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Device-agnostic titles may be on the way

Nintendo is considering a hybrid approach with its games, allowing 3DS titles to be played on the Wii U and vice versa. 

According to a new report from Kotaku, Nintendo's top game designer Shigeru Miyamoto said that Nintendo may one day bring the two development teams together (meaning mobile 3DS and the Wii consoles) in an effort to allow games to be cross-platform. 

"What I can say is, certainly, within Nintendo the fact that our development environment for our home console is different from the development environment for our portable system is certainly an area of stress or challenge for the development teams," said Miyamoto.

"So as we move forward, we're going to look at what we can do to unify the two development environments."

Shigeru Miyamoto [Source: Gamer Proceed]

This is just a possibility for now, and Miyamoto certainly didn't make a concrete announcement. But with the company's financial and creative hardships as of late, it couldn't hurt to push out device-agnostic titles. Also, this could one day mean buying one title and playing it on various machines. 
This has already largely been done with certain Sony titles, which can be played on the PS3/PS4 and the handheld Vita.

Source: Kotaku

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By EasyC on 6/24/14, Rating: 0
RE: Well...
By sgw2n5 on 6/24/2014 12:30:06 PM , Rating: 2
Not really.

I think if the Wii U was priced (much) more competitively, it would be an easy sell.

Nintendo games, for the most part, are great. Any cross platform game I'd just get for PC anyway.

If it was cheaper, the Wii U would be a fantastic supplement to my PC.

RE: Well...
By EasyC on 6/24/2014 12:51:27 PM , Rating: 2
I'll agree to disagree. It's awkward and the technology was dated on release. The usability aspects were rather lacking. Battery life, touchscreen technology, touchscreen implementation, etc.

Nintendo games have gotten more and more... campy? to me. I was a huge fan of the Zelda series growing up, but once the cartoony one came out, the rest were very lackluster and boringly tedious. I played all the ones on the Wii.

I think if the Wii U was 100$, it would sell well. But it's cheaper than both of the real "next-gen" systems, and people still don't want it.

RE: Well...
By amanojaku on 6/24/2014 1:36:27 PM , Rating: 1
Sure, the Wii U's technology isn't the most advanced, but neither is that found in smartphones and tablets, both of which sell many games. Sure, the Wii U is a bit more expensive than what we'd expect from Nintendo, but so are smartphones and tablets, and many "designer" electronics (e.g. Beats). Neither of those two factors prevent those products from selling, so I doubt the Wii U isn't selling for that reason.

The issue appears to be the lack of games. The Wii was fun and changed the way we interact with consoles, but after a few years the limited number of quality titles took its toll. That, and market saturation. Everyone had a Wii, and nothing worth playing except a handful of games. When the Wii U came out, people expected games and haven't gotten many.

I saw an HD trailer of the LOZ: Twilight Princess, and was amazed at what it could look like on the Wii U. But I didn't care. The game looked fine on the Wii's 480p; it was the gameplay that kept me coming back. I still play the game because it's so much fun! In that respect, older games are better than newer games. You didn't have the fancy graphics hardware to use a crutch, so you HAD to focus on gameplay. FFXII looks amazing (for the time it was released) on the PS2, but I prefer the PS1's FFVII and FFVIII because they were MUCH more fun.

RE: Well...
By marvdmartian on 6/25/2014 7:43:29 AM , Rating: 2
The difference being, the smartphones and tablets were designed with a primary function other than playing games, and game were an add-on. Meanwhile, the Wii U was designed for playing games, and any internet or video watching functions were secondary.

So which would you expect to have better technology for game playing?? You're comparing apples & oranges.

The bottom line is, if Nintendo expected their 2nd generation Wii to be a hot seller, at the price point they introduced it (and even now, slightly less expensive, on sale), they were sorely misinformed. If you expect to put out a lower quality technology product, you have to price it significantly less than the high end of your market, if you expect to capture any business.

Unless, of course, you already have a dedicated fan Apple! LOL

RE: Well...
By BRB29 on 6/24/2014 1:26:14 PM , Rating: 2
Any cross platform game I'd just get for PC anyway.

Most cross platform games are sold for consoles. For example, watchdog saw ~20x more sales from consoles than PC.

