Should Apple Acquire Nintendo?

Should Apple Acquire Nintendo?

Brian Houston:

Super Paper MarioNintendo’s value of design in both hardware and software does indeed closely mirror the Apple ethos. Both Apple and Nintendo believe in creating great products – and then letting demand grow from that creation. I bet that Nintendo skips focus groups too.

Nintendo Japan has a market cap of around 1.3 trillion yen – or 13 billion US dollars. Apple has over 100 billion in cash overseas that it can’t bring into the US without paying a heavy tax penalty. For 13% of Apple’s international cash hoard, Apple could buy Nintendo and catapult into the living room console market.

If this means that I’ll finally be able to have Pokemon, Mario, Luigi, Zelda and Metroid on my iPhone and iPad, I’m all for it.

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Open Forum: “iPad launch day: Where are all the sell-outs?”

Every Saturday, iFans shares an opinion or other interesting piece from the week and looks for your response in the forum comments. Check out the Open Forum hub for past editions.

Yesterday, Zach Epstein for BGR reflected on the shorter than expected iPad lineups on launch day. We want to know your opinion… (more…)

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Open Forum: Samsung Leads the Pack with Galaxy S II

Every Saturday, iFans shares an opinion or other interesting piece from the week and looks for your response in the forum comments. Check out the Open Forum hub for past editions.

At the annual GSMA Mobile World Congress, which wrapped up on Thursday, several large companies received awards for releasing outstanding products over the past year. Samsung’s Galaxy S II was among the products that received such honors, as the handset received the best smartphone title over competing devices such as Apple’s recently released iPhone 4S. Samsung altogether was selected as the best device manufacturer of the year… (more…)

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Open Forum: Apple and the Law of Large Numbers

By terms of market capitalization, Apple is the largest company in the world with a valuation that exceeds $487 billion. Yesterday, the New York Times touched upon this tremendous success that Apple has experienced. A potential downside to how big Apple is, however, is that it is now running up against the law of large numbers.

Essentially, what this theory means for large companies such as Apple is that significant growth earnings and rapidly increasing share prices will ultimately reach a plateau and begin to stabilize or drop. In other words, the theory explains that Apple will eventually get so large that investors will begin to question how the company can possibly get even bigger… (more…)

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Open Forum: Where Apple is Heading in 2012 and Beyond

Every Saturday, iFans shares an opinion or other interesting piece from the week and looks for your response in the forum comments.

A few days ago, tech enthusiast Shawn Blanc shared his opinion regarding the direction he believes Apple is headed in 2012 and beyond. Blanc believes that Apple has finally laid the foundation for its current products and services, beginning with the iPhone and iOS in 2007, and will now begin to focus on building upon that core. According to Blanc, the future is going to be fruitful for Apple — pun intended — at least for the next few years. Here’s why… (more…)

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Open Forum: Why the iPhone is Worse Than a BlackBerry

Every Saturday, iFans shares an opinion or other interesting piece from the week and looks for your response in the forum comments.

Three days ago, Jonathan Geller published a rather interesting article on BGR about why he thinks the iPhone is worse than RIM’s BlackBerry phones. In the article, Geller asserts that he really loves his iPhone and has no hard feelings against Apple. However, he “need[s] more control over [his] alerts.” Keep reading for more details. (more…)

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