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Guys, the 8th gen has only just begun, and with the latest Nintendo Direct is gearing to be a very exciting generation for the industry.

Lately news emerged that Nintendo was soon merging its home and handheld console R&D divisions. This will lead to a unified R&D division that's double the size of the original, leading to twice the effort in one same area. But the big question is, will this lead to a unified console for the 9th generation? One that would be both portable and home-ready at once?

I believe the answer is yes. 7 years from now you will look back at this thread and realize that I was right, because a Nintendo fan knows Nintendo always plays its game many years in advance, years before we see what's coming, they've imagined it, planned it.

In essence, I predict that Nintendo will release a single, super-deluxe platform for the 9th generation that will be the brainchild of some 300 R&D engineers, and will house the combined efforts of all of Nintendo's studios on one platform.

Why does this matter? Well, if you weren't living under a rock for the past 20 years, Nintendo's handheld presence has been its saving grace throughout its difficult years, and has been a record-breaker for the 7th gen with the DS. The Wii was, after 2 weaker Nintendo home console gens (N64 & cube), able to experience renewed enthusiasm for the brand thanks to its Wiivolution. However, Nintendo's main source of sales strength has always been in its handheld strategy. Simple games, affordable, playable, fun. They've tried to migrate this success to the home console with the Wii first (Stylus to wiimote, casual game, cheap console price) and it worked, and are trying it again with the U.

But what happens when your next platform is so brilliant yet so powerful it can be a handheld and a home console at once, and sold at a reasonable price? That's right. All of the support that was divided onto two platforms can now be merged to one platform for a uber Nintendo experience.

And how would this affect 3rd parties? Well, instead of making some games on the DS and make loads of money, and maybe making some games on the Wii, we have a situation where any game made by a 3rd party is on the platform, no more stigma.

I believe the restructuring is part of a vision at Nintendo, to tackle the mobile/smart tv threat, and unify its console effort for a hefty punch.

What are your thoughts, and bookmark this thread for 2018! :)



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I wish. Because this is the only way we're ever getting a home console Pokemon.



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So I guess the Wii U is just a prototype. Interessant.
I could see this happening. Possibly.



Wow we are getting ahead of ourselves, we just barely started the 8th gen :p

But I agree. Nintendo is definitely working in a lot of possible ways to connect the 3DS and the Wii U and by next gen (obviously the 9th one) Nintendo will want to take it "to the next level". The union of their console and handheld departments in a strong indicator of this.



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Does make sense since they have combined the two teams recently.

Would be awesome way to save money XD.



    

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Prediction: I don't think so.



NintendoPie said:
So I guess the Wii U is just a prototype. Interessant.
I could see this happening. Possibly.

I think so, I think the Wii was a first step, the U was a second step, but now they're taking it to the next level.

N'est-ce pas intéressant? :)

@basil. Indeed, and it would make their platforms look less drought-like.

@Osed. Predictions are like fine wine. The sooner they're stored, the tastier they get. :P

@ Wander_ Care to explain?



Wander_ said:
Prediction: I don't think so.


Prediction: I do think s-- what the hell is that image in your sig for?



happydolphin said:

I think so, I think the Wii was a first step, the U was a second step, but now they're taking it to the next level.

N'est-ce pas intéressant? :)

@basil. Indeed, and it would make their platforms look less drought-like.

@Osed. Predictions are like fine wine. The sooner they're stored, the tastier they get. :P

@ Wander_ Care to explain?

Not very interesting? Is that what you said?



Sounds plausible with future tech and more advanced tablets.