Apple could kill the DS

Fresh from

Ubisoft adding its name

to the list of developers creating games for Apple’s handheld devices, Forbes magazine has claimed that the iPod could ‘kill’ the success of the DS.

The magazine claims that the iPod’s combination of Nintendo’s two USPs – motion sensing and touch-screen technology – could leave the MP3 player as a more desirable format for consumers and developers alike.

The article points to Monday, when it believes Apple boss Steve Jobs ‘will likely launch a long-promised feature, dubbed the App Store, which will let outside developers pour software into the iPhone and iPod Touch’.

The article, which carries the headline ‘Why Apple Could Kill The Nintendo DS’ calls games on iPod ‘a pretty powerful combination’. It reads:

‘Apple is the first to master a pair of tricks that have made Nintendo’s latest products so compelling–a touch-screen interface and the ability to pick up on motion. The key difference: Unlike Nintendo, which has created a gaming console with a motion-sensitive controller and a touch-sensitive handheld gaming system, Apple has crammed both capabilities into its iPhone and iPod Touch…

‘The ability to pour fresh software into the iPhone, wirelessly, at the touch of a button already has game developers interested…

‘Sophisticated games such as Electronic Arts’ ambitious Spore are already slated to be released for the iPhone at the same time it goes on sale for PCs, Macs and the Nintendo DS…

‘Looks like the handheld gaming business, so long dominated by Nintendo, could be about to undergo a little evolution too.’

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