolutely nobody who has an IPhone. And I don't know anyone who is interested in the App Store. Honestly I'm surprised that Apple still exists.

CorbsAdmin

#4

Corbs said:

I love Apple. I won't touch any computer that's not a Macintosh. That being said, I haven't broken down and bought an iPhone yet, although I don't know a single person without one. :D

Honestly I'm surprised that Apple still exists.

iPod

Omega

#5

Omega said:

Hmm. I have just read on Wikipedia about the IPhone. Previously I have not heard much about it. Perhaps I have lived under a rock in the recent years (like Grunty in Banjo Tooie). :-) BTW: What is so exceptional with the IPod? Isn't it an ordinary MP3 Player, just like thousands of others? I think I lack the brand awareness.

Chunky_Droid

#6

Chunky_Droid said:

I wish I had a Mac to be honest, especially now that all Windows apps will work on it, there's no reason not to have one as far as I can see.

Personally, if the DSi get some really good apps running on the DSi, I'll be taking that baby everywhere I go.

@Omega: The difference is mainly iTunes (not that I use iTunes with my iPod personally) makes it far easier for non-computer literate people to be able to transfer the files from computer to iPod. Plus advertising, I've yet to see an advertisement for any of Creative's MP3 players (which in my eyes are better, but I got my iPod for free, which I can't argue with)

Chunky_Droid

#7

Chunky_Droid said:

Also, Phillip J Reed (aka, CHICKEN BRUTUS) which is a fantastic screen name by the way. You are doing a tremendous job of being a news (or even article) reporter here, you've been given the ball and you're running well with it my friend. I certainly appreciate what you're doing, and am seriously hoping you're getting a cut of Corbie's money :P

CorbsAdmin

#8

Corbs said:

I'll second that. Phillip has done a fantastic job with the news. And trust me, he's getting just as rich as the rest of us. :P

Blueberry

#9

Blueberry said:

The problem here is that anyone can get on with development for iPhone, whereas Nintendo has a difficult process of allowing developers to develop for the DS. You have to have an office building, and a development kit costs from 2 000$ up to 10 000$.

I think we won't see at all as many apps for the DSi because of this. The only good thing about it is that the overall quality will be higher. But personally I don't mind having "bad" stuff on DSi, I will just skip buying it.

Philip_J_ReedStaff

#10

Philip_J_Reed said:

@chunky_droid:
"You are doing a tremendous job of being a news (or even article) reporter here, you've been given the ball and you're running well with it my friend."

Thanks! It's always nice to hear encouraging words like that.

@Corbie:
"And trust me, he's getting just as rich as the rest of us."

Well said. :D

WiiGuy

#11

WiiGuy said:

is there a way to watch the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco online?

Bahamut_ZERO

#12

Bahamut_ZERO said:

Wait. Chicken is a MOD :O

I guess I have been living under a rock.......

Anyway, these better be useful like a calender or calculator or something. The last thing I want to do is spend $2 on a picture of a candle.

tkubas1

#13

tkubas1 said:

This sounds interesting, but once again"I dont care about the DSi because I probably will never get one" get a different DSi site.

Adam

#14

Adam said:

I don't see the DSiWare getting a lot of games, which in a sense is disappointing, but it at least means it's one more expense I can avoid. :)
They do seem to have a few ArtStyle and WarioWare games lined up though, so maybe not... but none of them seem particularly riveting. Neat, yes, but not good enough reason to get a DSi, probably.

Otty_Ott

#15

Otty_Ott said:

Hey, I am a hardcore DS and Wii gamer. And I have a PS3...

But...

I just got an iPod Touch a couple of weeks ago and the App Store is awesome. Yes, there is tons of junk on it, but there are also a lot of fun games. And they are CHEAP! Lots are free or only 99 cents. And a lot of those ultra cheap games are really good.... there are enough websites out there, and customer reviews on iTunes, to lead you to the good ones. It gives me great hopes for DSiWare... but also makes me not that eager anymore to upgrade to a DSi.... My DS Lite will do just fine for now since I have my iPod Touch to go with it...

PALgamer

#17

PALgamer said:

Don't developers need $3000 to be able to have DSi SDK, while for the App Store you just spend $100?

PS: What's with all these DSi stuff on the site lately?

CorbsAdmin

#18

Corbs said:

Wait. Chicken is a MOD

Phillip is our roving newshound. You have been under a rock. :D

PS: What's with all these DSi stuff on the site lately?

DSi is coming in two weeks. :P

PALgamer

#20

PALgamer said:

Oh ?_? lol
So is DSiWare and WiiWare merging together to this site?
Any surprises in two weeks time? :)

DazzaAdmin

#21

Dazza said:

@PALgamer - Yes there will be surprises. We're not going to keep mixing WiiWare and DSiWare for too much longer. Roll on April :-p

Stuffgamer1

#22

Stuffgamer1 said:

@Bahamut ZERO: Love it! That's why I come here; great Nintendo news, and hilarious users. :D

I look forward to DSiWare-World (or whatever they'll call it), and to seeing who the REAL Nintendo fans are! Hint: It's those who continue to use ALL THREE Nintendo download sites!

Wiiloveit

#25

Wiiloveit said:

Hmm... it's probably not going to be called DSiWareWorld.com or DSiWare-World.com, since neither of those domains appear to be registered yet, and I doubt you'd talk about an upcoming site without registering a domain yet.

CorbsAdmin

#28

Corbs said:

You just love torturing me, don't ya

It's a perk of the job. :P

@ Dazza - You just want to change your username to Sensei. Admit it! :P

Kid_A

#29

Kid_A said:

It seems logical to me. The DSi seems like a great system for "aps", but I do hope they have some original games there as well. I just preordered mine today, I hope it's worth it.

Philip_J_ReedStaff

#33

Philip_J_Reed said:

@Corbie:
"Phllip is a news hound, not a mod. "

What? I was promised I could ban people! The whole reason I took this job was to ban people...

Bahamut_ZERO

#34

Bahamut_ZERO said:

@Dazza: DOJO!!!!!!! HADUEKN!!!!!

........sorry, just had to.

@Corbie: You have several perks dont ya :P

@chunky_Droid: I dont care. im too lazy to be a mod anyway. Maybe I can get away with honorary mod (as in I can just say Im a mod, but I actually dont do anything) :P

Kirk

#35

Kirk said:

To be honest I think once it's all up and running the DSiWare Store will be superior to Apples service in terms of gaming and cool entertainment based applications.

It probably won't be as cool for the likes of music and stuff but I see the games being superior and if Nintendo allows us to download all the old handheld games then BOOM!

Technically they could actually let us download many of the VC games like NES, MS, Genesis, SNES, etc etc too since they would be perfectly compatible with the DS controls.

Now that would be cool!

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