Nintendo planning on merging their next console and portable systems

wii u and 3ds nintendo hardware merging in the future

Thanks to the evolution of phone hardware, progressing to the point that they are edging ever so closely to the power of home consoles, it made me wonder if we’d ever have a console that you could take with you on the go, and hook up to the television when you got home. It was a few years ago when I thought about this, but it seems like that future might not be so far away.

At one point during a note to investors, Nintendo’s president, Satoru Iwata, talked about the restructuring that Nintendo has gone through:

“Last year Nintendo reorganized its R&D divisions and integrated the handheld device and home console development teams into one division under Mr. Takeda. Previously, our handheld video game devices and home video game consoles had to be developed separately as the technological requirements of each system, whether it was battery-powered or connected to a power supply, differed greatly, leading to completely different architectures and, hence, divergent methods of software development. However, because of vast technological advances, it became possible to achieve a fair degree of architectural integration. We discussed this point, and we ultimately concluded that it was the right time to integrate the two teams.”

and he later speaks of the possibility of future portable systems and home consoles from Nintendo sharing the same architecture:

“…while we are only going to be able to start this with the next system, it will become important for us to accurately take advantage of what we have done with the Wii U architecture. It of course does not mean that we are going to use exactly the same architecture as Wii U, but we are going to create a system that can absorb the Wii U architecture adequately. When this happens, home consoles and handheld devices will no longer be completely different, and they will become like brothers in a family of systems.”

Nintendo seems intent on making smoother transitions to each iteration of hardware, and allowing their portable systems and console systems to share technology and games. This would potentially allow users to upgrade their hardware while keeping the games from their previous system, in addition to having access to the same games on the go and at home.

What do you say? Are you interested in Nintendo’s portables and home consoles merging together to craft a single experience, or do you like that each system has its own experiences? Sound off in the comments below!

Feel free to check out the entire Q&A for more details.

Via: VG247

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