In response to Forbes‘ recent (and profoundly stupid) article “Why Apple could kill the Nintendo DS”, CNET’s Don Reisinger savagely retorts:
So far, Nintendo has sold just over 73 million Nintendo DSs. Compare that to the iPhone’s lofty goal of 10 million units sold and the iPod touch’s sales, which have yet to be released, and you can see how much work Apple has to do just to catch up. In fact, last quarter, Apple sold about 1.7 million iPhones and 10 million iPods, although the exact number of iPod touch sales were not given. Considering Nintendo’s April DS sales were 414,800, I just don’t see how Apple has a chance.
The DS is currently on pace to not only destroy the Game Boy sales record, but it has the opportunity to do so in about ten years assuming the same rate of sale can be maintained. Can Apple truly produce that many products and then convert those users into gamers?
No, they can’t. By any logic, the Nintendo DS simply isn’t going to be budged in the near future from its position as number one portable. Of course, that’s not to say the iPhone won’t do some sorts of games wonderfully: it certainly will. That’s not even to say that iPhone gaming won’t be a smashing success. But gaming will always be tangential to the iPhone’s success and any claims that Apple could “destroy” the DS in sales (whether software or hardware) is fanboy jaybone toking… all the more surprising when it comes from Forbes.
Previously • Is the iPhone the Next Wii?