Nintendo Reportedly Unifying Its Handheld And Home Console Divisions

wii_u_gamepad_nintendo_3dsAccording to Nikkei.com, in an effort to see more interaction and cooperation between the two, Nintendo is planning to unify its handheld and home console divisions. The move, if proven to be true, will see employees from both hardware-making divisions merging and moving into a new development building, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year and is near Nintendo’s headquarters in Kyoto. Nintendo allegedly hopes the move will encourage more connectivity between its handheld and home console platforms.

Thanks to IGN, here is a translation of Nikkei.com‘s report:

“Game system development projects are becoming larger and taking longer to complete as the machines become more advanced. Nintendo apparently has its sights set on speeding up these projects by sharing development processes for consoles and handheld devices where possible and by reassigning personnel depending on the situation. It sees interactions between engineers as a potential hotbed of new ideas.”

“In an effort to create more innovative and attractive products, Nintendo Co. will combine the development segments for its home video game consoles and handheld game devices,”

“The decision comes on the heels of recent releases of the Nintendo 3DS portable system in February 2011 and the Wii U home console last month. With more people using their smartphones and tablets for entertainment via the Internet, including games and videos, Nintendo aims to come up with next-generation game systems that will turn heads.”

“The two teams will eventually be integrated and the segment will be organized by function, such as circuits, mechanisms and design,” quotes the report.

“Game system development projects are becoming larger and taking longer to complete as the machines become more advanced. Nintendo apparently has its sights set on speeding up these projects by sharing development processes for consoles and handheld devices where possible and by reassigning personnel depending on the situation. It sees interactions between engineers as a potential hotbed of new ideas.”

“Such functions are already available with the Wii U, but Nintendo likely hopes to better streamline its products by tapping into such online services as Twitter and video sites.”


63 thoughts on “Nintendo Reportedly Unifying Its Handheld And Home Console Divisions”

    1. Why? What would be the point unless it was for a game like Zelda: Four Swords, or for a Pokemon game?
      Nobody sane would rightly use a 3DS instead of a Gamepad, that’s why the gamepad exists

      1. It would be nice if it functioned as another controller with a view screen without having to purchase more assuming you already have a 3ds, as many millions already do

        1. But the 3DS doesnt have 2 analogs, 2 triggers, or the same sensors, not to mention the screen size might make games difficult if they use more precise touch screen controls.
          Having a game using the 3DS as a control would limit the possibilities.

          1. I totally agree it would be limited, but we all have a 3ds, it could be impimented for certain games. Much better than the lame interaction between game boy advance and GameCube

            1. Well yeah, but the game would have to be made specifically in mind to use it, it couldn’t be used as an optional controller or anything

  1. Hmm….interesting move. I’m wondering if this means that Nintendo is serious about establishing cloud based consoles for it’s next systems. Hmm…….

    1. No! hell no! SCREW CLOUD KEEP IT AWAY UH UH THIS IS NOT CISCO SANE PEOPLE SHOULD PROTEST CLOUD EASE OF ACCESS SHOULD NOT EQUATE TO GIVING UP PRIVACY POSSESSION AND SECURITY

        1. Do you remember scroll troll? Easily the most annoying thing that has ever happened to this site. Especially when that dull Ronald regan speech was posted!

            1. A good 8-10 months ago. Perhaps sikr found a way to block that, with an iPhone it left reading post nearly impossible due to the huge amount of scrolling down

  2. one of the dumbest upgrades Nintendo made was making the 3ds xl come with just a larger screen and no 2nd analog stick

    if I were Nintendo,I was going create the 3ds xl around the innovation of Wii u,I was going to make sure it had a sync button for instant communication with the Wii U and a 2nd analog stick,be able to stream content from the Wii u,and have a resolution like the Gamepad,and a far longer lasting battery life,3DS xl has sold millions,people who own one wouldn’t have to worry about buying a 2nd Gamepad or an accessory to use the 3ds xl as a Gamepad.

    Nintendo done screwed up,I don’t know how they think sometimes.

    1. You’re really an idiot you know that? Shit doesnt have space for dual analogs. Do you even dissect the things you buy? For shame.

    2. Maybe thats because IT WASNT A FUCKING REMODEL!

      Just imagine this a second, ok?
      You buy a 3DS, then ONE YEAR LATER, they say, “oh hey, here’s a new 3DS, thats vastly superior to the other one, including a second analog stick, that developers will use for games from now on, and you cant play them, unless you buy the add on, and have it attatched forever.

      So you wasted however much you paid, and have to pay more for the add on, and you still have one that inferior to the new one.
      How would you feel?
      The XL is only a different choice, for people who maybe dont mind forking out a bit extra for a bigger screen, who dont neccessarily take it outside, and dont need it to be as compact.
      ITS JUST AN OPTION, GET OVER IT.
      No fucking game uses it anyway, and FPS’s are fucking shit, so who cares?

      1. Haven’t you heard ? there’s a wiiu coming out next year with analog triggers and better graphics. It’s called the Wiiu XL. It’s designed to completely screw over existing wiiu owners and contradict Nintendo’s original design.

        (love my XL..)

        I got scared when I read this headline. I thought Nintendo was just making one Handheld/console hybrid in the future lol..

          1. IKR ? We all know that’s not the case though , Nintendo’s game development will have probably doubled since DS.Wii cus now they have more polygons to render with 3D and HD respectively. The next Zelda game is rumoured to have a super triple A budget…

      2. This^
        That’s exactly what happened to me (but with my wii). I got it around late 2010, and when I went to Nintendo channel; what do you know, there’s a brand new 3ds. Then a few months later, the Wii U was announced. It pissed me off. That’s the general jist why I regret getting a wii. (This was before I new about E3 and all of that stuff)

  3. Maybe it’s good, maybe it’s not. But I personally am not a fan of gimmicky ways of playing a game. Nintendo keeps doing these gimmicky things so much that sometimes the games loses the fun aspect. I consider the Wii remote a gimmick. And I never liked it. I never had a Game Boy Advance in the past to test out what it was like to play games Like Zelda Four Swords etc. on the Gamecube (or using the Tingle Tuner in Wind Waker). But I never had any interest in THAT either. And I feel the same about Wii U and 3DS connectivity. I honestly don’t care about it, as long as they don’t screw up the game and force you to play it that way. Every game should have different control schemes to choose from.

  4. Sounds great! I’m just wondering why they didn’t do this years ago. The possibilities for this current generation are obviously limited, but I’ll bet the next generation of console and handheld will be killer

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