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The Zorpix Den: My Nintendo phone idea isn’t what you think [EDITORIAL]

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Hello all! And welcome to the first article in a little series I’m going to be calling “The Zorpix Den”. I’m going to be talking about something near and dear to my heart for each article, and then finishing off with discussing some of my Miiverse posts with you guys. Without any further ado, let’s get started!

The Nintendo DS Phone – Why I think it matters

Now, I’ve mentioned the idea of a DS Phone here a few times, once in our predictions article and a few times in the comments. Both times, people didn’t exactly seem too excited about the idea. I was told it was a stupid idea and that Nintendo would never work with smartphones like that. People also said Nintendo would never make mobile games. Given the recent news about Nintendo dabbling in the smartphone field, I decided to bring this up again and clarify a few things.

Firstly, I called my little idea “NintendOS”, but that was a bit misleading. I’m not really proposing a new operating system for existing smartphones. While that is an exciting prospect, I don’t find it very probable that Nintendo would be developing such an operating system. I also don’t think they’d make something for someone else’s device. If they were going to make some kind of OS, it’d be for official Nintendo hardware.

I agree that making smartphone games wouldn’t be Nintendo’s style. They tend to think on a much bigger scale, and I don’t think they’d like the limitations placed on smartphone developments. Sure, they are developing an app. Sure, the dev team was given no limits. But do you think the Super Mario 3D World team would’ve been happy with mobile phone limitations? I think not.

This brings me to my next point of what I think such a device would be. I think it will come in the form of the DS Phone, or the Phone DS. Maybe even the PDS! DSP? …Anyone? Alright, now we’re getting too close to Sony’s name. Let’s move on.

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Now, when I say “DS Phone”, I don’t mean a phone that plays DS games. I think that was another misconception that people had about my idea. I mean a DS that makes phone calls. Just a normal 3DS, same power, same capabilities, same everything. The only difference is that this DS has a slot for a SIM card. For those of you who don’t know, the SIM card is the thing in most cellular devices that sends and receives calls, texts, and data. So basically, what I want is a 3DS that doesn’t sacrifice power or features, but adds a calling/texting app that can be pulled up while a game is suspended. It could also use your data plan instead of wifi when applicable. I’m pretty sure the Vita is able to use data, so why not the 3DS?

The main downside that comes to mind is losing DS backwards compatibility. If you’ve ever put a regular DS game into your 3DS, you’ll know that pressing the home button makes you have to close the game to get to the menu. Unless a workaround is developed for that, I don’t know if backwards compatibility would be possible. On the other hand, if no background software was allowed to run behind these games and they were allowed, you could be missing important calls and texts that happen to occur while you’re playing.

What do you guys think? Does my idea make a little more sense now, or is it still completely crazy? Let me know what a nut I am below!

Miiverse and Zorpix

So, this recurring part of “The Zorpix Den” is just going to be a few of my Miiverse posts where I expand a bit on what went down, and get to discuss the games I’ve been playing with you guys!

Post text: EPIC SOAP OF FROOOOOOTH!!!!

Game: Skylanders: Swap Force

Epic Soap of Froth!!

Found this after completing a Swap Zone challenge. I think this is one of the best names for an item I’ve seen in a game. It even has a picture of Kaos (the game’s main villian) right there on the soap. However, that would make me a little more tentative to use it… But hey, +4% critical hit is nothing to shake a Skylander at. Just call me a Soaplander!

Post text: Don’t worry buddy. I’ll get you to safety!

Game: Splinter Cell: Blacklist

Splinter Cell puppy

So, apparently in Splinter Cell: Blacklist, dogs can alert nearby baddies of your presence. This little guy was barking at me and just wouldn’t stop, so I sadly had to put him down. He made a sad little whimpering noise when I killed him, and made me feel horrible. So I decided to pick him up and make it look like I was bringing him to safety! It’s weird though, because I can take out enemy humans and not feel a thing, but as soon as I take out a puppy, I feel like an awful person. Does anybody else feel the same way when killing an animal as opposed to a human in game?

