At this point, I’m not completely convinced that I want to upgrade from my DS Lite to a Nintendo DSi, but this latest “leak” could change that impression quite quickly. Nintendo President Satoru Iwata seems to be telling us that the DSi can and will be used as a mobile phone, possibly even with video telephony.
This “news” comes from a couple of confusing quotes courtesy of the Nintendo president. First, he said that Nintendo “would not release a console that could be used as a mobile phone unless it could do so without the need for a monthly subscription.”
If this is the case, a conventional cell phone won’t work, but VoIP could be a very real possibility on the DSi. It already has an integrated microphone and speakers. If you prefer a touch more privacy, there’s also that headset available too.
However, Satoru-San has also indicated that Nintendo is not making a phone. Perhaps he means to say that the DSi is not “just” a phone, because it can be used for so much more than that. Could we be looking at a Skype App through the DSi Shop soon? Maybe.
For now, we’ll just have to sit on our pins and needles until Shiggy, Reggie, Satoru, and the rest of the Ninty crew tell us a little more.