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.