Post Text: She’s right… It is kinda scary…

Game: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies

Cant remember this guy's name

I had to talk to this guy in Ace Attorney a while back. What a smile! Those teeth are so perfect, it’s like the “ok” sign he’s giving is reference to his teeth! This is my first Ace Attorney game, and I absolutely love it. If you’re a fan of anime/manga and story based games where you have to solve crimes in an actual courtroom, you should do the following:

  1. Stop reading this article. Seriously, just stop it.
  2. Pick up your 3DS. It’s probably close by.
  3. Go to the eshop. If you don’t know what that is, send Reggie an email.
  4. Download Ace Attorney. It is 30 bucks.
  5. Play the game in its entirety.
  6. Purchase and download the DLC.
  7. Walk into an actual courtroom and just start declaring everyone guilty. Sooner or later, you’ll be right.

Wrapping up

Well, that’s it everyone! Thank you very much for reading this article, and I hope you enjoyed it. If you have any suggestions for next week’s topic, any questions about the content I wrote, or just wanna say hey, feel free to sound off below! If you really feel inclined, you can mosey on over to my Twitter, Facebook, or Miiverse account. Please don’t feel offended if I don’t respond to friend requests on the Wii U, as I reserve that for people I actually know in real life. I’ll gladly follow back though!

Thank you for reading, and have a happy Valentine’s Day!

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  • Raptok

    Interesting article Zorpix… I’d buy a new 3DS that could receive calls.

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      right?!

  • uPadWatcher

    As long as Nintendo doesn’t join exclusively with AT&T. Remember what happened when Sony had joined only with AT&T for the Vita 3G + WiFi?

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      Yeah… exclusivity would be a bad thing…

  • Keefen19

    I agree this is a relavent topic right now. Nintendo recently using Android and iOS as an example of the future of Nintendo hardware is enough for me to feel as excited as the first few years of iPhone murmurs! Nintendo hardware has never failed me, ever. I want these types of threads going viral! Not NintenDoom BS! We must all do our duty and flood the net with photo shop renditions of a 3g or LTE Sim card capable Nintendo handheld… or just buy a Wii U :)

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      I like the idea of just buying a Wii U >.> Doesnt spread rumors that get me super excited and I get more friends to play with :)

    • bizzy gie

      I remember when iPhone was exciting…in 2007.

      • Keefen19

        lols… yeah. Me too that’s why I said it :P ha, and now in 2014 the idea of N making/ taking the leap into merging their handhelds with cell technology is equally as exciting to me. I remember following the blogs for YEARS before apple unveiled anything whatsoever. Plus the same way that some questioned a computer company making cell phones I am sure people will feel the same about Nintendo. But like Apple N produces quality hardware and the evolution of the iPod into a phone worked. but alas the lil voice in my head says N will stay out of the cell biz just like they stay out of the proprietary video disc wars e.g. DVD/blue ray playback. Yet you have to admit a bad ass sleek HD LTE smartphone that says (Nintendo) along the back with their own custom architecture is wet dream worthy, xD

        • bizzy gie

          Yeah. And hopefully Nintendo would, unlike Apple, not fall into the practice of releasing the same phone every, single year and overpricing for it.

          I’d love to see Nintendo’s innovation thrown into a smartphone. It’d be the best thing EVER!

  • blindtiger

    the only way id buy a 3ds or a smartphone is if they were the same device

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      So… you dont have either?

      • LightupmyLife

        I”d rather it be a tablet. Not much into small devices. That and I’m not much of a phone person. It was still a nice read. :)

        • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

          True. Bigger screens are way nicer for typing on…

          And thank you! :)

      • oontz

        Blindtigers don’t need hand held devices, they’re blind.

      • blindtiger

        nope… both are too expensive, i would only play 3ds at home and smartphones create dumb people. no offense to the entire world…

  • Magnus Eriksson

    I stopped at Stop reading this article… what to do next?

    Very good article Zorpix :)

    • darkcreap

      Yep, this clearly shows that he isn’t a programmer. Everything after “return” or “exit” statements is irrelevant.

      • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

        I actually am a programmer. Where would return or exit be getting called, exactly?

        • darkcreap

          Where you say “Stop reading this article”. That is the direct equivalent of an “Exit” command. If people actually stop reading there, how will they ever reach the end of the list if they stop at step 1 :D?

