Can you imagine what Nintendo's head office looks like these days? Rows of employees sit at solid platinum desks, writing on notepads made from 100-dollar bills and using former America's Next Top Model finalists as office chairs. Their main task is to sort through the lorryload of riches that arrives each morning, throwing any diamonds smaller than watermelons straight in the bin. For the rest of the day they just roll around laughing, or sometimes sit in solitary contemplation of just how much money they've made, and wipe it on the curtains. Which are made of polar bear pelt.
So what with all those pound coins swilling round their ankles, it's disappointing to learn that Nintendo couldn't stretch to spending a little bit on copyright fees for 100 Classic Book Collection. Or, as someone so succinctly described it in the pub the other night, A Load of Old Books on a Cartridge.
At least the selection of titles is comprehensive; it reads like a Greatest Hits of classic literature, with something to suit all tastes. There's romance (Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights), adventure (Treasure Island, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea), mystery (Sherlock Holmes, Yet More Sherlock Holmes), books based on successful musicals (Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera) and books which are viewed as being politically suspect in retrospect (Uncle Tom's Cabin, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland).