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Tekken Boss Thinks Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft Should Get Cosy

Posted by Damien McFerran

Tri-Force?

It's nice to want things. For example, I'm sure many people reading this would love to have a Wii U console sitting under their TV set right now. Or perhaps a brand-new Ferrari on the driveway. Heck, why not wish for your own personal tropical island paradise while you're at it? Go crazy.

It's tempting to surmise that Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada has gone a little crazy with his latest wish. Speaking to News.com.au, Harada-San — who has worked on Namco's premier fighting series for the past 17 years — expressed his belief that Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft should put aside their differences and produce a single console.

For a long time, the game industry has been able to control the way people play games. There was a platform that people used solely for their gaming needs, and the industry had control of the trends and such that occurred. People are able to not be tied down by consoles. And it doesn’t stop with phones, we have browser gaming and all these different platforms. I think it would be interesting if Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo got together just to make one console. It makes me very happy to think about all the possibilities that could occur because of that.

While many have scoffed at this stance, Harada-San's comments hint at a platform agnostic future which is becoming increasingly less ridiculous as the years roll by. Let's not forget that this kind of collaboration has occurred in the past — Nintendo joined forces with Sega and Namco to create the Tri-Force arcade hardware back in 2005. While we think it will be a long time before the three rivals entertain such a notion in the domestic hardware arena, Harada-San's thoughts can't be dismissed as completely crazy just yet — he may well be proven right in years to come.

What do you think? Would you like to see all three major manufacturers join forces to create the ultimate games console, with Zelda, God of War and Fable all available? Let us know in the comments section, as always.

[via news.com.au]

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Smitherenez

#1

Smitherenez said:

They shouldn't make one console together, everyone knows that the competition leads to innovation and distinction.

torotoid64

#2

torotoid64 said:

That would be AWESOME!!!! ^-^ a console with the power of a ps4 the innovation of a wii u and ALL OF THAT FOR A REASONABLE PRICE (xbox 720) I would be in heaven :') All three of them should also team up to make a handheld. That would so put moblie gaming in its place >: D

cammy

#3

cammy said:

Maybe he's just reacting to news about consoles like the Ouya ($99 and running Android) or the discredited rumours of a Steam based box.

I can't imagine it happening though.

seronja

#4

seronja said:

those would be huge profits indeed but let me tell you something... monopoly was never good... and as much as i would LOVE a game system that use the hardware of sony, software of microsoft and 1st party titles of nintendo, there just has to be competition

Squashie

#5

Squashie said:

Haha! This makes me laugh! I couldn't begin to think of how many ways that just wouldn't work! I thought developers understood the industry well...

CommanderAudio

#6

CommanderAudio said:

Microsoft: You know.....
Sony: Not going to forgive Ninty (Or Ninty forgive them) about the Nintendo Playstation debacle anytime soon

In other words, it'd be nice, but there isn't any chance of it happening any time soon

ajcismo

#7

ajcismo said:

Monopolies are never good. Competition breeds creativity. We as consumers still have the ultimate control over what gets released as games and systems, no matter what the Big N's, Sonys, MS's, and Apples say.

Burning_Spear

#8

Burning_Spear said:

This is a bad idea for the same reason why we wouldn't want all the movie studios or automobile makers to combine. Variety is better. I can't see how Nintendo's first-party titles would be better on a system that Nintendo didn't create. Iwata has said that the company's process involves coming up with great gaming ideas and then building a console to accommodate those ideas.

MAB

#9

MAB said:

We can't have this sort of harmony occurring... The NL forum flame war would be silenced forever... Then we will all be mindless zombies agreeing with each other :)

LEGEND_MARIOID

#10

LEGEND_MARIOID said:

I'm comfortable with Nintendo having their individuality and freedom to try out their innovations. However, I can see in the distant future that Sony Entertainment and Nintendo may do some kind of collaboration in hardware. Especially considering the way Sony are going. The big losers in the big 3. Also, there's the emergence of the Apple cult

Klinny

#11

Klinny said:

I would be okay with this. While competition breeds innovation, combining skills can lead to a much higher quality product overall. I'm not sure it would be a Monopoly either, as there is still the PC, mobile, and the new Ouya as cammy mentioned.

Also, if their powers combined, it might leave some room for new developers and new competition to get their foot in the door, as creating a new console is very difficult when there are already three powerhouses.

Not that I find this to be particularly likely, but I think it could have positive results.

kyuubikid213

#12

kyuubikid213 said:

I don't know how to feel about this. I guess it'd be cool to have the exact same system as your friends and others around the world, but the individuality of each company would most likely be lost through the hardware leaving the games to flourish. However, that would be the craziest backwards compatible machine ever. Playing Wii, PS3, and 360 games on the same console. It'd probably be called GameCentral or The Game Portal or something.

adrenochrome

#15

adrenochrome said:

it would probably fit for playstation&xbox : those consoles have the same philosophy and have the same (lack of) personality

i really dont see nintendo interest into merging with the two others

McHaggis

#17

McHaggis said:

Tri-force was the name of the arcade system developed by Ninty, Sega and Namco, so it's not like top companies of the like don't play well together.

