Nintendo has been successful thus far at defeating its competition in hardware. It is one of the oldest companies involved in game hardware development and has a lot of experience under its belt. Nintendo has defeated notable foes such as Sega, Microsoft, and Sony. But there is one hardware manufacturer that’s doing extremely well in the gaming market and has carved out its own niche: Apple, of course. Thanks to cheap games, a huge selection, and great portability, Apple has managed to dominate the casual mobile gaming market. In fact the competition could be cited as the main reason why Nintendo lost just shy of half a billion dollars in 2011 – that’s a first in three decades.
According to BusinessWeek.com, Nintendo is launching a new console this year, the Wii U. There’s some obvious inspiration from the iPhone – one of the controllers is a large touchscreen with small joysticks by the side. This will feed information to the players while they play the game on their TVs and if needed, can be used independently.
Apple has also done this in their latest software update; with AirPlay Mirroring, players can use the touchscreen as a controller for a game they’re playing on a TV. This might make the iOS platform be taken more seriously by developers and they may even develop proper games, not just 99 cent mini-games. That’s even more likely, given that this update is free, whereas the Wii U will cost at least $250, and probably much more.