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Old Jun 9, 2006, 11:29 AM   #1
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Apple Eyeing Nintendo?



Chris Stevens from CNet.co.uk revives a long-standing rumor that Apple may be eyeing a merger with Nintendo.

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A city analyst told Crave that agressive takeovers of Japanese companies can be difficult and expensive. Japanese companies use the keiretsu system of interlocking holdings and partnerships, which makes conventional takeovers exceptionally hard.

If Apple was to acquire Nintendo, a friendly takeover or merger would be more likely. In the merger scenario, Apple might have a chat with Nintendo and convince them to agree to form a new company. Still, the viability of a merger is low. Now may be a bad time to adopt Nintendo -- Apple would do better to wait a year or two to see how the Wii does.
Stevens goes on to speculate that a Mac Mini that could play Nintendo's Wii games could prove to be a formidible match to Sony's Playstation 3 and Microsoft's XBox 360, since the Mini can also play high-definition video, edit music and photographs, surf the web, word process, and edit video.

Nintendo and Apple merger rumors surface from time to time, due mainly to the fact that the companies have very similar philosophies in their respective industries (ease of use, industrial design, boldness in the face of defeat, etc). Despite the similarities, such a merger or aquisition is regarded as highly unlikely, although recent rumors that Apple is recruiting game developers may lend a slight bit of credence to the rumor.

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Old Jun 9, 2006, 11:36 AM   #2
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Disney?

I thought they were buying Disney
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Good job... both companies are alike in my opinion!
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Old Jun 9, 2006, 11:38 AM   #4
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Check out this link....Simularities between apple and Nintendo designs....

Any how I think this would be a great idea for Apple.....How cool would it be to see a Nano intergrated into a DS lite???

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Old Jun 9, 2006, 11:42 AM   #5
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Heh, this is such a ridiculous idea, I don't even know where to start. Sometimes I wonder if analysts just pick two "hot" companies and toss them together.

What's next?

Apple...and Toyota! iYaris!

Yeesh.
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Old Jun 9, 2006, 11:44 AM   #6
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ummm, no. I'd rather NOT see a merger between the two. Other than Iwata using a Powerbook, I don't think Nintendo would be keen on it either. It'd be hard to manage a partnership where both companies (Apple and Nintendo) are very controlative of their licenses. If anything happens, I could see Nintendo or Apple thinking "We can do better ourselves" and then pulling out of the partnership with either Nintendo releasing a computer or Apple releasing a game device.

If a partnership happens more than likely it'll be something simple like getting the Nintendo USB WiFi thing to work on Macs or some future Wii/DS + Mac connectivity. No joined products.
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Old Jun 9, 2006, 11:45 AM   #7
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Incredibly unlikely. Check the Slashdot thread regarding this.
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Old Jun 9, 2006, 11:45 AM   #8
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Games on the iPods do not equal Apple becoming a game company.

Plus the game developers would have an edge in making creative use of 3d to make the iPod interface fun and interactive -- a little more out there, but not as much as a merger.
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Old Jun 9, 2006, 11:55 AM   #9
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although there is no basis for any of this it kinda makes sense. I would love to have a mini that could play HD and console games.
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Old Jun 9, 2006, 12:01 PM   #10
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there may have been some credence to the rumor before the intel switch, but now? how in the hell would apple justify going back to PPC so soon after dumping it?
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Old Jun 9, 2006, 12:02 PM   #11
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Once again i go back to a very old japanese company that would not have a merger of any kind with an american company. Not at least in my books
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Old Jun 9, 2006, 12:06 PM   #12
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Once again i go back to a very old japanese company that would not have a merger of any kind with an american company. Not at least in my books
yeah, the japanese have this crazy thing called pride. shrug.
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Old Jun 9, 2006, 12:09 PM   #13
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It's just a distraction from the fact the Apple will buy Adobe.
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Old Jun 9, 2006, 12:25 PM   #14
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This is a long standing rumor? I've never heard it before. I don't really care either way. I suppose if Apple buys them they have a good reason. Most of their aquisitions have been very successful with the exception of Powershool...which they have now sold.
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Old Jun 9, 2006, 12:28 PM   #15
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Next up: Apple to buy Starbucks? iCoffee? Ooo how about Apple buying the Gap to get into clothing!

I can write articles speculating about those too.
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Check out this link....Simularities between apple and Nintendo designs....
You mean Nintendo's ability to rip off.
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Old Jun 9, 2006, 01:18 PM   #17
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the day this happens, pigs fly and the earth will implode
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Old Jun 9, 2006, 01:32 PM   #18
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In the merger scenario, Apple might have a chat with Nintendo
That would have to be one HECK of a chat.
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Old Jun 9, 2006, 01:34 PM   #19
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the day this happens, pigs fly and the earth will implode

Hmmm how many people said the same thing about Intel on the Mac? Windows running on a Mac at full speed? 100$ iPods?

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It's just a distraction from the fact the Apple will buy Adobe.

See that would make more sense. Apple owning Photoshop would send shockwaves through the PC world. Apple owning Nintendo? Meh...unlike Sony and MS they don't seem to be interested in being anything other then a game console. What does this attribute acomplish for Apple? Not a whole heck of a lot IMHO.
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Once again i go back to a very old japanese company that would not have a merger of any kind with an american company. Not at least in my books
Yeah, because Sony merging/purchasing with Columbia/CBS years back is nothing like this. I mean one was a successful... no, wait... but the other, but the other one was a... no, wait, it's the same!
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Old Jun 9, 2006, 01:40 PM   #21
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not a good rumor

it's a wild rumor, folks, started on some message board that the guy in the UK read and ran with. it ain't happening. this was speculated on about two years ago, too.

and Sony buying Apple. and Apple buying a stake in Kia too (seriously.) and so on. yawn.

ps: this article would have more credence if you spelled "credence" correctly.
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Old Jun 9, 2006, 01:44 PM   #22
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ps: this article would have more credence if you spelled "credence" correctly.
lol, very nice indeed.

Mentioning the Sony/Columbia situation isn't meant to support the Apple/Nintendo claim, but rather point out that while it won't happen, the fact that one company is American and the other is Japanese, is not the reason.
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Old Jun 9, 2006, 01:54 PM   #23
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Makes me feel old to see this one pop up again.

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Old Jun 9, 2006, 02:10 PM   #24
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I like Apple. I like Nintendo. They won’t merge, I’m sorry… that’s just not gonna happen. Maybe it might be nice if they partnered up for a few interesting projects, but no… no takeover. No merger. The reason they are in the positions that they are is because they are self-reliant, innovative, and incredibly staunch in the fact that they refuse to die even when everyone else says that they should. Yes they share the same philosophies, but that only re-enforces that they won’t merge.
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Old Jun 9, 2006, 02:20 PM   #25
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Sweet

It might not be likely, but I think it'd be awesome if it happened. The wii is the first system since N64 that I've actually anxiously anticipated. Like Apple, they do seem to have a similar philosophy of buisness
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