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Nintendo Hints At An Additional Platform In The Future

Posted by Andy Green

Because Wii U and 3DS are not enough

Nintendo recently confirmed that it would be merging its handheld and console divisions into one single entity this month. The two departments have always run separately in the past, but Nintendo now feels the time is right to bring them together under one roof.

With the two departments merged, Nintendo's devices will have the same architecture, allowing for software assets to become more transferable.

During a recent Q&A session with investors in Japan, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata revealed more interesting information about the reorganisation, saying if the integration is a success it will open the door for the company to make additional platforms on top of what it already has now.

In terms of our platform integration, as I explained to you a short while ago, we are not saying that we are planning to integrate our platforms into one. What we are saying is that we would like to integrate software development methods, operating systems, and built-in software and software assets for each platform so that we can use them across different machines.

This means that if we manage to integrate our platforms successfully, we may in fact be able to make more platforms. At the moment, we only have our current handheld devices and home consoles because if we tried to make more platforms, our development resources would be spread too thinly. The more we can share software across different platforms, the more development resources will be left for something else.

Iwata said no more than that, but it was certainly an interesting point. Could Nintendo have plans for another device to add to the Wii U and 3DS — not to forget Wii and DS? It's not known what kind of device Nintendo would look into developing; it currently has predominant home and portable consoles so we're not quite sure what Nintendo has up its hypothetical sleeve. Maybe the Nintendo Phone is just around the corner — surely not.

What are your thoughts on this interesting revelation by Satoru Iwata? Do you think Nintendo should release more platforms, or should it concentrate on the ones it already has? As ever, let us know in the comments section below.

[via nintendo.co.jp, siliconera.com]

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Jonny

#1

Jonny said:

Cue "Nintendo have secret high powered machine for real gamers" rumours in 4..3...2..

Cipher

#4

Cipher said:

Nintendo's tried the "third pillar" approach before, with Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS, and neither the Game Boy Advance nor the Nintendo DS respectively lasted very long after the new system came out.

What I would like to see happen in the future is more hardware options for new system launches. Sort of like if the Nintendo 3DS and the Nintendo 3DS XL both launched at the same time - and similar to two (three in Europe) different Wii U bundles launching at once. This sort of variety is what I hope to see from these comments - it would make a lot of people happy too.

the_shpydar

#5

the_shpydar said:

I can't help but wonder if this is a translation snafu — perhaps what he said was intended as referring to potential development for other platforms (e.g., smart phones, tablets), rather than actually developing different platforms/hardware.

Whopper744

#6

Whopper744 said:

Not really sure what 'real gamers' means @Jonny, but I am interested to see what they will be able to do with their additional resources. Hoping for a pleasant surprise from them before long.

Cipher

#7

Cipher said:

@the_shpydar It's translated by Nintendo (or at the very least it's published on the official Nintendo website), so it's accurate. :)

Lan

#8

Lan said:

I love hearing about this. I can't wait to see what's next.

TrueWiiMaster

#9

TrueWiiMaster said:

The only thing I could think of is the Nintendo phone, maybe in collaboration with Samsung. It could work alongside their current platforms as long as it didn't get the same games. In other words, app games from Nintendo on a smartphone, plus VC games. Of course, it would also get many 3rd party apps like the other smartphones get. Nintendo's games would just be exclusives. As long as it had flip out buttons, I'd definitely be interested.

rjejr

#10

rjejr said:

Pokedex ;-)

Not exactly a huge imaginative jump from the Wii U Gamepad to a real Wi-Fi enabled tablet which could also be used to make phone calls. Though admittedly I look like an idiot making phone calls on my 7" Tab 2.

I don't know about the EU but there are at least a half-dozen tablets aimed at kids in the $149 - $199 range in the US, mostly at TRU. Might as well make 1 with a picture of Mario on it.

ThreeD33

#11

ThreeD33 said:

I swear if they release a super wii u with ultra HD graphics and 4k resolution id be so mad, but id probably buy it in the end anyways....... but this sounds intresting. My idea would be a portable that interacts with the wii u some how. I wouldn't be mad at that.

