Apple to buy Nintendo?

“Online conspiracy theorists suggest that Apple is about to frag the gaming community with a revelation that could shake Microsoft to its core: Apple will buy Nintendo. What could be more quintessentially left-field Apple behaviour than buying out the US’s number three games console manufacturer? Between howling at the moon, these looneys point to the similar corporate philosophies of Apple and Nintendo (bull-headed determination in the face of defeat); the similar consumer perception of the companies (both have followings whose brand dedication verges on the religiously devout); the similar design styles (the Nintendo DS Lite practically looks like Jonathan Ive built it); and the complementary market spaces (Apple wants games, Nintendo wants style),” Crave at CNET writes. “But somewhere in the looney’s mind, is there a scintilla of logic? A tiny fragment of truth spluttering for breath in the soup of madness? Could Apple actually buy Nintendo, and more importantly, why would it want to?”

Crave writes, “Consider this: the Mac Mini currently retails for not much more than the forthcoming Sony PlayStation 3 will. The Mac Mini can play high-definition video, edit music and photographs, surf the Web, word process and edit video — things no console can currently do well, if at all. The Mini also runs Apple’s extremely robust OS X operating system. What if the Mini could also play Nintendo games? And not just play Nintendo games, but play Nintendo games specifically tailored to the strengths of the Mac Mini’s hardware? Would Apple have a viable console on its hands? And if so, could it penetrate the mainstream consumer market with Macintosh computers in a way that has constantly eluded it in the past?”

Full article with much more here.

MacDailyNews Take: You read 100+ Apple-related articles daily and you develop a strange subconscious sixth sense. Maybe that’s why we’re so interested in Nintendo’s Wii? Is Nintendo lately tingling our warped Apple geek sense for a bigger reason than your basic “Wii lust” or is it just something we ate?

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  1. I personally just don’t see it happening, it doesn’t seem to be an area that Jobs wants to get into, plus Apple isn’t a company that sells things at a loss like Sony and Microsoft do, just to garner market share…

  2. Personally I would just like to see mutual usage of things like bonjour to enable some sort of chat between networked apple and nintendo machines. A webkit based browser with which you can sync your bookmarks etc. In terms of the hardware, games etc becoming one and having some sort of hybrid machine I wouldn’t be interested. I would run them separately but make sure their stuff worked well together in a network capacity.

  3. Knowing the history of competition between Japanese and American companies, from autos in the 70s and 80s to Kodak and Fuji’s latest spat, and of course the console wars, I’m going to have to say this will never happen.

    However, my next console will probably be a Wii.

  4. Why would Nintendo even want to be bought out? They’ve been doing fine for decades. A partnership MAYBE (That’s a HUGE maybe. There’s no benefit to Nintendo besides some minor extra cash) between Nintendo and Apple with really old Nintendo games ported to the Mac but not Nintendo being bought out.

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