After reporting falling profits for first time since 2004, Nintendo today stated that they are preparing to battle with Apple for the future of gaming.
The Times reports that CEO Satoru Iwata has already told his company executives to shift focus away from Sony since they have already secured “victory” from them and to concentrate on Apple’s iPhone and iPad devices which were deemed the “enemy of the future”.
While analysts conclude that his statements may be a bit “premature”, there is enough cause for concern as the transition into family and consumer oriented gaming has shown strong promise from both hardware and software/game sales with the iPhone, iPod Touch, and Nintendo DS.
Apple has shown its interest in gaming by unveiling their new Game Center social network for iPhone OS 4 where users can "invite friends to play a game, start a multiplayer game through matchmaking, track their achievements, and compare their high scores on a leader board.”
Microsoft earlier this year also conveyed its strong interest in portable gaming with their inclusion of Xbox Live and XNA game development for Windows Phone 7.