CrazyOtto

#13

CrazyOtto said:

I never thought of the DS as a third pillar. I knew it was supposed to replace the Game Boy Advance after a short while. They just used the third pillar stuff so they'd make another Game Boy if the DS failed. I think releasing a super hardcore console as a third pillar would work if they were still supporting the original Wii as well, but releasing a super hardcore console as a third pillar alongside the much pricier Wii U would do nothing but hurt Nintendo even more.

MrWalkieTalkie

#18

MrWalkieTalkie said:

Please. I have enough on my hands as it is with Wii U & 3DS. No more consoles for now, Nintendo... only games.

timp29

#19

timp29 said:

To me it sounds more like - when we make the next console, we will be able to mobilise more staff to develop software for it, so that there isn't the software slump like we are currently experiencing. I kinda feel like the WiiU has been a little rushed because of this lull in Nintendo's IPs hitting the WiiU.

ShadJV

#21

ShadJV said:

Wait wait wait... I never considered a Nintendo phone. I don't know what to do there! I'll admit I'm a Nintendo fan but I also have enjoyed my iPhone... Really, unless Nintendo did something clever my only reason to consider it would be exclusives... I think Nintendo should stick to two platforms though.

Beta

#24

Beta said:

"One home console and one portable at a time please..."
"Please. I have enough on my hands as it is with Wii U & 3DS. No more consoles for now, Nintendo... only games."
THIS^ 'Nuff said.

Lalivero

#25

Lalivero said:

Instead of this generation(since it would be a bit much), it would be interesting to see a phone/handheld hybrid next gen. Like @TrueWiiMaster said, I'd be all over flip out buttons and a slot to make it's regular cartridge games possible.

A Nintendo handheld that I'd be getting like all past others that is also functional like a regular (smart) phone? I don't care how dumb a lot of people think that'd be, it's a match make in heaven if you ask me.

Shanksta

#28

Shanksta said:

From the way I see it, I read nothing about a new device or console. It just sounds like they are using 'platform' in the context of 'computing platform' which primarily focuses on the OS, GUI, and software framework.
Maybe I'm wrong I just thought it sounded like they have plans to integrate 3DS and WiiU's software, possibly to link to Android. (Could've sworn there was a Miiverse app coming out, correct me if I'm wrong)

NinGamer85

#29

NinGamer85 said:

Maybe they are working on a high-powered machine that will be able to use the gamepad again after Wii U or toward it's end. That would be really cool. Something to come along well before the end of PS4 or 720 that can out perform them, still play Wii U games, and be future ready. I don't care what it costs. Wii U can run unreal 4 engine and I think the gap is going to be much smaller between consoles this time than it was 6 years ago.

Ed_Rod

#30

Ed_Rod said:

Maybe they saw the Occulus Rift and Project Shield. Have to be ready for those.

MarioIdent

#32

MarioIdent said:

Perhaps a tablet that can be used with the Wii U AND seperatly or a phone... perhaps a Nintendo OS instead of Android/iOS. The next Wii or home video game system should use the tablet (which will be HD, Multitouch, possibly 3D Sterostopic, and have both inner and outer HD cameras) and the games console will be able to do 4K resolutions. :O The next DS will have much bigger screens, multitouch, second circle pad, much better camera resolutions, Wii U/Next Wii connectivity, Miiverse 2.0, better social network connectivity, video/party chat whilst playing games....... if only......

skjia

#38

skjia said:

Couldn't this just be referring to using MiiVerse on smartphones and PCs?

Kagamine

#39

Kagamine said:

Hmm, it's probably nothing, but if it is something fingers crossed for a Nintendo Phone. Android based, with exclusive apps (By that Imean e-shop games). As long as it retains functionality with regular android apps, and it fairly powerful, you have got yourself a pre-order Nintendo.

To bad it won't be happening... sigh

SteveW

#40

SteveW said:

I think it would be neat if they released a retro console and maybe make some of the cartridge games available again.. an HDMI Nes or SNES! :)

DePapier

#41

DePapier said:

Iwata couldn't stop mentioning in Nintendo Directs how Miiverse would integrate with "future Nintendo devices." Maybe that's a step for Nintendo to come back to its sources on the side, developing niche platforms like what the Virtual Boy was supposed to be. Obviously the 3DS and the Wii U are to stay as THE handheld and home consoles, but with a common infrastructure now Nintendo can go as wild as they had always been! :D

HandheldGuru97

#42

HandheldGuru97 said:

We saw how well this worked out with the DS, Gameboy Advance and Gamecube. I don't think Nintendo will be trying it again.

SCAR392

#44

SCAR392 said:

I don't really see what they could make... It would have to be something that doesn't ONLY play games, which I don't really see them doing. Maybe they could get away with charging for 4g phone service, and have benfits across all platforms. I would take this announcement with a grain of salt, even though it's from Nintendo themselves. They are saying things, but they don't make sense right now from their background history. Maybe the other markets ARE getting too big for them not to join the fun...

Einherjar

#45

Einherjar said:

A WiiU Gamepad + 3DS hybrid comes to mind, wich sounds awesome and weird at the same time :D
Other than that, i dont see nintendo producing a phone of some sorts.

C7_

#46

C7_ said:

Not quite sure what they're planning; this hasn't exactly been tried before and they have all their bases covered outside of PC's and phones. I'm very much skeptical about this, I think they should be putting more efforts into making their online acceptable by today's standards and making more system-selling software.

And what is this nonsense that they've done this before and failed? Of course the GBA died after th DS was released; the DS was the improvement and next-step, not an alternative. Same thing with the DS to 3DS; any games being developed for the older one are either leftover projects from before the newer console or the developer is not goin to move to the newer one until it has a bigger installed base. That's why all recent consoles have backwards compatibility.

Zombie_Barioth

#48

Zombie_Barioth said:

Of course being Nintendo a "new platform" could be anything under the sun, I don't think anyone could ever fathom whats going on in their heads.

I could see them at least doing more with the mobile market, but a phone would be cool if not unlikely as long as its fully functional with slide-out controls.

Emaan

#49

Emaan said:

This sounds similar to the "third pillar" that became the DS way back in 2004. Very interesting, but if history repeats itself, this could spell trouble for the 3DS.

SanderEvers

#50

SanderEvers said:

Or they are going to buy back the PlayStation trademark from Sony and it's going to be a PS4 :p

NintyMan

#51

NintyMan said:

Two platforms, one home and one handheld, works fine to me. I'm not sure what alternate third route Nintendo could take that would share the stage with the 3DS and Wii U without interally competing with them, but Nintendo could always find a way.

For now two consoles with the games they provide is enough for my wallet and I. A third platform with its own games on top of what the 3DS and Wii U provide would set my wallet and others' wallets on fire.

SpindaMaster

#53

SpindaMaster said:

This is Nintendo. If they are thinking about another system, it's probably going to be something entirely new that no one's ever seen before xD

Moshugan

#56

Moshugan said:

The merging is propably a good thing. The main thing they are trying to achieve is unifying tha architecture of the hardware and software, as in they're trying to keep up with the times by attempting to create one unified Nintendo ecosystem.
I think it's still highly conceptual so it is way too early to talk about actual devices.
We're talking about the next gen after 3DS and Wii U.

CanisWolfred

#60

CanisWolfred said:

A third platform would be...interesting. Not sure where they could go, though.

But somehow I don't think they're actually hinting at a new platform just yet. But your guess is as good as mine...

ThreadShadow

#61

ThreadShadow said:

Probably a slick NES grey Nintendo Tablet that folds in half, and when unfolded joins seamlessly.

Moshugan

#62

Moshugan said:

@Einherjar A Wii U GamePad / 3DS hybric crossed my mind too as an alternative. You would only have to buy a single hardware package and be able to play the games from both platforms. It's a bit hard to envision a practical way of doing that though. If the hybrid wasn't portable, that would defeat the point. It would be problematic if it was too big or too small.

bizcuthammer

#64

bizcuthammer said:

If it's a Nintendo branded phone, I'll buy it, but if this is hinting at a "third pillar," in the way that the DS was supposed to be alongside the GBA and Gamecube, then I'm against it. DS was supposed to be a new brand that would continue alongside the gameboy and nintendo's home console. Instead, it ended up killing the GBA, and there are currently no new gameboy models to speak of. I don't want that same thing to happen to either the 3DS or the Wii U. I can't afford to buy a "third pillar" at the expense of the pricy machines I just bought last year.

