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Nintendo unifying its console and handheld hardware divisions
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January 16, 2013, 18:55:41
 
Link from the ol' boys at IGN.

The gist of it is that Nintendo is merging its 130 console employees and 150 handheld ones into a cohesive unit (presumably for 3DS/Wii U connectivity?). I'm not sure what this'll mean for the quality of their games, but I'm thinking it'll probably be good to have more input from everyone.

What do you guys think? Mustache? Grant?

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Posted: 01/16/13, 18:55:41  - Edited by 
 on: 01/16/13, 18:56:05    
 
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It sounds like a horrible idea! Stay at HOME, away from those nomads!


Posted by 
 on: 01/17/13, 00:35:17
The console/portable hybrid mythical beast should die. It's either a portable or it isn't, it doesn't matter if you can also hook it up to a TV.


Posted by 
 on: 01/17/13, 00:38:54
it could have negative effects like layoffs couldn't it?


Posted by 
 on: 01/17/13, 00:58:00
@GameDadGrant
Must be why our games are about 10,000x better.


Posted by 
 on: 01/17/13, 02:04:12
Well if you think of it next step from Wiiu and 3DS would be a merge. Can't really argue against an Idea of have one platform for home and handheld gaming. Or really could be just make it so the next handheld and console will work together with same services.


Posted by 
 on: 01/17/13, 02:09:19  - Edited by 
 on: 01/17/13, 02:11:25
@Renjaku

Of course it matters if you can hook it up to a TV or not.

If the WiiU pad was capable of playing games in it's own right (i.e not just streaming), does it not become a (large) portable? Something you can put in your backpack and play away from home at least.

And looked at from the other direction, it's would be a portable that you can connect to your TV and play as a home console.


The ultimate goal IMO would be to have a small wireless hardware device that is effectively the console. A device small enough to be taken anywhere, but digitally stores all the games, connects to the internet, etc.

That device would then be capable of streaming to a TV and receiving input from a controller like a traditional home console, or alternatively stream to a portable controller/screen in the mold of a traditional handheld. In the latter case you obviously carry both the console device and the handheld system together whilst you're out and about.

...Of course we're a long way from being able to cram tech that powerful into a device that small. But one day.


Posted by 
 on: 01/17/13, 02:21:29
How come Nintendo is wasting their time with this stuff and not working on hologram technology and holodecks? I want to rescue the princess and battle my Pokemans for real!



Seriously though, if Nintendo does merge their hardwares, the other thing to think about is how will MS & Sony respond? MS doesn't have a clue about handhelds I don't think, and Sony kinda does. The PSP wasn't a disaster, it did OK for itself. And how will 3rd party support stack up? Will 3rd party devs give Nintendo the support they're used to with their handhelds or will Nintendo get the support they're used to with their consoles?


Posted by 
 on: 01/17/13, 02:28:30
@Shadowlink

Both the streamer and the portable thing would have to run on batteries too.


Posted by 
 on: 01/17/13, 02:43:30
@Jargon

True, but it's not a big deal.

You see in this wonderful future, this console is known as the Nintendo Fusion- A no-brainer name if there ever was one . Doubly so as it turns out, because the name doesn't just reference the convergence home and portable consoles. It also refers to the revolutionary power cell based on the stunning advances made in the field of fusion power generation. No need to recharge, the power source will last for decades .


Posted by 
 on: 01/17/13, 03:04:43
My comments earlier were just food for thought, and something of a pipe dream for myself since I wish all games on Nintendo platforms could be played on one platform. I hate having to buy a portable for some games, a console for others. Truth be told, the difference between the two is becoming less and less significant, and instead, they simply keep certain brands' main games (Pokemon) tied to the portable as a safe bet for bringing in cash. For a long time, the portable branch has been the security blanket, with a few exceptions, which is why Nintendo really had to get their shit together in a hurry when they saw the 3DS as sluggish as it was in the beginning.

The simplest truth is that this is probably a decision made from a corporate perspective, one aimed at streamlining the hardware development process, having various teams sharing their ideas, unifying tech, and in the end, saving money.


Posted by 
 on: 01/17/13, 03:44:15
I do believe that the age of the traditional console is coming to an end in another generation or two. Look at how powerful phones and tablets are and fast forward 5 years from now. Why wouldn't you want a device that can serve as a handheld and also stream to the television... and also function as an asymmetric gameplay device like the Wii U pad?

Perhaps the age of gaming on a television is also coming to an end. Have you guys been paying attention to this Oculus Rift VR headset thing? It's fucking cool and an affordable consumer model should be ready in the next year. Imagine the advancements that will be made technology with this technology over the next few years.


Posted by 
 on: 01/17/13, 19:32:06
@Hinph

I don't see VR sets supplanting TVs for gaming anytime soon. Perhaps for bachelors who don't really have people coming over to play games. That's one market it could succeed in. But the advantages of a TV are nearly everyone has one, and more than one person at a time can watch it. It doesn't cost extra to game on a TV unless you're nuts and upgrade your TV for games. VR headsets cost extra. No matter how affordable they are.


Posted by 
 on: 01/17/13, 19:38:55
The main reason I doubt Nintendo would ever make a hybrid machine is because Nintendo currently enjoys selling two machines to all of us suckers. And I think we will buy more games on two machines than we ever would on one.


Posted by 
 on: 01/17/13, 20:03:54
@Guillaume

Yeah, and they aren't appropriate for all games, I guess.

Still, I hope we start to see support for them as soon as the upcoming Sony and MS consoles hit. I can't wait to get my head in one of them and will drop the $300 on day one to do so. Some big names in the industry are already sold on them, so we may even see the next Doom and Half Life supporting them.


Posted by 
 on: 01/17/13, 20:55:55
@Zero
Who knows though. One super machine might be badass and buying portable and home style games would feel awesome knowing you could enjoy BOTH at home AND on the go. Wow, I think I just sold myself on that idea!

Again, my issue is that portable and console style games are very different, and require completely different power levels (sounds like dbz talk lol). It would just be weird to play something with the power of SM3DL and then switch to a Mario game that looks like a Pixar movie. Unless both games sold for appropriate prices...


Posted by 
 on: 01/17/13, 22:25:32
@Zero
I wonder if Grant and Mustache would buy a hybrid console though...


Posted by 
 on: 01/18/13, 06:16:31
@Pokefreak911
If they somehow segregate the console and portable style games why not?


Posted by 
 on: 01/21/13, 03:53:01
Guillaume said:
Not for one second did I think this meant something as radical as Nintendo going handheld-only. Where do those rumors come from?
If the next Nintendo device was a handheld that was very powerful and sported an HDMI port or some kind of wireless video connection that enabled to double as a console that would make me very happy. One Nintendo device, one machine to rule them all.


Posted by 
 on: 01/21/13, 04:29:08
deathly_hallows said:
If the next Nintendo device was a handheld that was very powerful

If wishes were horses...


Posted by 
 on: 01/21/13, 05:43:56
I can dig it.


Posted by 
 on: 01/21/13, 07:20:36
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