Nintendo 3DS is Creepy, May Read Newspapers

3dsSo Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata had a little chat with the Japanese trade paper Nikkei, and he had a couple odd/pretty damn sweet things to say. We’re talking about e-reader kinda stuff here. Good stuff. Read on.

Weird and creepy: “As you carry it with you while out and about, it will seek out and automatically connect with wireless LAN spots, and download information.” Uh, no, please? I don’t want my handheld console checking in with the mothership as I walk around. Shiver.

Damn sweet: “We’re thinking about functionality where it will automatically acquire newspaper and magazine articles.”

OK, so the “automatically” part isn’t good, but the fact that it might be able to read newspaper and magazine content is A-OK.

Seriously, though, “automatic” is scary. I don’t want my DS to do any damn thing automatically. Not one. Machines doing things automatically never worked out well in fiction, and so I’m not taking any chances.

Still, though, I’m totally serious when I say I’d like to be able to read the Times on a DS, and I’m equally serious when I say I want to choose what to read.

Is all that clear?

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3 Comments on Nintendo 3DS is Creepy, May Read Newspapers

Ben Lee

On June 24, 2010 at 7:30 pm

This would be an incredibly useful feature to have if it is indeed true. I’ve always liked the Nintendo portables over all others due to their quality games, but couldn’t bring myself to buy their latest device the DS. But, if combined with the functionality of an eReader, that would definitely give me enough reason to bring that with me on occasion instead of my Kindle. Sometimes, I just want to read a few magazines or news articles here and there instead of a book. For those occasions, it would be great to have the option of alternating between some news and some gaming. Who knows, it might even double as an mp3 device as well.

Thanks for the update, please check out the rest of my response at my blog as well:

Phil Owen

On June 24, 2010 at 8:11 pm

Oh, yeah, this would be a great feature. The comics reader and limited RSS functionality on the PSP are awesome, and if Nintendo can come up with something more dynamic, it would be a legitimate selling point.


On July 3, 2010 at 3:08 pm

someone could be uploading a virus/hack/brick in their 3ds and if you walk past them it’s game over for you too. I don’t like the sound of that, what about you?