Nintendo's Portable Console Adds Services

The Japanese giant has made its DSi gaming console into an all-purpose gizmo that can act as a guide, map, or reference book

Imagine walking into a classroom, an art museum, or a mall and switching on your gaming console to take a test, learn more about a Picasso painting, or find a shop that sells sneakers. It's not such a far-fetched idea. Nintendo's (7974.T) top video game creator, Shigeru Miyamoto, is now exploring ways of turning the company's hit portable DS gaming console into a gizmo that can act as a guide, map, reference book, and coupon dispenser. "We're putting as much energy into building such a system as we would for any game," Miyamoto told reporters in Tokyo on Apr. 9. "We have received a lot of requests."

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