iPad “Will Destroy Nintendo”

A video game is displayed on Apple's  "iPad" after its launch event in San Francisco

A Final Fantasy writer has boldly proclaimed that the release of Apple’s iPad heralds the end of Nintendo’s dominance of portable gaming, whilst even Square Enix’s CEO seems to have experienced some sort of iPad imparted epiphany…

Game developer/writer Masato Kato, heavily involved with such esteemed titles as Chrono Trigger, Xenogears and Final Fantasy VII/XI, tweets that the iPad heralds the destruction of Nintendo and the DS:

With the release of the iPad, the age of Nintendo has really come to an end, hasn’t it? Though they’ve been digging their own grave with the DS and Wii for some time.

That there are as yet no games of note on the platform does not seem to bother him; nor does the Apple leadership’s well established contempt for gaming and general failure to acheive success in the gaming market seem to weight on his mind.

Apple products seem to have a particularly acute effect on Japanese gadget fans, perhaps a result of their design appealing to commonly held Japanese sensibilities – possibly this factors in to his evident excitement.

Meanwhile, Square Enix CEO Wada has been playing with his newly acquired iPad and reports that he too is greatly enthused by the device:

I’ve been using it since this morning. Damn…


It has a lot of business functionality, but what really gets me are the possibilities. I was hooked in an instant. This is a platform. I think a lot of good things will come from this.

Fortunately, he seems not yet to have tried visiting many of his company’s game sites with the device.

Of course, that his company has just released two iPad apps would have nothing to do with his new found enthusiasm for the device – it is sheer coincidence that the two events came within days of each other.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    00:37 01/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You could do that on the PSP, or in any god-damned high-end cellphone that would not cost as much as $1300.

    if there is anything "awesome" about the ipad, its the price...

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    Comment by Anonymous
    01:03 01/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ta da! And since Pokémon is going to remain Nintendo, the iPad will not dethrone a 120 year company just like that. Not to say that Pokémon is bad though, even that goes to a more subjective area. And speaking on it, Black and White sure are bringing some nice improvements.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:30 01/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


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    Comment by CC
    00:30 01/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They're not really intended as portable devices either, you're supposed to hang on the bank with them.

    Overpriced digital manga reader, yes. Portable gaming device, no.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:09 01/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Too bad only faggots use Apple products.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:23 01/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    @Anon 00:09 01/06/2010 :

    Am I then a "decuple-faggot" because I have computers and consoles from ten different companies?

    Apple iMac, iPod, G3-based laptop
    Sony PS/2, PS/3, PSP
    Nintendo GameCube, DS
    Microsoft Xbox (original)
    Sega Dreamcast
    Commodore 64
    NEC 8201 laptop (80C85 CPU)
    Palmpilot PDA (Motorola 68xxx-series CPU)
    HP PDA (ARM-based CPU)
    Multiple x86-based PCs and laptops


    I wouldn't buy an iPhone/iPad/iCrap.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:00 01/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I was going to scoff at this but Masato Kato is so awesome that I can't bring myself to do it. :(

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:04 01/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ok lets wrap it up ... ok guys i know youre pissed about apple beating nintendo.


    Apple has its strong points with a solid OS and jobs is just trying to expand its market. The ipad is big it doesnt make sense, hes just spending some change from the ihpone, ipod etc...

    Nintendo ruled and will rule not by high tec hardware but because its accessible and has sistem gimmick that captures audience, good marketing. We(wii xD) outsold during months and the ds on the top for ages. The go didnt have a chance.

    Square enix was brided but in the end i still want ff6 in 3d xD on my new ds

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    Comment by RunnerRed
    04:59 01/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    the Go was doomed from the start: you can't properly play Monster Hunter on that junk.it's like sony threw away all the the goods ergonomics from 3 generations of consoles.

    same problem with ipad, x9001 : NO buttons.

    gamepad emulation being generally a mess, size of the device possibly requiring "first-xbox-controller-sized" hands to play with both thumbs, soap-like grip.... don't expect to have games that need sophisticated controls,

    "i-stuff is for fags, one-handed gameplay is for fap"

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:37 01/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nintendo's been alive for over a century since 1889. Clearly they know a thing or two about successful games. WAY longer than Apple. Nintendo won't be overthrown so easily.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:57 01/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nintendo shouldn't worry about the iPad. Apple didn't create the iPad to be a game console, but an internet device. For me, who is an avid gamer, I would rather play my games on the PSP and DSi any day. Both of them are much, much more portable. Just like others before me have said, "They're just sucked into the hype of something shiny, and new". If Nintendo pulls something nice and new out of their hat, this comment made by Square Enix is history.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:26 01/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, Nintendo keeps digging their own grave by having the best-selling portable and best-selling console. Damn their shoddy business strategy!

