3DS Stories September 1, 2015

9to5Toys Last Call: 11-inch MacBook Air $730, 3-ft. MFi Lightning Cables $5, Jawbone Mini Jambox $50, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call Updates:

Apple 11-inch MacBook Air 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB (newest version): $730 shipped (Reg. $899)

Ringke iPhone 6/Plus Cases from $5 shipped in multiple colors/styles, more

Apple AirPort Express Dual-Band 802.11n Wireless Router (refurbished): $50 shipped (Orig. $99)

Amazon Gold Box – up to 45% off gaming gear: SteelSeries iPhone controller $45, ViewSonic 28″ monitor $187, much more

All-Inclusive iOS 9 & Swift 2 Course Developer Bundle: $49 (Orig. $398)

13-inch Retina MacBook Pro w/ Force Touch (newest) 2.7GHz/8GB/256GB: $1,280 shipped (Reg. $1,499)

13.3-inch MacBook Air (early 2014) 1.7GHz/8GB/512GB: $1,249 shipped (Orig. $1,849)

Giveaway: $400 Belkin WeMo bundle including the new Lightify Starter Set, multiple winners

More new gear from today:

Healthkit-supported Bluetooth Smart Bathroom scale with BMI, more: $49 Shipped

  • Games/Apps: Borderlands Handsome Collection $35, 1TB Xbox One Halo bundle $360, more
  • Nintendo brings new smaller 3DS to North America, Zelda Tri Force 3DS, opens digital store on Amazon
  • Pandora celebrates its 10th anniversary by nixing ads for all listeners
  • D-Link PowerLine AV500 Mini Adapter Starter Kit: $20 shipped (Reg. $35+)
  • Fitbit Charge HR Activity Tracker in multiple sizes/colors: $120 shipped (Reg. $150)
  • Kindle First Books for September: The Prettiest One, Pale Queen Rising, Still Waters, more
  • Daily Deals: Logitech K350 Curved Wireless Keyboard $30, Urge Basics Bluetooth Speaker $19

More deals still alive:

Brother All-in-One AirPrint Wireless InkJet Printer $50 shipped (Reg. $85+)

Gift Cards up to 20% off: Sports Authority, Domino’s, Jiffy Lube, Steak ‘n Shake, TGI Fridays, Michaels, more

New products & more:

Leica partners with an Italian auto designer to create a marvelous set of limited edition binoculars

Microsoft details new Xbox One Elite Bundle w/ upgraded SSD, new special edition controller

3DS Stories August 11, 2011

Will Nintendo begin to produce titles for iOS devices? It’s a possibility if they take the advice of Tokyo-based Stats Investment Management Co, “Nintendo should try to either buy its way into this platform (smartphones) or develop something totally new.”

Bloomberg reports:

 “The rift highlights the dilemma President Satoru Iwata faces as consumers shun Nintendo devices to play games on iPhones, iPads and Facebook Inc.’s website. The flop of the 3DS debut prompted the company to cut prices 40 percent in Japan and 32 percent in the U.S., the first time the games developer has resorted to such a move within six months of a product’s debut.”

Historically Nintendo has made their stance clear on developing for platforms other than their own. President Satoru Iwata even went as far as saying the company would never develop for other platforms as long as he’s in charge. While their new 3DS handheld hasn’t received a great reception, investments Nintendo has made recently in the 3DS (competitor to Sony’s  Vita) portable device and Wii U makes it unlikely they will divert their attention to developing games for Apple devices anytime soon. This is especially true when talking about hallmark franchises like Mario and Donkey Kong. To provide these titles to iOS users would kill any incentive the company has to offer potential 3DS and Wii U customers.

That being said, the market opportunity is huge (just look how well Nintendo emulators do on jailbroken devices).  If the game-maker continues to lay eggs with its portable products, it might be forced to join up with Apple, or build a 3DS Android phone like Sony did with its Xperia Play.

At the very least Nintendo should build a generation-behind Emulator App like Atari’s Greatest hits. expand full story

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