Nintendo Consolidating Handheld and Console Game Development

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#1 Posted by charizard1605 (82615 posts) -

Further proof, if any was needed, that Nintendo gets handhelds, and that instead of treating them as second class citizens, doomed to get outsourced spin offs of main franchises like some other company I could name, Nintendo views its handheld business to be as important as its console business.

Nintendo will be unifying its previously separated handheld and console development structure under this unified development headquarters. This is Nintendo's first large-scale dev. structural change in 9 years. The unification is being done to promote sharing of know-how, basic skills, and to optimize development. Nintendo also aims to increase linkage between handheld and home consoles, along with raising their (as in their consoles and handhelds') affinity with the internet. Nintendo hopes this structural change will lead to the development of revolutionary new hardware.

In addition to consolidated game development, and console/handheld linking that the report suggests directly, we could also be looking at 3DS exclusive features being compatible with the Wii U (like the pedometer and StreetPass), and Wii U exclusive features being extended to the 3DS (like Miiverse), leading to a more unified and seamless, integrated experience.

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#2 Posted by Capitan_Kid (6700 posts) -
Too bad it doesn't work this hard for it's consoles
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#3 Posted by campzor (34932 posts) -

Further proof, if any was needed, that Nintendo gets handhelds, and that instead of treating them as second class citizens, doomed to get outsourced spin offs of main franchises like some other company I could name, Nintendo views its handheld business to be as important as its console business.

Nintendo will be unifying its previously separated handheld and console development structure under this unified development headquarters. This is Nintendo's first large-scale dev. structural change in 9 years. The unification is being done to promote sharing of know-how, basic skills, and to optimize development. Nintendo also aims to increase linkage between handheld and home consoles, along with raising their (as in their consoles and handhelds') affinity with the internet. Nintendo hopes this structural change will lead to the development of revolutionary new hardware.

In addition to consolidated game development, and console/handheld linking that the report suggests directly, we could also be looking at 3DS exclusive features being compatible with the Wii U (like the pedometer and StreetPass), and Wii U exclusive features being extended to the 3DS (like Miiverse), leading to a more unified and seamless, integrated experience.

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charizard1605

i lol'd

They definitely treat their handheld business better...much better than their console one.

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#4 Posted by charizard1605 (82615 posts) -

They definitely treat their handheld business better...much better than their console one.

campzor
Too bad it doesn't work this hard for it's consolesCapitan_Kid
This is actually true. I wish Nintendo would just go handheld only, they get handhelds like no other company.
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#5 Posted by DarkLink77 (32731 posts) -
[QUOTE="campzor"]

They definitely treat their handheld business better...much better than their console one.

charizard1605
Too bad it doesn't work this hard for it's consolesCapitan_Kid
This is actually true. I wish Nintendo would just go handheld only, they get handhelds like no other company.

But then we'd get terrible Zelda games and no true 3D Marios, so f*ck that.
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#6 Posted by RyanShazam (6498 posts) -
Just bought Pokemon White 2 to prep me for X and Y. Nintendo handhelds are the best!
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#7 Posted by charizard1605 (82615 posts) -
[QUOTE="DarkLink77"] But then we'd get terrible Zelda games and no true 3D Marios, so f*ck that.

The DS Zelda games were bad, but everything before that was top notch.
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#8 Posted by arkephonic (6734 posts) -

Too bad it doesn't work this hard for it's consolesCapitan_Kid

This is exactly what I was thinking. I'm pretty disappointed with my Wii U so far.

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#9 Posted by WiiCubeM1 (4735 posts) -

[QUOTE="DarkLink77"] But then we'd get terrible Zelda games and no true 3D Marios, so f*ck that.charizard1605
The DS Zelda games were bad, but everything before that was top notch.

They weren't bad games in the least, they just weren't OoT.

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#10 Posted by nintendoboy16 (33368 posts) -

[QUOTE="campzor"]

They definitely treat their handheld business better...much better than their console one.

charizard1605

Too bad it doesn't work this hard for it's consolesCapitan_Kid
This is actually true. I wish Nintendo would just go handheld only, they get handhelds like no other company.

