Will the new Nintendo 3DS have its own app store?
Back in March we reported on the spankatronic wundergizmo, the Nintendo 3DS with its glasses-free 3D gaming experience. It's due to be launched to the industry in a week's time at the E3 gaming expo, and available to the public after that.
Not only would the 3D gameplay have the potential to create a new platform for developers, but Nintendo may be looking to introduce their very own app store for the handset. According to Electric Pig: "Capcom COO, Haruhiro Tsujimoto, says his firm is fired up about making 3D games for the Nintendo 3DS but it’s the prospect of an app store that’s really got it excited. He says: “What we’re looking forward to is the offering of a new business model."
“Nintendo has been in the hardware business for a long time and I believe they are looking closely at Apple’s recent success.” His comments came just after he lavished praise on Japanese mobile network NTT DoCoMo which has its own iTunes App Store-style service."
Whether such an app store would mean on-demand purchasing, or an open-platform for developers - or both - isn't known. Of course it may not happen at all; Nintendo and games developers would think twice before blowing up a market already established and worth billions, and plenty of games are currently of a size that'd be irritatingly slow to download.