    Regarding the iPad, it'll never fly as a platform. It's got no cross-compatability for ports, which means that you're looking at developing for an install base in the hundreds of thousands (for the iPad) or tens of millions (for the DS). It's a no-brainer that companies will develop for the DS.

    Especially when you realize that there's not too much cross-bleed between Gamers and iPad users. Someone who has a console probably has a portable system, but the same doesn't hold true for an iPad. People don't buy an iPad for games made by Square, Capcom, etc... Which means that the market for selling the iPad products to shrinks even more.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:39 01/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's big talk coming from people whose games are pretty much done for. Final Fantasy XIII was such a flop I am surprised that they have the gall to say such things about Nintendo. All Squeenix has now are the Kingdom Hearts fangirls...

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    Comment by RunnerRed
    05:27 01/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    addendum : i don't see much point in capacitative screens and how it could threaten the least traditionnal gaming consoles, but my puny last phrase made me think of something : an eroge were you can use the whole hand, maybe both, on the "vast" surface of ipad :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:56 01/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Many have claimed that they would destroy Nintendo's reign over the land of handhelds.


    Comment by Anonymous
    21:23 31/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    HAHAHAHA Masato Kato!

    First of all Masato, Ipad belongs to different market of electronics. DS is a handheld gaming system while Ipad has essentially marketed as a fancy compact laptop where gaming is just a minor aspect.

    Second of all declaring the Ipad will "crush" the DS will mean it will have to also compete with the PSP. While not as high-selling as the DS, it is a solid system on its own meaning the IPAD will essentially have to deal with TWO well established handheld systems. That is not as easy as it sounds.

    Third of all did you just forget that the Nintendo DS holds the latest title of Dragon Quest, one of your own companies biggest cash cows aside from Final Fantasy? Did you also forget that Dragon Quest IX is the HIGHEST SELLING SQUARE ENIX GAME OF THE YEAR!? IT OUTSOLD FFXIII's combined eastern and western sales in Japan Alone! And its not even being sold on the west yet!

    Fail Masato Kato! FAIL!

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:13 31/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Games with no buttons SUCK.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:56 31/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I doubt many parents are buying their kids a 500+ dollar device.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:53 31/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Haha! Yeah, sure>_> I feel sorry for all those idiots who bought this overpriced gadget from Apple.

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    Comment by panaghoy88
    23:28 31/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    How the heck can this device beat Nintendo? First, the price isn't right. Second, it isn't even marketed as a gaming device. Last, its strength in games is dependent on third party developers. Is there even a hyped up game for the Ipad? If there is let me know.

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    Comment by Dia
    22:46 31/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Though they’ve been digging their own grave with the DS and Wii for some time."

    Apparently there is a lot of profit to be had in gravedigging.

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    Comment by diskonline
    22:06 31/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    keep dreaming. it's not suit for my pocket.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:31 31/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anyone who likes apple needs to muster their strength and stick a fork directly in their forehead because your brain obviously isn't functioning properly anyway.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:00 01/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well from my perspective I see that Apple capilised on what it does best. Making USER FRIENDLY DEVISES. Now they have made one a little bit more friendly. It's not a game machine. It's the best "everything machine" next to a note book available. Just a little more friendlier

    Funny how some (I don't like touch screen) users are now copying 1980's DOS users.

    DOS users said they could not see a real valid reason for a mouse.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:27 04/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Though they’ve been digging their own grave with the DS and Wii for some time."


    Comment by Anonymous
    15:08 18/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    iPad to destroy Nintendo? Yeaaaaaaaaa-no. You can't exactly slip the thing into your pocket and carry on with your day can you?