SteveW

#18

SteveW said:

Sure... and 20 years ago Nintendo should have hooked up with Sega and Neo Geo, who survived that one?

If this happened today we would have an overpriced system that overheats, plays blu-ray movies and a remote with a funny looking colored ball at the end, no thanks

Ryno

#20

Ryno said:

Of course this guy does, It would lower the overall development costs of the game.

No thanks, I like choices.

grimbldoo

#21

grimbldoo said:

@siconlolz #2
No, we want mobile gaming, it's what may finally put Sony under and make them start being innovative again.

@LEGEND_MARIOID #10
Yeah...since Nintendo is starting to make profit again and Sony is only losing more each year, Nintendo would probably avoid it like the plague (as if they wouldn't already ;)). Apple is focusing on Cloud Gaming, as if anyone has the internet capability for that anyway. Not even Korea could do Cloud Gaming for 30,000 people.

scrubbyscum999

#23

scrubbyscum999 said:

At first it seems like a good idea, but when you think about it it's not. No competition can lead to little innovation. Nintendo may get sucked in by Sony and Microsoft to make a system with all the stuff I don't like about those two. I like being a Nintendo fanboy. Even with all the annoying xbox and sony fanboys I think it's best the way it is. I like the idea of supporting Nintendo, not just some weird general console.

AltDotNerd

#25

AltDotNerd said:

While you're at it, why not get Isreal and Palestine to get along? Or Apple and Google? OR TOM AND JERRY?!

Xiao_Pai

#27

Xiao_Pai said:

We all know that won't happen...I can just see all 3 fighting over designs and whatnot. Sony wants this Nintendo wants that. :p

Hokori

#28

Hokori said:

I can see Sony becoming either 3rd party or making stuff strictly for Nintendos console if the PS4 fails horrible and the Vita stays dead, if they were to do that, I could DL those great FF games onto my wiiU or 3DS, but I don't want them to crash and burn

Nikolai

#30

Nikolai said:

Maybe I would but it is true competition does cause innovation. I would like them to just come together just once then split apart again.

Drewroxsox

#31

Drewroxsox said:

I would love to see Sony and Nintendo merge that would be awesome. You get the innovation and power in one console/handheld. Microsoft and Apple wouldn't stand a chance

Vincent294

#32

Vincent294 said:

That's an awesome Harada picture. He was awesome in the Tekken ad w/ Yoshinori Ono. I actually wouldn't mind if Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft worked on a system, assuming they cooperated and Microsoft didn't try to tack on a pay service and ads.

DivineDope

#38

DivineDope said:

At first, it sounds ridiculous and overkill to me, but you know... I can actually see his vision. The idea that competition inspires innovation may be true but it isn't the whole story. Nintendo themselves stand by the idea that they don't care what the other guys are doing, they're in their own world! They are not inspired by competition. How inspiring is it really to imagine all the ConsoleJuggernauts shaking hands and coming together to make something entirely new? A system that has awesome games like Mario, but isn't lacking in a variety of other DopeGames. No more seperation, ThisGuy vs. ThatGuy, XboxGuy vs. NintendoGuy, Realistic-looking-ShooterGuy vs. Cute-Colorful-NintendoGuy, talkin between fans of different systems, its all silly anyway. and The Best of All Systems together, seems to me like it would not leave any room for CrappyShovelware. And really, if console gaming is ever in any sort of danger, they might just have to work together, or stick to their guns and all crumble on their own. HeHeHe

Henmii

#39

Henmii said:

Of course it would be fantastic if there would be 1 console (Run by either Nintendo or Sony. Microsoft should just bow to them, njah njah njah!!). It wouldn't hurt the game quality at all, since there would still be competition between the different developers! And 1 console would mean a much bigger audience!

We don't have 3 different blue-ray players, so why should there be 3 different consoles?! Well, it's all about pride! Because the one who has the biggest consoles/games sales has the power!!

I am very happy that this guy doesn't mention Apple (he does mention browser-games though). I mean, why partner with a ship that's sure to be sinking?!

TheItalianBaptist

#40

TheItalianBaptist said:

I wouldn't be so quick to create one console, but it would be nice for a cross-platform online game where everyone could pick the system they preferred with special features for each, but not be tied to only their console for network play. It's the best of both worlds, just like Hannah Montana :)

ghostmachine

#41

ghostmachine said:

i agree with this why dont everyone just stop bickering about whos better then who
and put there heads together and just develop the star trek holodeck what more interacting would you possibly need it doesn't get no more interactive then that then we all could chill with niko belic and mario and joke around a campfire the idea of that is priceless video games are created through the process of imagination almost anyone would agree

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