MYCO

#65

MYCO said:

ITS OK BUT SOFTWARE SHOULD BE FOR THE WII U FIRST WE BEEN WAITING FOR GAMES FOR A LONG TIME OK

SCAR392

#66

SCAR392 said:

@bizcuthammer
I knew GBA was going to disappear as soon as I saw the DS. It still had GBA, which made the transition easier, but it as no doubt WAY better than GBA at the time, so I can see why it replaced it. I think their 'third pillar' idea THIS time will actually be a 'third pillar' this time if they decide to do so, instead of one of the pillars taking place of another one like DS did with GBA.

Slapshot

#69

Slapshot said:

@SCAR392 No, actually you shouldn't take it with a "grain of salt." Nintendo already has an app on the iOS Marketplace and I'm willing to bet it's doing very well for itself. Both the 3DS and the Wii U aren't ripping off shelves outside of Japan, so why would they bring another console onto the market? They won't. Instead, it's very likely that the rumoured Miiverse App is coming onto the iOS and Android Marketplaces, where they will expand their brands interest outside of Nintendo products alone.

SCAR392

#71

SCAR392 said:

@Slapshot
Maybe I should rephrase that... We should take the specualtion regarding this topic with a grain of salt. We have no idea what they are planning.

HawkeyeWii

#73

HawkeyeWii said:

I will be sooo pissed if they release another home console within the next two years. I just got a Wii U and am not going to get another home console until at least 6 more years. At least that is the plan.

Sam_Loser2

#74

Sam_Loser2 said:

I barely had enough for my Wii U and 3DS, I don't want to shell out again for just a console when there's games to be had.

fortius54

#75

fortius54 said:

You know he has something up his sleeve. They mention HD and about how they really wanted to do something different with it. In a year or two, Wii U is here. They have something in mind. We may not here about it for another year, but they are working on something.

Henmii

#76

Henmii said:

Quite simply: I want the 3DS and the Wii u to last at least 5 years! If for example another Nintendo home-console will be revealed pretty soon, no way will I buy a Wii u! Money doesn't grow on my back!!

By the way: It could also be, gulp, the Nintendo Phone (please, NO!!)!

bloodycelt

#77

bloodycelt said:

Usually platform means the OS/APIs that Games/Software are built on. So in this case it would be something like Virtual Console, DSiWare - not another physical device.

Setrodox

#79

Setrodox said:

A console at home and gaming on the go. Who needs a 3rd pillar? What I hope the integration means is better services: natural-cross-platform games (like what their doing with Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate), unified network IDs across platforms, cloud saves, a Virtual Console across platforms so you don't have to re-buy games for simple new features...

Capt_N

#80

Capt_N said:

@Moshugan: The Playstation was born partially due to Nintendo. If you are familiar w/ the CD-I(, or more infamously the Youtube videos of badly drawn Mario, & Zelda characters?), in short: this was an attempt by Nintendo, to give the Super Nes a cd-rom add-on accessory. Nintendo back then had also made plans w/ Sony, for the same possible cd-rom add-on device. Sony decided to make the console its own stand-alone system, when Nintendo backed out of their dealings w/ Sony. The CD-I comes in, b/c Nintendo had agreed to let Phillips use some of their characters in games for the CD-I. Since these games were not made by Nintendo, & probably mainly b/c these games have a horrible reputation, Nintendo doesn't officially recognize them.

@SteveW: I've often thought about that, not just Nintendo either. Of course, I can almost guarantee the quality, & build (of both systems, & carts/cartridges) would not be exactly like those systems/cartridges (actually once) were, in terms of durability/workmanship/etc.

@C7_: "any games being developed for the older one are either leftover projects from before the newer console or the developer is not goin to move to the newer one until it has a bigger installed base. That's why all recent consoles have backwards compatibility." I might have thought of that in the past, but that's a good point you make.

As for me, I prefer my phone to be a phone. I have seen, & know of many times where a smart phone that has not been able to call, whereas a regular cell phone can easily call, mainly b/c it's designed to be primarily a phone, so battery, & internal circuitry is solely for the phone to function just as a phone. A second reason is non-smart phones generally have superior construction, compared to smart phones.

A Miiverse you can access by other means outside WU, & eventually 3ds has already been mentioned by Nintendo, but I'm going to say this means simply more similarity between handheld/console systems, &/or corporate climate structures.

