While Nintendo has always maintained that it doesn't want to compete with mobile phone manufacturers, the company has revealed that it is considering the notion of adding some form of online data connection to its DS console.
Chatting to the Financial Times, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata mentioned that he was attracted by the idea of bringing some form of "always on" connection to the device - a similar concept to Amazon's Kindle book reader.
However, the firm won't be looking to follow Apple's lead with charging users to use this functionality, and Iwata spoke of the difficulty of adopting a contract-based format:
Only people who can pay thousands of yen a month [in mobile phone subscriptions] can be iPhone customers. That doesn't fit Nintendo customers because we make amusement products. In reality, if we did this it would increase the cost of the hardware, and customers would complain about Nintendo putting prices up, but it is one option for the future.
Adding such a feature to the DS without charging owners for its use is going to be difficult, but if it's done correctly then it could end up expanding the console's user base still further - especially if Nintendo can encroach on the Kindle's territory.