Nintendo Boss on iPad: Meh

There may be plenty of interest in Apple's new iPad, but apparently not at Nintendo. Company president Satoru Iwata didn't see anything exciting in Apple's multimedia tablet device, and apparently doesn't see it as a big game changer, according to Forbes.

"There were no surprises for me," Mr. Iwata said.

Apple introduced the iPad at a special media event on January 27 in San Francisco where most attendees seemed excited about the device. The iPad is a tablet form factor device that runs iPhone OS. It includes a 9.7-inch multitouch display, build-in Wi-Fi and optional G3 wireless data connectivity, an ebook reader and online digital book store, and more.

The iPad, according to Apple, is designed to offer more than the iPhone or iPod touch for portable users, but fit in the technology space below laptops.

Mr. Iwata, however, sees the iPad differently. "It was a bigger iPod touch," he said.

Mr. Iwata may have a vested interest in seeing the iPad as just a bigger iPod. His company makes home and portable gaming devices, and the iPad could be seen as a direct competitor to products like the Nintendo DS thanks to Apple's entertainment and gaming push with the iPod touch and now the iPad.

Apple's iPad isn't due to hit store shelves until March, so there are still a few weeks left to see if consumers agree with him and see the iPad as just another iPod, or if it turns out to be much more.