Nintendo Merging Handheld & Console Division

#21lp913Posted 1/16/2013 12:31:46 PM(edited)
Now THIS is already laying down the blue print for next gen! Look at Sonys situation with Vita, more and more third parties have gotten to the point to where they don't want to create lesser versions of console games PLUS not make any REAL handheld exclusives anymore, due to the power increase of tablets AND development costs/resources for B-level teams for franchises across ALL platforms.


Nintendo realizes this themselves, and doesn't want to take a chance for huge losses in either division for 9th generation. So, with the further establishment of Nintendo Network the 3DS line of handhelds may be the last for Nintendos TRUE portable. Likewise, Wii U may be the last TRUE Nintendo home console in therory as well.


As a result, the next-gen Nintendo for the 9th generation (2017-2018?) very well may be a TRUE 1:1 Home Console/Handheld Hybrid, in which the next-gen GamePad may very well be capable of being used as a traditional on-the go anywhere gaming handheld as well as the primary controller on the home console. Software for the new machine will be one in the same for third party games, since making one game to run on 1 format without any downgrades or porting to a lesser platform will delight third parties and likely keep Nintendo especially in good standing with them.


THIS is also where you can expect ALL of Nintendo's handheld legacy finally syncing up with the home console and all be playable under Nintendo Network accounts. VC will truly be universal at this point, exactly what many complainers were hoping for between 3DS and Wii U. Not to say that there won't be some of that already this gen, its just that next gen, the tech and the resources will indeed be there to go ALL THE WAY for true Universal compatibility.

Its the most logical step for Nintendo, and it seems that the writing is indeed on the wall for their 9th gaming generations plans. Exciting!
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#22Emerald_MeliosPosted 1/16/2013 12:32:36 PM
aaasdjfkldsfk posted...
It is obvious they can no longer support two different divisions with seperate resources for each. It's just not smart financially because their home console is failing.

They have to merge both.

This is what happens when you cater to causals......


All the main consoles are catering to casuals (look at what the most popular games are overall). But yeah, the 3DS will certainly do better than the Wii U since it is cheaper and doesn't have expensive gimmicks like HD graphics to hold back quality games like SMT4 and Dragon Quest VII.

I do wonder if this means we'll see Miiverse on the 3DS soon.
#23HungoverHero777Posted 1/16/2013 12:35:37 PM
Emerald_Melios posted...
aaasdjfkldsfk posted...
It is obvious they can no longer support two different divisions with seperate resources for each. It's just not smart financially because their home console is failing.

They have to merge both.

This is what happens when you cater to causals......


All the main consoles are catering to casuals (look at what the most popular games are overall). But yeah, the 3DS will certainly do better than the Wii U since it is cheaper and doesn't have expensive gimmicks like HD graphics to hold back quality games like SMT4 and Dragon Quest VII.

I do wonder if this means we'll see Miiverse on the 3DS soon.


Pretty sure they confirmed that'll happen eventually.
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