Nintendo is barelly willing to lift a pinky for their current Home console. Why would they expend such efforts and above all money on a home console ever again?
I don't think Nintendo will ever make a traditional console again. Ever :(.
It's fusion or something like it from now on.
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??? You keep saying this, but what reason would they have not to make a traditional console after just one failure. The Wii sold amazingly. I want to hear your reasoning(other than it would make sense because let's be honest, it's nintendo.)
After just one failure? GC, and in lesser extent N64 were also failures. Descreasing sales and support from SNES on to now. Sure you can say the Wii broke the mold of decline, but that's because it reached beyond the usual audience. And even then with that extra audience, the support was low.
So even with the Wii support declined, though sales didn't. The trend simply went on with the Wii U.
Fusion or something like it makes sense because Nintendo clearly doesn't believe in 3rd party support anymore and 3rd parties don't believe in Nintendo either.
With the Handheld / console fusion, they can push with all their teams - no more cross support. And with full First party support, they wouldn't need to depend on western 3rd party. With just Japanese 3rd support alone, which would automatically come since Japen is now handheld, they could build a very strong platform without even any western support. Which is pretty much gone anyway.
A Fusion concept would almost be a generation in itself.
What reason is there to think Nintendo stil believes in a traditional Home console?
Compare the support between GC and Wii U. GC at least had the excuse that Nintendo tried to push it with seeking out 3rd parties. What excuse can we seek with the Wii U? We didn't try at all, would the Wii U's motto
They haven't just given up on the Wii U. This has every sign they gave up on most of the now dominant western 3rd party support for their home console business.
With what actions could they regain western support? Power is no reason (proven by GC), having a long gaming history doesn't matter and even uniqueness failed also (proven by Wii).
The only reason would be big, big money. Buying back either an audience, support or both at the same time. Neither is likely to happen, because Nintendo is losing money big time. Iwata or any other Nintendo president cannot sell that to the shareholders.
Some kind of Fusion idea would the best and cheapest solution to their big problems (and they are big). Having a traditional home console isn't.