China Approves Nintendo 3DS
Nintendo gets a golden pass to China as the local government approves the selling of the Nintendo 3DS there.
In a country where almost all consoles are banned, Nintendo got China’s approval to sell the Nintendo 3DS there. However, the Nintendo 3DS will be taking a different name as it will be called the “iQue 3DS”. iQue is Nintendo’s partner inside China. This move apparently got a couple of advantages as the much anticipated 3D console makes its way into a market where the Xbox 360 and PS3 have never even touched yet.
Ever since 2000, the Chinese government has denied video game consoles entry for this reason: video games might make their children neglect their duties and obligations to their country. However with the ban not covering PC gaming, it didn’t fully supress the video game culture.
Legal alternatives were made that allowed China to experiece games in the form of Plug’n’play consoles. Plug’n’play consoles invole a 64mb USB drive and an iQue player/controller. Players need to download a Nintendo 64 games from a local retail store to the usb then plug it onto the controller which also acts as the console.
Even though Nintendo has somehow broken through the Chinese market, another reason why Microsoft and Sony is still mulling over the idea of striking a deal with the Chinese government is software piracy. And we can’t blame them.
The Nintendo3DS will be out by February. There have been no announcements yet as to whether the iQue 3DS will have a similar release date.View Article Source »