I don't believe Nintendo will yet go into phones, since they said recently in the past year no to that, however they also said no more than only a Mario, or 2 per console. We've already heard about a new Mario title for WU, so Nintendo going back on what they've said is not a new concept; It is possible that like @Neram: said that WU is indeed turning into a stopgap system, or will eventually in the eyes of the shareholders.

sonicriders

#81

sonicriders said:

Hmm....I'm thinking of possibly an iPod to iPhone approach: the 3DS could be for the kids who obviously don't need/can't get a phone, while an actual 3DS styled phone could be for the older kids/older audience that want both a phone and a gaming system.

Maybe they could also make the Wii U GamePad a stand-alone tablet! :O That would be awesome!! And than, of course, the Wii U console would be the big daddy! Home to the big, bad, hardcore stuff!

Ok, maybe the phone is kinda off, but who wouldn't want a Nintendo Tablet that would actually work without the console itself? That would be sweet!

DerpSandwich

#82

DerpSandwich said:

Imagine this:

It's a few generations from now, where even the smallest of devices contain incredible power for very little money. Nintendo's home console and handheld become one. We have one device which we can play on the go or stream to our TV, even with the option of using a larger, more comfortable controller.

It's basically the opposite of what this article implies, but dang, if that's not an exciting idea.

iphys

#83

iphys said:

I'd like it if the next gen the home console and handheld become one. I'm also wondering though if Nintendo realizes they might eventually have to abandon ship when it comes to hardware and focus on software that can run on more multifunctional devices, so maybe there's no actual Nintendo system in the works.

SCAR392

#84

SCAR392 said:

I wouldn't call it a 'stop-gap' console. It brings new things to the table, and can do what it needs to to meet TODAY'S standards, plus some. We will see better tech in other consoles, but those aren't out RIGHT THIS MINUTE. Wii U is the best console you can get RIGHT NOW. I have nothing against other consoles, but Sony/Microsoft's next gen consoles don't even exisist, so Wii U is winning IMO. I think software like Miiverse and Pokedex Pro could show up on other devices, as their strategy to spread across devices. It's funny how everyone automatically thinks phones and multimedia portables will be Nintendo's next piece of hardware, which no doubt is a possibility, but that's not Nintendo's interest business wise.

TheAdza

#85

TheAdza said:

A home console/portable tablet/phone hybrid console sounds like the best thing ever. If Nintendo had a home console that did everything the Wii U does like WiiTV and other non game functions, coupled with a controller that streams like the gamepad, that could be dual screen, could even be glasses free 3D like the 3DS, but with the ability to not only stream games from the console to it, but have hardware that will allow the games to be played totally portable. If both future Nintendo home and portable consoles featured the same architecture on the inside, it would only require one purchase of a single game and yet be playable either at home or on the go. Multiplayer asymmetrical or not could be achieved through classic style controllers or other streaming only screen controllers, or another controller from another persons system. Imagine finally having a pokemon game that is entirely portable yet playable on your large tv at home when your not out and about. Same for monster hunter and other street pass enabled games. This could be where Nintendo are going? If the Wii U doesn't sell as well as expected, Nintendo could find themselves trying to launch a new portable and home console at the same time. A costly venture for a company that has struggled most recently with its last two hardware launches being fairly close together. Obviously some games might stay on the base station like Wii Fit and other games that might use remotes, but most games will be developed so that both experiences both home and portable will be the same. There would be almost twice as many first party coming out as there wouldn't be teams working on a 3DS game and then a Wii U game next. It would just be the one game, and therefore more time for new games. I really don't know how a phone experience would enhance it, but having a wireless connection of some sort would be good for the portable side of it. One eshop. One platform, but two main ways to play. At home or portable. It might just be the only way Nintendo will survive in the aftermath of the smartphone/tablet scene with the added stress of new Sony and Microsoft consoles plus others like the Steam Console and TVs with cloud gaming capabilities. What seems to bring Nintendo undone isn't completely the lack of 3rd party games, it's just the lack of games in general. First party games sell well, but if Nintendos teams were focused on one experience rather than different games for different systems we would see a much higher rate of games released. I guess we will just have to wait and see but it's a good theory. The Wii U seems like a stepping stone in trying to get there.

