There’s been a number of rumors that Apple will buy Palm (the hardware manufacturer, not the OS licensor owned by Japan’s Access). But, here’s a wild alternative idea: Apple should buy Nintendo instead…
Nintendo DS Lite (image from Nintendo.co.jp)
There’s been a number of articles and blog items pro and con about Apple buying Palm. You can click on the link above to read them. So, I won’t rehash them here. But, how about Nintendo? Why?
(OK, slightly tongue in cheek, but indulge me :-) Heck, take a look at the soon-to-be-released Nintendo DS Lite. It already looks like an Apple product. But, here are some other reasons:
- Nintendo is a market leader in their mobile gaming space just as Apple’s iPod is in the the mobile audio and, more recently, video market.
- Nintendo’s home-bound console is a distant trailer in total market share just as Mac desktops and notebooks are
- But…there is a lot of buzz about the upcoming Revolution game console just as there is for the MacBook Pro, iMac, and unannounced iBook and Mac mini notebooks/desktops.
- Nintendo has been getting a huge amount of buzz for the soon-to-be-available Nintendo DS Lite (that looks like an Apple product).
- Nintendo is said to be readying more features like kiosk temporary game demo downloads, voice chat, and (maybe) an email client for the DS
- Nintendo has cobbled together a huge free WiFi network in the US and Europe. that could be used for MacBook’s, iBooks, and a WiFi enabled iPod (if one emerges someday). Consider the possiblity of selling audio and video directly to the iPod via WiFi.
I think there is a lot more synergy in Apple working with Nintendo than Palm. And besides, what happens to Motorola if the Treo becomes the true iTunes phone?