However, I will admit the danger for the gaming giants still exists that the iPhone or the iPod Touch may move into a turf traditionally dominated by Nintendo since the orginal Gameboy.
Where is the danger coming from exactly? From within Nintendo and Sony. Nintendo's innovation heart is pumping pretty hard as is evident by its bestselling Wii and its unique controllers. Sony is just going with power in PS3. But on the handheld front, neither companies has done much on the last couple of years outside of comestic changes.
Granted the DSi has added a few features that are notable. I'm specially impressed with the dual cameras. Outside of that, the other features are simply catchups. Am I right?
I'm sure we'll see something pretty cool with DS 2 and PSP 2. Those models are coming. Personally, iPhone gaming has awaken the mobile gaming hunger in me that I didn't know was there. DSi is pretty cool but the iPhone is good enough to temper that hunger until DS 2.
For others sticking with their PSP or DS (I don't see many others going with DSi outside of Japan...plus no one will be getting it outside of Japan for a while), let's hope neither Nintendo or Sony won't be too long in coming out with the next generation of innovative mobile gaming less they don't mind people getting comfortable with iPhone and iPod Touch gaming.
And they better be very very innovative. They should know that their fans are smart and will see through marketing fogs.
A couple of things I do want to see though.
- I want to see innovation in multi-player gaming.
- Virtual worlds created just for mobile gamers.
- Wireless accessibility to the Internet and social networks.
- App stores that are easy to access like on the iPhone.
- Multi-sensory input and that's where the camera can come into play.
- Take what the iPhone and iPod has done with multi-touch to another level.
- Video-conferencing during game play.
What would you like Nintendo and Sony to do with their next gen mobile gaming systems?
Note: What I don't want to see is DS2 or PSP2 added with lame simple telephony.