And kill them in the long run? You even previously said they view it just as important as each other. :|

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#12 Posted by Led_poison (10146 posts) -
I feel like they(Sony too) need to integrate the andriod/app store games as well. Mobile games sales are insane, if you look at some of the sales figures.
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#13 Posted by nintendoboy16 (33368 posts) -
I feel like they(Sony too) need to integrate the andriod/app store games as well. Mobile games sales are insane, if you look at some of the sales figures. Led_poison
And that would kill whatever reputation they would have left...
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#14 Posted by campzor (34932 posts) -
I feel like they(Sony too) need to integrate the andriod/app store games as well. Mobile games sales are insane, if you look at some of the sales figures. Led_poison
doesnt the ps3/vita have minis, which are essentially android/app games?
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#15 Posted by GD1551 (9645 posts) -

Further proof, if any was needed, that Nintendo gets handhelds, and that instead of treating them as second class citizens, doomed to get outsourced spin offs of main franchises like some other company I could name, Nintendo views its handheld business to be as important as its console business.

charizard1605

Of course they get handhelds, the games are cheap to make, you can rehash the same IPs without people taking too much notice, no effort to bring japanese 3rd parties on board, and you can overprice the games and no one would take notice either.

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#16 Posted by charizard1605 (82615 posts) -

[QUOTE="charizard1605"][QUOTE="campzor"] [QUOTE="Capitan_Kid"]Too bad it doesn't work this hard for it's consolesnintendoboy16

This is actually true. I wish Nintendo would just go handheld only, they get handhelds like no other company.

And kill them in the long run? You even previously said they view it just as important as each other. :|

And I don't. I don't view their console business as important as their handheld business.
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#17 Posted by Haziqonfire (36344 posts) -
Nintendo does the same thing they do with both console and handhelds. The only reason their handhelds seem better is because they get more developer support because Japanese developers flock to handhelds. Western developer support is weak on Nintendo console hardware. I also feel like Nintendo goes through phases where they focus heavily on one platform and less on the other. 2011 was mostly 3DS support and Wii support was almost non-existent and in 2012 3DS support was bare bones and Wii U was the primary focus, but next year looks like it might be a year where they focus on both pretty well, depending on what Nintendo has for Wii U post Q1/Q2 2013.
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#18 Posted by SuperFlakeman (7411 posts) -

[QUOTE="charizard1605"]

Further proof, if any was needed, that Nintendo gets handhelds, and that instead of treating them as second class citizens, doomed to get outsourced spin offs of main franchises like some other company I could name, Nintendo views its handheld business to be as important as its console business.

GD1551

Of course they get handhelds, the games are cheap to make, you can rehash the same IPs without people taking too much notice, no effort to bring japanese 3rd parties on board, and you can overprice the games and no one would take notice either.

Nintendo's 25 year old IPs feel more fresh and innovate more than Sony new IPs.

Good riddance to them and Vita

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#19 Posted by GD1551 (9645 posts) -

[QUOTE="GD1551"]

[QUOTE="charizard1605"]

Further proof, if any was needed, that Nintendo gets handhelds, and that instead of treating them as second class citizens, doomed to get outsourced spin offs of main franchises like some other company I could name, Nintendo views its handheld business to be as important as its console business.

SuperFlakeman

Of course they get handhelds, the games are cheap to make, you can rehash the same IPs without people taking too much notice, no effort to bring japanese 3rd parties on board, and you can overprice the games and no one would take notice either.

Nintendo's 25 year old IPs feel more fresh and innovate more than Sony new IPs.

Good riddance to them and Vita

Ah yes the innovation and freshness of gameplay from the N64 days.

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#20 Posted by SuperFlakeman (7411 posts) -

[QUOTE="SuperFlakeman"]

[QUOTE="GD1551"]

Of course they get handhelds, the games are cheap to make, you can rehash the same IPs without people taking too much notice, no effort to bring japanese 3rd parties on board, and you can overprice the games and no one would take notice either.

GD1551

Nintendo's 25 year old IPs feel more fresh and innovate more than Sony new IPs.

Good riddance to them and Vita

Ah yes the innovation and freshness of gameplay from the N64 days.

Realistic looking, non interactive movie game ftw. And shooters. Lots of them. In the form of TPS and FPS.

