Nintendo Unifying Handheld and Console Divisions in Business Restructure
Posted by Thomas Whitehead
$340 million being invested in a new development facility
While many of us focus exclusively on our latest Nintendo consoles and what games are coming up, it's easy to forget that Nintendo's a rather large corporation that's always evolving and seeking a business edge. While it may crush any perceptions that Nintendo's facilities are populated by Willy-Wonka style shenanigans with awesome games plopping out of colourful machines, there's interesting news about an upcoming restructure of Nintendo's development divisions.
According to a report in Nikkei, Nintendo is currently planning to merge its handheld and console divisions into a single unit in the next month. There are also plans to invest $340 million in a new Kyoto-based development facility to house the teams by the end of the year, with the overriding concept that teams and groups that previously wouldn't interact can work together more closely.
With the Wii U GamePad concept it seems like a sensible move that the teams into one space, with the lines arguably blurring between the two platforms — experiences once only suitable on a handheld or home console now have greater scope to be recreated or enhanced by the other. It could mean more blending of ideas between teams that have typically focused on specific franchises, while we can perhaps hope for more cross-play and interaction between 3DS and Wii U games.
With Nintendo many things are possible, so let us know what you think of the move in the comments below.