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Old 02-28-2010, 10:36 AM   #1
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Nintendo Enters the E-Book Market

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"Nintendo announced that its latest gadget, the DSi XL, will be useful for more than just chasing around in a Mario Kart. Youíll also be able to read books on it.

Bloomberg reports that the first DSi XL e-book offering will be a cartridge containing 100 public domain books, including classics such as Twain and Shakespeare. This means Nintendo is opting for its traditional, cartridge-oriented approach versus launching an online bookstore.

The $190 device, which is basically a blown-up version of its predecessor, DSi, features two 4.2-inch screens, folds like a book, and is about the size of a paperback. All of which could make it an attractive platform for reading (though itís not the only e-reading device to feature two screens).

Nintendo has sold roughly 130 million DS consoles so far (including DSi and DS Lite), and the global popularity of the DS platform might make Nintendo a serious e-book competitor. But Cammie Dunaway, the executive vice president of sales for North America told Bloomberg thatís not the immediate goal. ďItís just one more way to enjoy your device.Ē

The DSi XL, which has been available in Japan for months now, will launch in the U.S. on March 28.

Wiredís Chris Kohler reviewed the Nintendo DSi XL recently and concluded itís not just about it being bigger: ďThe larger screen isnít just some frivolous purchase ó itís completely awesome.Ē

Nintendoís move most likely doesnít represent an aggressive move into the e-book market. Rather, it shows the company is trying to make its gadgets more useful in new ways before a tidal wave of tablets and smartphones chips away at the audience for mobile games."


Hey, there are people who play videogames and read books. :P
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Old 02-28-2010, 10:46 AM   #2
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Old 02-28-2010, 02:38 PM   #3
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I understand... Actually, I don't. Who thought of this? What's the point of making the DS console BIGGER? 'To make it like a paperback novel' is not an appropriate answer!
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I understand... Actually, I don't. Who thought of this? What's the point of making the DS console BIGGER? 'To make it like a paperback novel' is not an appropriate answer!
The moar DSi's the moar money.
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Hmm a Nintendo DS with a bigger screen and you can read books on it.. to bad for nintendo that i h8 books :\ and the i think it's not worth it to buy a DS with just a little bigger screen >< i'm still using the first model off the Nintendo DS ^^ they maybe better stop updating the DS
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