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Nintendo Wii U: The Wii U Was Almost A Portable According to Nintendo President

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has revealed that the company’s successor to the Wii could have ended up as a portable rather than a traditional games console. Speaking to online gaming publication Gamasutra Iwata stated that Nintendo were previously thinking about making the Wii U a standalone system, rather than making it work with a base system. Would you have preferred Nintendo to take the portable route with the Wii U, or are you happy it’s a brand new home console?

“During the roundtable discussions there were such arguments about should we make it capable of being a standalone system or should we make it work only with the [base console] system,”

“We came to the conclusion that this controller is only going to show the images generated and processed by this hardware unit — and sent from the hardware unit wirelessly. That means sharper graphics. A battery couldn’t do that.”


16 thoughts on “Nintendo Wii U: The Wii U Was Almost A Portable According to Nintendo President”

  1. I would’ve liked the possibility of both, so a console AND a portable. portable only would’ve been dull.

    1. Get a power inverter for your card and you can take it with you lol.

      You do realize this is a possibility. In 4 years they could mininaturize the tech and you could put that in your pocket while you use the wiiu controller.

  2. I think we may have misinterpreted the quote.

    He was referring about making the controller stand alone when away from the home console.

    Not the entire console being a portable system.

    If that were the case then it wouldn’t be a home console.

  3. The controller should have been the 3ds or the DSi. They have been trying for years with the GBA and the first DS.

    1. they succeded on the gamecube with the GBA in final fantasy chrystal crhonicles (i think thats the correct name) but only if using MP

  4. P.S. im not gonna be here as often over the summer… shame ill miss out on so much but ill try to check every night on my computer or 3DS

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