Nintendo Chief Mum on Sony After iPad Lesson

The children’s game “telephone” offers a valuable lesson on how a message can get warped and distorted as it passes from one person to another. For all of its positive attributes, the Internet can function at times like a giant, global game of “telephone.” Just ask Nintendo Co. President Satoru Iwata.

Speaking to investment analysts on Friday, Mr. Iwata fielded a question about his impressions of Sony’s new handheld game machine, which was unveiled on Thursday and is seen a competitor to Nintendo’s own forthcoming portable game system, the 3DS.

Mr. Iwata offered his standard response that it’s not his place to comment on products from other companies. Nintendo is not concerned about what the competition does, he added, because the company’s singular focus is to make its products as appealing as possible to customers.

Then he offered another reason why he doesn’t like to comment on other company’s products. About a year ago, he was asked at another meeting with analysts about his thoughts on Apple Inc. iPad -– a newly-announced product at the time.

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