          It would be like doing:

          exit(0);
          printf(“Now the important part begins!!!!n”);

          • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

            ooooh XD I thought you were getting more technical in terms of me saying that backwards compatibility was impossible.

            True, you can’t get back from an exit or return. UNLESS that return is in another class. Let’s assume that the reader only reads the article when “readerIsReading” is true. This doesn’t mean the program stops, however. for example

            bool readerIsReading = true;
            system.out.println(“Stop reading this article!”);
            readerIsReading = false;
            setStopReading(true);
            getStopReading();
            if (StopReading == false)
            {
            readerIsReading = true;
            }
            //continue reading

            //(INSIDE THE HELPER .JAVA)
            setStopReading(bool isReading)
            {
            StopReading = isReading;
            }
            getStopReading()
            {
            return StopReading;
            }

          • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

            aww, disqus messed up my formatting. But you get the idea ;) believe me now?

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      Step 1.5: If you stopped reading the article, come back and finish where you left off ;)

      and thank you :)

  • Carlos Coronado

    I will love to buy a Nintendo phone but I think the phone business
    is way too risky unless Nintendo make deal with Apple or Samsung to collaborate
    in the phone so they won’t have to risk too much that is what I think.

    • Eduardo

      Forget apple or samsung. Google is the way of the future. imagine Hangouts on the Wii U and 3DS.. i would take it to work for sure.. googte+, youtube only on nintendo consoles, chrome, only on nintendo, Drive, Docs, hell even Android only on nintendo. what would microsoft and sony do?.. i would of payed $699.99 for the Wii U.

      • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

        That sounds a bit ambitious, as Google would be cutting out a huge percentage of their userbase by excluding apple products, but we already have the streetview app on Wii U, so it shows that Google is at least interested in what Nintendo is doing…

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      It is very risky, but we are talking about a company that is known for taking risks. I could see it happening

  • Simon Stevens

    Never gonna happen, much more likely to see a Vita phone (xperia play 2) before Nintendo ever changes, not a bad thing either.

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      Eh, I could see it happening. But you’re right, it happening on Vita sounds a LOT more likely right now.

      Thanks for reading :)

      • Simon Stevens

        It might but it’d be a long way off I imagine, I’d like a phone with the Nintendo o.s it has now, I just wonder how they’d make it, I’m not sure dual screen would do it….. a vita phone would be good for Sony I think, they probably would have done well had psp games been available, when you look at people emulating psp, ds, dreamcast etc flawlessly on it now, you really can’t help but wonder why Sony didn’t do it.

  • gtosheex

    that guy’s smile is creepy… Attack on Titan!

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      I really need to watch that >.>

  • X3Charlie

    I think they should also consider dual operating systems in their future consoles. Being able to switch between your main NintendOS and Android OS. It would basically open up a ton of new content on their systems.

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      Hrm… That’s a really good point!

    • Justin Carlson

      While it would be nice for consumers, I don’t see it happening. Nintendo would be supporting one of their main competitors because you could now spend your money on Android games on the device instead of Nintendo games.

  • Meeii

    I really don’t see the point. You want to be able to make phone calls with your nintendo 3ds? I must say some people just seems possessed by phones and everything around it. Not everything have to be “smart” and have multiple functions, sometime I just want to do one thing.

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      I totally understand that. It’s just that I use my 3DS for everything. MP3 player, gaming device, internet browsing, camera at times. They’re all super nice features that I could see being brought together with a calling app

      • jjbredesen

        I agree, it would work, but i sadly i have a feeling that Nintendo would never make one :(, as for using it for everything, i am not to sure, i would use my 3DS browser over my Smartphones browser, its not really that good, and the music player, does not have all the options my phone has (equalizer etc.) And the camera is cool, but it sucks XD, if Nintendo could make the software better than my smartphones, i would support this 100% put perhaps not for 3DS, but next gen?

        • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

          yeah that’s what I’m saying. it’ll be their next gen handheld :3

  • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

    My name is Zorpix, and I wrote this editorial. If anyone has any suggestions for a topic in the upcoming weeks (My topic for next week is already selected) But if there’s something you suggest that really strikes me, I’ll do my best to write about it in the future

    • Michael Ocampo

      Nintendo with the Subscription of Nintendo Network please!

      • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

        I’m sorry, I dont quite understand…

        • Michael Ocampo

          You know how a while back Iwata (I think) said that in the future they’d make people who used the Nintendo Network service a lot pay for online and for the casuals, it’d be free. Maybe you could talk about something like that. (Sorry if I’m not clear enough.)

          • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

            I dont remember him ever saying that… I remember them saying they’d never make people pay for online though

  • disqus_QNIAqtNpHo

    nice job zorpix! i’m new i’ve just been reading posts on wii u daily every day every post i have a wii u (can’t wait for ssb4) ps3 and gamecube

  • disqus_QNIAqtNpHo

    “walk into an actual courtroom and just start declaring everyone guilty sooner or later you’ll be right” i laughed so hard lol

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      I was hoping it’d make someone laugh XD

  • disqus_QNIAqtNpHo

    nice article zorpix! this is a very good idea i’m new i have a wii u, ps3, and gamecube

  • disqus_QNIAqtNpHo

    ok zorpix i have an idea there’s an app for my nexus 7 called textplus it lets u text or call anyone on your textplus friends list for free from a tablet maybe they could add that to the 3ds as an app

  • disqus_QNIAqtNpHo

    i lol’d so hard on step 7 XD

  • palomino blue

    A 3DS wouldn’t be replacing my phone any time soon unless it was closer to the size of an iphone somehow, which would make it quite difficult to fit the controls. They’d also need to shrink down the tech, which I’m sure is more than possible now but we’d have to expect to see Apple prices on the device.

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      yeah… Good point on the size. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see :3

      • C4

        Well, Nintendo always does revisions so why not think ahead.

        Large “gaming” 4DS (NintyPad)
        Medium Smartphone sized 4DS (NintyPhone :P )
        Small & cheap 4DS like the 2DS years later

        Question is and I don’t really know if that order makes sense, like starting with the largest version. Even on the DS, while the devices got smaller (until the DS XL) the display itself gained in size.

  • Wiiluigi

    I didn’t read the article. And I will but imagine people not wanting to pay 300us for wii u. Can you only imagine how much a phone wod cost? I’m absolutely sure that people won’t pay 700 bucks without a contract for a nintendo phone. I can assume not.

    • C4

      Phones cost less then 200$ to manufactor though. Even Samsung, Sony or Apple. Consoles usually sell around the production and shipping cost, plus a bit profit to dealer and the manufactor. Don’t see why it should be more then 299$. Problem will be some parts don’t get cheaper over time – console price cuts always attracts more buyers each year.

  • C4

    1. Make this http://wiiudaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/nintendo_ds2.jpg (but both screens the same size)
    2. Many games
    3. ???
    4. Profit :)

  • Aamir Islam

    Not until the 9th generation though. The 3ds is doing fine, they don’t need to do this

  • Drowrin

    I wouldn’t disagree with a data plan for a ds system. however, the idea of making phone calls and such doesn’t sit right. I don’t think anyone would use it, it sounds to awkward. with phones getting thinner and more convenient, who would pull out a 3ds and load an app just to make/receive a phone call? texting and stuff could possibly still make sense, but actual phones would still be more convenient. assuming those features aren’t used/aren’t implemented, what is left? gaming on a data plan? That could be a plus, but I am not willing to pay a monthly fee for it, nor would any of my nintendo loving friends. The question I want to ask the community is: are there enough nintendo fans out there willing to pay for 3G service to make it worth it to nintendo?

  • Dallas Gooch

    Zorpix I’ve been following this site since the Wii U came out and I just wanted to say I enjoy your posts and of course your articles. Its a nice change from the stale news from a lot of other posts, keep it up! :)

  • ~OMEGA~

    what about a 3ds with sms and phone integration from google :)

  • Razo_E

    Unless you address the absolutely horrible battery life you get with 3D on (not to mention everything else running on the phone’s background) it’ll never work. All this tech is only as strong as a good battery.

  • Phoenix Maybe

    I like the idea of a 3DS with phone and messaging applications, but if that were to happen please include a pair of calling earphones. We don’t need another game device that looks weird when calling (Nokia N-gage).