Vincent294

#86

Vincent294 said:

My 2 guesses:

  • Nintendo PC: hooks up to your TV and runs Windows 8. With the Nintendo app launcher, your PC will boot into Wii U mode.
  • Nintendo Phone: a 3DS w/ a CPP built-in, 3G/4G support, a better mic, better cameras, a better CPU + more ram (for more multitasking apps), and runs like the PC I mentioned earlier, but w/ Android 4.0.
EvisceratorX

#87

EvisceratorX said:

Once you get all the software slumps sorted out on the current consoles, then we can talk about more consoles, Nintendo...

AVahne

#89

AVahne said:

A home console and a handheld console...perhaps a return to Gameboy with a small console like the Micro with simplistic controls but with 3DS-level graphics? Or maybe a Virtual Boy 2 that actually displays more colors and is light to wear?
Actually, now I want a Virtual Boy 2 that can act as its own console with its own library of games and wireless controller AND can act as a peripheral for Wii U and 3DS games that get added functionality. And PC and smartphones with enough modding.

AVahne

#90

AVahne said:

@Cipher
Just what are you talking about? Their third pillar strategy was Gamecube, GBA, and DS. A home console, a traditional handheld, and an advanced handheld. GBA lasted very well in terms of games sales, but was still largely overshadowed by the DS which eventually made the DS to be considered as the successor of the Gameboy line later on. 3DS is an entire generation away from that entire strategy.

Nukarmer

#91

Nukarmer said:

I think it would be logical for them to release a Nintablet - a portable tablet similar to Wii U GamePad, which can be used as a standalone device to browse Internet and of course to play games from NES, SNES, GBA, (N64, Gamecube) and that could be hooked up to Wii U as a second GamePad, or even to a TV as a universal remote. this could give more people access to eShop, as well as an incentive to try and buy a Wii U.

LEGEND_MARIOID

#92

LEGEND_MARIOID said:

I think everyone above have covered what it could possibly be: 1. A 3rd device (most likely tablet), 2. Merely a term for 3DS + Wii U integration, 3. Ninty making software for other platforms (iOS, Steam), 4. A new Steam-style "platform" from Nintendo, 5. A new actual gaming device altogether (not neccesarily a tablet). Personally I think its risky for Nintendo. A roll of the dice if they do it. Most likely it'll be a tablet device we'll see in 2 years. May be wrong.

Kage_88

#93

Kage_88 said:

@4 & 91 -Yeah, I was also going to mention the whole 'third pillar' thing Nintendo tried once. I would argue that it was somewhat of a failure, because Nintedo failed to maintain the Game Boy brand alongside the Wii and DS (their individual successes notwithstanding).

Still, the marketplace is a different beast now, so I wouldn't blame Iwata for trying something similar again. I seriously doubt it would be some sort of super-duper 'hardcore' gaming console; but rather an extended platform that would allow them to bring their games and services to a wider audience. We're already seeing Miiverse for smartphones...maybe it could be some sort of smartphone extension of the Nintendo Network?

retro_player_22

#94

retro_player_22 said:

@Cipher
Nah they tried it way before that as well with Super NES, Game Boy Pocket, and Virtual Boy being the third pillar. Since Virtual Boy sucks, they basically killed it for good.

Jumanji_Arcade

#95

Jumanji_Arcade said:

Good to see handhelds and console capabilities merge I say. Imagine playing your Wii U (well the console after Wii U anyway) wherever you go. I feel that is what Nintendo are aiming for, and the next console is almost always in dev when the current one is new because it takes so long to do it right. Imagine wildly flailing around a wii motion plus remote during those boring moments trapped on the bus, in the cinema or during a funeral. Absolute gaming perfection.

PinkSpider

#96

PinkSpider said:

I just want to see the virtual console migration across both platforms if I download a NES game on Wii u I want to be able to have it on my 3ds. It's stupid having to by the same game twice.
Also looking forward to the Nintendo app when they release it, to be hones its something that should be avalible already

DarkNinja9

#97

DarkNinja9 said:

wow this sure is interesting but to me it isnt more about them coming up with a new console or something right away i think its the fact that they want to develope more features that work with all there products that comes out and can work together(like using the 3ds as a gamepad) or more features like miiverse :P

everyone is saying nintendo phone but when you think about it they dont have anything on phones nor have they tried yet there just about to try that miiverse app so after they see how that goes we might not see them try to work on a phone o.O so it has to be something else

Kirk

#100

Kirk said:

I'n not really sure you need more platforms, Nintendo.

