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Mobile gaming lies at the heart of all the best smartphone rumors this quarter, so it's no surprise that talk of a Nintendo handset have resurfaced. The Japanese firm is reported to be preparing a complete revamp of its DS handheld console for launch at June's E3 show, which would come with embedded 3G and ship in time for the …

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Game prices

Nintendo has a problem. Games for the iPhone/iPod, Andriod etc. cost significantly less than they do on the DS.

If someone buys a DS and 5 games, this is about the same cost as the cheapest iPod touch with 5 games. I'd opt for the iPod if it were not so delicate...

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Proper titles pull more gamers

The DS games may be more expensive than an iBone app/game, but at least they are known titles, the kind of games that pull in hardcore gamers. You know, the kind of demographics the DS-phone would be actually targetting. What would you rather play, Mario Kart or iDontKnowWho's Kart? Pacman or "Pecman"? You get what you pay for.

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Built in free 3G for the win

I think this Kindlesque built in 3G will be a win for them - firstly it should get rid of the piracy problem at least for a while, meaning all software can be authenticated on-line. Secondly, yeah an iPhone might be great and all but the more causal user and kids aint going to be signing up for a £40 per month O2 or Vodafone contract are they in order to have a data plan.

As for the iPod Touch not having monthly on going costs and cheaper games - well the lack of 3G will become a disadvantage soon and while the games might be cheaper - but I'd rather play Mario Kart, Professor Layton and Zelda on the train than a port of a 16 bit Sega game with crap controls or mess around with a fart app!

If I was more into puzzle games maybe an iPod Touch would be a goer. The Popcap games seem to be doing well. Without a d-pad and buttons though, it limits the types of games that can work well on the system. I haven't tried playing one. but how well do fighting games play on iPhones? I cant imagine any button masher would be a good experience and might even result in broken screens! (if you really do mash buttons like I do!)

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Interesting...

I thought piracy on the DS was something of a non-issue, due to the platform itself? ( i.e., have to license the cart design, development environment, etc.)

Learn something new everyday, I guess...

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