Just because you prefer it doesn't mean others will.

RE: Well...
By euler007 on 6/25/2014 11:02:40 AM , Rating: 2
I agree that their games are great, I just don't want to have to buy their console to play them.

My last nintendo console was the N64, a purchase I regretted at the time.

Future of Nintendo...
By rubbahbandman on 6/24/14, Rating: -1
RE: Future of Nintendo...
By Motoman on 6/24/2014 3:24:44 PM , Rating: 3
If Nintendo abandoned hardware they'd become just like Atari and Sega.

Which is to say...they'd become hollow shells doing nothing but licensing old IP. Utterly useless and worthless.

RE: Future of Nintendo...
By sgw2n5 on 6/24/2014 4:18:28 PM , Rating: 2
I completely agree. When I think of Nintendo, I think of fun and engaging 1st party titles, and quirky (gimmicky?) hardware.

Surely it is possible to have the former without the latter, but I just don't see Nintendo doing it.

RE: Future of Nintendo...
By inighthawki on 6/24/2014 6:57:03 PM , Rating: 2
Up until the Wii, there really wasn't very much quirky or gimmicky about any of their hardware, other than maybe the virtual boy and a few differentations on controller layout.

They could absolutely have a successful business model on software alone. You guys act like nobody has done it successfully, yet there are game companies out there that do exactly that and strive on a small number of specific IPs and franchises.

RE: Future of Nintendo...
By Motoman on 6/25/2014 12:08:21 PM , Rating: 3
...are you going to assert that Atari and Sega are "thriving" companies?

There's a one-room office someplace in Hong Kong with a post-it note that says "Sega" on it. There's a temp secretary there that handles licensing Sonic to every stupid game in the world.

Atari is across the hall.

RE: Future of Nintendo...
By inighthawki on 6/25/2014 3:39:11 PM , Rating: 2
I wasn't talking about Sega or Atari. I was simply stating that there are plenty of game companies out there that thrive quite well on software alone.

RE: Future of Nintendo...
By rubbahbandman on 7/7/2014 2:09:12 PM , Rating: 2
How so? Because going software-only is an absolute guarantee you will end up like two failed gaming companies? First off, the future is in multi-platform gaming with huge growth in mobile gaming. Don't believe it? Let's take a look at the financial statements of companies like Supercell, King, Riot Games, the list goes on...

Over the span of 2 years with only 3 software titles Supercell went from a company earning revenues of $50 million a year to $900 million. Riot Games went from an unknown indie-developer in 2008 - 2009 with $7 million of venture capital funding to nearly a billion dollars in revenue. Ever heard of Valve Corporation? With 330 employees they are earning revenues of $2.5 billion with a software-only focus.

Nintendo on the other hand with 7000 employees has seen their revenues drop 14.3% to $6.5 billion with a NET LOSS of $236 million due to an outdated business model literally held back by their hardware business. In fact CANDY CRUSH of all games made more money last quarter than ALL of Nintendo's software titles combined. Think about that for a second...

Nintendo would make a fortune off their old IP currently collecting dust, not to mention a fortune on new titles with a focus on taking advantage of micro-transactions.

RE: Future of Nintendo...
By inperfectdarkness on 6/25/2014 5:27:53 PM , Rating: 3

Nintendo should have come out with a DS player for the Wii-U on day 1. I would have had it on pre-order if that were the case.

I'm still not getting the "underpowered" argument against the Wii-U. Underpowered for WHAT? 1080p gaming? ROFL!

Enough already with the "Nintendo needs to go software only" crap. MS should have done that years ago; actually, they should have never put out the xbox in the first place. Out of 3 generations of xbox, the only one that sold well was due to Sony screwing the pooch on pricing--and even THAT was purely so they would dominate the format-wars.

So here we are with xbox round 3, piss-poor sales, lackluster windows 8, and Sony walking away with the prize. MS should stick to software, because lord knows they aren't innovating on hardware in the console market. Kinect? Don't make me laugh! Ever hear of something called the Sega Activator?

RE: Future of Nintendo...
By rubbahbandman on 7/7/2014 2:26:10 PM , Rating: 2
Correlation does not imply causation.

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