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Topic: Could a Wii U mini be made and 2 USB ports and the SD Card Slot removed to cut costs (gets technical)?

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WhereEaglesDare

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skywake wrote:

@BanjoThreeie
The Wii U is deeper but it doesn't take up much more space than the optical drive itself. If they shrunk it they wouldn't be able to reduce the size dramatically. Compare that to the size reductions possible with the launch 360, PS3 and PS2. The PS3 in particular is about a third of the size of the original one. So no, they're not going to be able to reduce the size of the Wii U enough to warrant an entire redesign. Internal efficiency improvements and cost reductions? Always. Redesigns? What's to improve? Isn't it small enough already? They'd go back to the drawing board for an extra USB port?

Their portable console revisions have been largely defined by improvements in size and screen tech. OLED is one such advance. High end phones already use OLED screens and as time goes on OLED screens will become cheaper to produce than LCD screens. You also missed the bit where I said some kind of revision to the GamePad which may or may not include an OLED screen is a "maybe" in the medium term compared to the console revision which I put as "highly doubtful". ;)

Wrong, the PCB is basically the entire length of the system at the the bottom and could possibly be shrunk in size, it doesn't look that busy.
About OLED you're ignoring the fact that screen tech is advancing rapidly and has been for quite a while.

OLED will be more expensive for the rest of the Wii U's life, that's easy to guarantee... No chance. That's highly doubtful if anything, whereas a cheaper to produce Wii U is a near certainty. remember the component video port being removed from later Gamecubes? The early N64's had 2 RAM chips 9or 3 with the expansion) instead of 1, etc. Cheaper hardware means Nintendo might bite on an actually competitive price poitn, as it is, the Gamepad, bless it, costs

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skywake

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@BanjoThreeie
No need to get so aggressive. I simply said that one of the major reasons for a full redesign across the consoles is to make the console smaller. I said that the Wii U "is just as small as the Wii was" because it effectively is. I don't think any major improvements can be made to the appearance of the console itself to justify the effort. Making it a tiny bit shorter isn't going to turn heads... mostly because you never see that part of the console anyways.

The GamePad however can be improved and introducing OLED is one such advance. Also no, a console redesign doesn't necessarily have to be gimping of the hardware and scaling back. As I mentioned the portable consoles have had a much larger share of revisions and most of them have been in the "better tech" direction. The GameBoy Color was a Gameboy with a colour screen, the GameBoy Pocket had an improved screen, the GBA SP included a backlight, the DSLite, DSi and DSiXL all improved on the screens of their predecessors. More recently we got the 3DSXL. If they are going to do a redesign the GamePad is where they can improve on things the most and if it's a few years down the track OLED could be one of the things on the table.

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