iPhone

How I’d love to see Nintendo exploit iOS

Nintendo faithful, please don’t take offense at what I’m about to say. I’m not suggesting for one moment that Nintendo get out of the hardware business or port its most famous characters to iOS. I’m a card-carrying 3DS fanatic, and I’ll be first in line for Wii U. But I also own an iPhone, and, here’s what drives me crazy:  thinking about the bazillion casual ph...

Another DS classic hits iPhone while 3DS eShop gets a great original. Everybody wins!

The last time a critically-acclaimed DS game (Scribblenauts) jumped to iPhone, it was a kick in the gut for Nintendo fans, because the 3DS library wasn’t exactly stellar at the time. This time around, things are rosier. Not only is 3DS picking up steam with terrific cartridge games, but the fledgling eShop has been delivering gem after gem in recent weeks. Today, the well-reviewed and great-...

If you had 24 hours to call the shots at Nintendo, what would you do?

Imagine: suddenly you’re in charge at Nintendo. You’ve got just 24 hours to order any course of action, and the deal is, once you’ve ordered it, the company will do its best to carry out your wishes for the next year, no matter the cost or consequences. Here’s what I’d do, right now:

One of DS’s most beloved franchises just hit iPhone. Can Nintendo recapture the casual gaming market? Should they even try?

Scribblenauts Remix, a “best of” blend of DS’s two well-reviewed Scribblenauts releases (plus some new levels), just hit the App Store for $4.99. And it’s awesome–one of the strongest titles in the iOS library. This is no lazy port of the DS series, but a full-featured entry in the Scribblenauts line, looking sharper than ever and playing brilliantly. So, why bring this up? Because t...

Look who’s making an unauthorized appearance on iPhone!

There’s an interesting free app available for iPhone called i3D. An experiment in face-tracking via the front camera, it shifts the perspective of several demo objects as if you were looking at three dimensional scenes. It’s interesting and fun, but (and even the app’s creator admits this) it still looks flat. The effect doesn’t come close to the what the 3Ds achieves, but ...

You can control 3DS music player with iPhone earbuds

Nintendo 3DS Blog discovered (via YouTube) that you can use iPhone earbuds to pause or skip tracks on the 3DS music player. Kind of a neat feature that hasn’t been touted by Nintendo. Just another reason, like SpotPass, StreetPass, and the pedometer, to get you to take your 3DS everywhere you go. I know it isn’t a really big deal, but is anyone else surprised we haven’t heard abo...

3DS vs. iPhone: Nintendo’s best weapon is a matter of character(s)

iPhones and similar devices are like electronic Swiss Army knives: They can transform themselves into an amazing variety of tools. They can replace clocks, music players, televisions, radios, carpentry levels and cameras. What they can’t replace—so far—is a great portable game player. iPhone excels at puzzle games, word games and novelties. There are a handful of passable RPGs and strategy g...

iPhone app uses Wii as a sleep aid

As further evidence of Wii’s penetration into mainstream culture, its soothing warble has become one of the most downloaded sound effects on a popular iPhone noise generator. Among the fireplaces, rainstorms and white noise loops on a paid app called Ambience, you’ll find the Wii waiting to cart you off to dreamland. The app’s sound effects can be mixed together, so you can trans...

Survey: Smart phones “fast outstripping” stagnate gaming handhelds

Interpret, a leading entertainment, media and technology market research firm, today released its Interpretations report, The Phone Gaming Revolution: Do the DS and PSP Stand a Chance?, which found the number of consumers playing games on their phones increased dramatically, while gamers appear to be abandoning their DS and PSP devices. Interpret’s New Media Measureâ„¢ data shows 43.8% of th...

Would you believe it? A cellphone game is being ported to consoles

Console games have been ported to cellphones for nearly a decade. Heavily stripped down, and nary a likeness, but still ported. The reverse, on the other hand—cellphone games being ported to consoles, that is—rarely, if ever happens. Until now. iPhone Hit Angry Birds Coming to Consoles, read the latest headlines. In no way am I trying to undermine Angry Birds. It’s a fun little game. I&#...

AAA Pokedex is an Awesome Reference on the iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad

For those of you Pokemaniacs out there who are constantly searching for a good reference on evolution, stats, moves, breeding, and more, I highly recommend AAA Pokedex for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. It’ll run you a couple of bucks, but its well worth it. The developer is also constantly updating it with new features.

Apple Beat Nintendo to a Unified Gaming Network…For Shame

Alright, I know this isn’t an Apple blog, but today’s iPhone OS 4.0 announcement brought us word that Apple is working on a unified social gaming network. That’s right, Apple beat Nintendo to it, leaving Nintendo the only major competitor in the market that doesn’t have one. PS3 & PSP: Playstation Network X-Box 360: X-Box Live iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch: Game Center PC: Ste...