Just get the current ones nailed and I think most people would be happy.

drdark

#101

drdark said:

"Revelation"?
My only thought is "I already had these thoughts from when Iwata started talking about Miiverse." Go watch the pre-E3 Nintendo Direct again.

I still don't have any thoughts on what the specific platform could be though.
And sorry, but haven't had time to read other comments on this story yet.

Haywired

#102

Haywired said:

There are already too many gaming platforms these days anyway. I wouldn't be surprised if you could download and play games on the latest toaster. Less is more, I say.

Deathgaze

#103

Deathgaze said:

It could be a long shot here, but...

Anybody remember the hype building up to the DS? Nintendo stated that the DS was NOT a successor to the GameBoy, but merely it's own thing. So, maybe we will be seeing a new GameBoy? One screen, no touch screen. Just pure gaming. "GameBoy II", I like that name. :)

Rect_Pola

#107

Rect_Pola said:

Whoa, whoa, whoa. They've been pushing interconnectivity all these years and their dev houses weren't working together?

Henmii

#108

Henmii said:

"Maybe the Wii U really is just a stopgap system...?"

That's what I am fearing, especially now that the Wii u isn't a gigantic succes!

It looks like the Wii u is just the Wii hd some annalists predicted! Minus the tablet controller of course.

ShaneG235711

#110

ShaneG235711 said:

Nintendo needs a Vita. Would love to take my Wii U games on the go. Maybe this is what they intend to do, and why they're not selling Wii U GamePads outside of Japan.

UnseatingKDawg

#111

UnseatingKDawg said:

Well, they are saying they want to branch MiiVerse out to tablets and smart phones. Maybe they'll make one of those.

c1pher_c0mplet

#112

c1pher_c0mplet said:

Unified software architecture? DUH, Nintendo! But glad they're considering such now. It should make overall software integration super-easy and Nintendo products even simpler to use.

EaZy_T

#114

EaZy_T said:

If they're planning to kill the 3DS and Wii U this early in their respective cycles, I think I'd just stop playing video games altogether.

edcomics

#115

edcomics said:

I can't imagine there's a need for games in another platform other than home and portable. Nintendo Bathtime - Waterproof Game Console? The only thing that makes sense would be the Nintendo Phone, but would that take the place of a standard portable? Maybe not. I suppose the portable would be less expensive. The phone would be smaller but would have phone capabilities, etc, and the home console... well, yeah.

pntjr

#117

pntjr said:

I apologize, but no self-respecting man with dignity will be walking around carrying a Nintendo Phone.

bensju

#122

bensju said:

could be as simple as apps for other platforms or.....some kind of home leisure device that acts as a bridge between the two devices...like a wii u fit board, dock the 3DS to keep the pedometer count up when weighing yourself and other activities carrying the Wii u remote around the house.

alexc_2001

#123

alexc_2001 said:

I agree on the Virtual Boy 2 hypothesis... The Wii was basically the NES v.2; the peripherals and software for the NES follow the same idea as for the Wii, except that on the NES they were adapted to the technological limitations of the time.

I am ready to bet ALL my cash that they are preparing Sports software for this Virtual Boy 2 machine. Nintendo has understood that the key to the mass market is sports and fitness software.

They can't beat EA when it comes to major league games, but they can supplant anyone when it comes to game mechanics because they have complete control over the hardware and the software.

Mascarpino

#124

Mascarpino said:

I hope Nintendo doesn't make a new platform any time soon. They need to let the 3DS and WiiU have more time. We need at least another 4-5 years(at least!) until a new system. I just got a 3DS(XL) in November and I don't want to have to miss out on the next system for a long time only because I already have a 3DS.

I may just not be understanding what they're trying to do. But I really just want more attention on what we already have.

Haha, nintendo Phone, now that wouldn't be half bad. xD as long as they don't make games on it that I can't get on my 3DS.

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