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:47 08/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    its not just that though, im no fan boy for the DS or any Nintendo games (i will say i loved the N64 and the GC, the WII seem to have gone backwords. its not really fun to play just because of the graphs, most of the games suck or they r just lacking. (i played Arcade games but the 1s u get for the Wii suck there only HALF games.. i loved my PSP i just wished it had another Thump pointer and all and games made for its controls. thinking about getting the Ipad but not tell i get the ablity to upgrade the HD or add another BACK up type threw USB...

    Nintendo never had really good games other then Zelda and smash bor (never played SB) other then that Nintendo needs a new thing. and a better motion controlling thingy.. Xbox beat them there but im not baying $150 for it. lol

    i been around and Nintendo will learn from this i hope and make real 3D games again...

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    Comment by Ghostchase
    15:46 03/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fucking fat chance, Mr. Pro-Sony FF writer! Nintendo is about being simple AND inventive.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:12 03/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    And cheap, don't forget cheap. Not gonna pay thousands for an iPad when even the 3DS is cheap in comparison.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:34 02/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    lmao, what a huge ass devices. even a netbook is smaller than that... the touchscreen is just not necessary -.-

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:06 02/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I heard similar things from people when Project Natal and the Playstation Move was unveiled. I highly doubt the iPad is going to hurt Nintendo on either front.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:41 02/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Will FF get a new life in the iPad??? Or wii-l (read as "will") it fail, again!

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:37 07/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Too bad it only has crappy games, huh? Good quality games will crash that thing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:40 04/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    buy an laptop rater than an ipad. seriously ~.~

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:22 03/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wonder if now people feel like agreeing with Hayao Miyazaki's comments on the iPad.

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    Comment by Ben
    15:18 15/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh please...

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:26 03/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    An ipad you need to update every three weeks while a nintendo can last for years

    21:38 01/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I really doubt this in fact I feel the android/linux based MIDs are going to end up limiting maybe even kill the iPad.

    Why do I say this well the Android based devices even the Chinese knockoffs do everything the iPad does and more they can multi task,support flash, generally have memory card readers and USB ports.

    As for quality the iPad is made in China by Foxconn so it's the same as the cheapest Android MIDs.

    So do yourself a favor buy an android based device it'll be better and you'll save $200 to $300.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:45 01/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I refuse to acknowledge as a gaming device in any way or Superior to Nintendo until the day I can legitimately install VN Software on it.

    ...Buttons are Necessary - ever try Strafing and aiming at the same time with a touch screen on an FPS? It's not possible without them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:45 01/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Is it wise to publicly diss the leading gaming platforms of this generation? As Artefact implied it may be just to promote their new games in the iPad, but burning their bridges seems like a relly bad idea.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:10 01/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    A new challenger arrives!!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5DYuVN6nuY&feature=related [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5DYuVN6nuY&feature=related]

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:36 01/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The iPad is an inferior subpar and suboptimal gaming device. But as a multipurpose device that can be used for many things, including gaming, it has a lot of potential.

    The iPad will go to where the PSP and even the DS can't, how big that advantage is will be the deciding factor.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:22 01/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    As much as hope for Nintendo to be destroyed. I can't see the ipad destroying Nintendo.

    That is. Unless more game developers move over to the ipad. Otherwise no way.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:07 01/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That thing looks glossy. Can you really enjoy Nene-chan when she literally "glares" back at you? :/

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:41 01/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    nothnig wrong with more competitors going into the gaming market.. more choice for the buyers and competition will drive the price down too. so why not? Although saying that apple will bury nintendo kinda farfetched

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:18 01/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh gimme a break Apple. I'm still not paying $500 for your shitty tablet, no matter what "games" you try to put on your shit box.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:33 01/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ipad isn't worth it in my opinion.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:49 01/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    When I wanted a phone and a handheld, I got my self a clamshell and a PSP. They're still alive. Sure, the iPhone was shiny when it came but like hell I'm getting something that looks like it'll break if I sat on it. If I'm getting something, I won't get some shiny in-between.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:09 01/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sir, I think you just convinced me what to get for christmas.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:49 31/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If Nintendo survived the Virtual Boy and the N64, it can survive the iPon.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:02 31/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Technically speaking N64 was good, Nintendo surviving Virtual boy sure was nothing short of a miracle

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