Nintendo Creeps Into eBook Market With Updated DS

Nintendo Creeps Into eBook Market With Updated DS
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The Japanese electronics company hopes that 'good enough' technology will win new users looking to combine an ebook experience with their gameplay.

Piers Fawkes, PSFK
  • 22 march 2010

Already being introduced into Japanese classrooms as educational devices, Nintendo are making a play for the emerging electronic book market with its latest DS portable game console. The DSI XL device maintains the flip-open dual screen design of previous versions but the new model employs two 4.2 inch screens which makes it 93% larger than the previous model. While the DSI XL is not going to compete directly with a Kindle

or Kindle, the introduction of a cartridge with public domain books from authors that include Mark Twain and Shakespeare shows that the Japanese electronics company hopes that ‘good enough’ technology will win new users looking to combine an ebook experience with their gameplay. The introduction of the DS to Japanese classrooms also provides cues to the future use of the device too.

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