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#21 Posted by 2_Quiet_2_Riot (821 posts) -

Makes perfect sense.

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#22 Posted by khoofia_pika (16744 posts) -
[QUOTE="charizard1605"][QUOTE="DarkLink77"] But then we'd get terrible Zelda games and no true 3D Marios, so f*ck that.

The DS Zelda games were bad, but everything before that was top notch.

PH was pretty good.
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#23 Posted by Heil68 (57686 posts) -
That have console development?
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#24 Posted by RR360DD (13643 posts) -
Probably getting ready for a handheld only future. I can't see them surviving much longer with the Wii U
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#25 Posted by GD1551 (9645 posts) -

Realistic looking, non interactive movie game ftw. And shooters. Lots of them. In the form of TPS and FPS.

SuperFlakeman

Ugh.. ok? I'm not sure how proved my statement wrong there.

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#26 Posted by Shinobishyguy (22928 posts) -

[QUOTE="SuperFlakeman"]

Realistic looking, non interactive movie game ftw. And shooters. Lots of them. In the form of TPS and FPS.

GD1551

Ugh.. ok? I'm not sure how proved my statement wrong there.

simple, nintendo's first party efforts on their handhelds trounce sony's

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#27 Posted by GD1551 (9645 posts) -

[QUOTE="GD1551"]

[QUOTE="SuperFlakeman"]

Realistic looking, non interactive movie game ftw. And shooters. Lots of them. In the form of TPS and FPS.

Shinobishyguy

Ugh.. ok? I'm not sure how proved my statement wrong there.

simple, nintendo's first party efforts on their handhelds trounce sony's

Yeah but that has nothing to do with what I said though...

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#28 Posted by Shinobishyguy (22928 posts) -

[QUOTE="Shinobishyguy"]

[QUOTE="GD1551"]

Ugh.. ok? I'm not sure how proved my statement wrong there.

GD1551

simple, nintendo's first party efforts on their handhelds trounce sony's

Yeah but that has nothing to do with what I said though...

the point you were was a pathetic attempt to downplay nintendo's dominance in the handheld market by dismissing their games as rehashes as well as downplaying the effort third parties put into making games
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#29 Posted by GD1551 (9645 posts) -

the point you were was a pathetic attempt to downplay nintendo's dominance in the handheld market by dismissing their games as rehashes as well as downplaying the effort third parties put into making gamesShinobishyguy

What?... :| , how did you even arrive at that conclusion? I merely explained WHY nintendo would invest so much more time and effort into the handheld market.

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#30 Posted by nintendoboy16 (33368 posts) -

Probably getting ready for a handheld only future. I can't see them surviving much longer with the Wii URR360DD
The Wii U has only been out for A COUPLE MONTHS. Give it some damn time!

A merger like this proves that if they go for a handheld only future, they'd be dead in less than a year (of course, knowing you, it's probably something you'd want).

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#33 Posted by SaltyMeatballs (25164 posts) -
This is actually true. I wish Nintendo would just go handheld only, they get handhelds like no other company.charizard1605
F*ck that. I want HD Zelda, Mario, Metroid.
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#34 Posted by NaveedLife (17179 posts) -

[QUOTE="DarkLink77"] But then we'd get terrible Zelda games and no true 3D Marios, so f*ck that.charizard1605
The DS Zelda games were bad, but everything before that was top notch.

This (though I have only played PH so far and it is FAR from bad). And with OoT 3DS who knows what will come next? Maybe the next OoT or MM (not literally but in terms of quality and feel).

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#35 Posted by Drasonak (1515 posts) -
[QUOTE="campzor"]

They definitely treat their handheld business better...much better than their console one.

charizard1605
Too bad it doesn't work this hard for it's consolesCapitan_Kid
This is actually true. I wish Nintendo would just go handheld only, they get handhelds like no other company.

And kill couch multiplayer? **** that. Though, I suppose with how much it costs to buy a system plus four controllers (~$590), buying four 3DSs wouldn't be so bad (~$680), and it would serve a lot better with another screen and a system that can play games on its own. But no one wants to be crouched over like that. I actually have four DSs and four copies of Advance Wars: Days of Ruin, but no one ever wants to play games like that. Maybe because it's more isolated than playing on the same screen as each other.