iPhone – Just Like Developing For NintendoSeptember 14th, 2008
Look, developing for iPhone is just like developing for a Nintendo console.
Nintendo owns the hardware. Nintendo owns the distribution mechanism. Nintendo doesn’t publish rules on what you can and cannot build.
And they do just fine. Many developers still develop great stuff for Nintendo DS and Wii. Why? It’s successful and profitable. And Nintendo is far more of a pain in the ass than Apple.
Common sense says: You’re not going to develop an Italian plumber 2D platform scroller for a Nintendo DS. Even if you were thinking about it, you’d talk to Apple about it first.
Should Apple get a free pass then? No.
Does this mean App Store is doomed? It hasn’t doomed Nintendo (not yet anyway).
Will Apple innovate over Nintendo and reverse their decision? Yes, and I’m sure it’s coming soon.