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Everything wrong with Nintendo could be expressed by this picture

Nintendo Network IDs on 3DS
A picture about Nintendo Network IDs posted by Nintendo. This image describes how a Nintendo Network IDs cannot be used on more than one console.

It took long enough, and it’s part of an update coming in December—you will finally be able link your 3DS and Wii U and their eShop balances together by signing into a Nintendo Network account on your 3DS. But I don’t understand Nintendo’s reluctance at forbidding multiple 3DS/Wii U consoles from using the same Nintendo Network ID.

Nintendo expressing this in support documents and marketing documents make the matter feel like a tacit acknowledgement that they believe nobody needs to use their Nintendo Network ID on any other device. Or, that nobody will own more than one 3DS console, or more than one Wii U console.

And I can already think of some legitimate use cases that using a Nintendo Network ID on more than one device can have.

Take a look at Apple and the iOS/Mac App Store. You could use your Apple ID on up to five (or “every Mac you own” for the Mac App Store) devices at once. Want to share a game with the wife/partner? Or your kids? Buy once on your Apple ID, and use iCloud purchases/iTunes to download them onto your kids’ iOS devices. Or maybe you’ve just bought a fun universal app on your iPhone and would like it on your iPad—Automatic Downloads will have sent it to your iPad already.

The same cannot be said about your kids’ 2DS/3DS consoles. Want to share a game between multiple consoles? Prepare to whip out that credit card and spend on that game multiple times. Or maybe a game you’ve bought from the eShop would look better on your 3DS XL. Can’t play it on both at the same time, so you’ll need to do a System Transfer.

It also happens to be that you can sign into Miiverse on every other device that you own—sign in on the web browser or sign in on both your iPhone and iPod touch. Want to do that on a Nintendo 3DS or your friends’ Wii U? That’s a no-go.

This only strikes me as another consumer-hostile decision made by the heads in charge. And it also makes me wonder as to the exact point of a Nintendo Network ID.

Of Apple and Unrealistic Expectations

The tech press, and heck, some of my peers, seem to be hung up on the idea that Apple should be constantly innovating each and every year. That the iPhone needs to have some standout feature every single year. And that people who have the iPhone 5 need to upgrade to the 5s and that Apple’s not providing any reasons for people to make this leap. It’s always been the case no matter what the industry, but because this is Apple we’re talking about, these unrealistic expectations seem to be spreading like a wildfire.

So firstly, why should Apple need to introduce a new product category every year? What’s this about a supposed smartwatch? That Apple will revolutionise the TV? That Apple hasn’t released anything big since the iPad for three years and that people are getting hungry for more? Here’s my expectation: that whatever Apple’s working on will not show up until Apple thinks it’s ready to show up. Even the iPad took years in conception, with countless tablet sketches and leaks, patents, and more. Now that it’s out, it’s making us none the more efficient.

So what about when Apple’s bringing out updates to product lines? There’s some unrealistic expectations there, too. I get it; there are definitely some features they could add to the next iPhone that aren’t here right now. Companies internationally have invested in technologies like NFC, which the iPhone notably does not have. Are there any other major features that the iPhone could have that doesn’t? Would adding these make the iPhone a “breakthrough”?

The first generation itself was, no doubt, a breakthrough. Though it wasn’t until the next generation, the iPhone 3G, brought much-needed 3G radios and an A-GPS chip. Oh, and the rest of the world finally got the chance to experience iPhone. Now that the iPhone was suddenly modern, distributed and relevant (and sold like hotcakes), suddenly we’d get the iPhone 3GS. It received a better camera, and you could finally take videos! The iPhone 4 received its controversial case and antenna design, it gave us the glorious Retina display, it was faster, and it finally received a notable 5 megapixel camera with HD 720 video recording.

Now we’ve reached the 4S, 5 and 5s. The changes were mostly in the camera optics, processors, and whatnot. We haven’t been granted a new display, because the screen certainly couldn’t be any more detailed without being a waste. Maybe we could get stereo speakers and some crummy bass-boosting audio codec, but that would fly over pretty quickly. Maybe stick a poor-quality 12 MP camera module on it! Yet, we can only go so far with what we add to it.

Let’s not keep pretending that Apple has to put something magical that will wow everyone into their devices every single year. It’s unrealistic and it’s infeasible.

Incidentally, I am fully supportive of the 5s resulting in people having what amounts to 64-bit supercomputers in their pockets. Bravo.

(How can this not be considered an innovation in the tech press’s minds?)

So. iPhone 5s.

The iSight camera remains, to me, the most important feature in the iPhone. When I forget the EOS M, or it becomes unnecessary bulk (80% of the times I bring it with me, it isn’t) it’s nice to have the iPhone 5 as a backup camera. So I’m curious as to see the significant improvements in the 5s iSight camera. And 120fps video could be immensely helpful/awesome for the stuff I’m videographing, because, really, smooth slow motion does help. (I’d love to see exactly how smooth footage will look as it enters Final Cut.)

Also, leather (RED) iPhone 5s case? Yes please.