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There is another thread on this: http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/thread.php?id=177259

"Nomura analyst now asking why Nintendo revamped its organizational structure to merge consoles and portable devices."

Despite what others in the thread have said, sounds to me like more than just OS or shop unification.



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sabastian said:
Basiclly their following what Sony is doing with the Vita + PS4.
All PS4 games can run on Vita. So going forward, their Next home console games will be unified with their handheld games. 1 version of mario kart can now be played on both consoles, with minimal differences.


No they are just taking what they are already doing one step further. Nintendo was the first to do this. They had connectivity between the DS and GC. You cannot copy something when you were doing it first.



Isn't this already happening? Miiverse has been moved to the 3DS and (I think) Smart Phones by now.



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how will it work?
all games will have 2 specs? the console only and the handheld

but if the developers just do the handheld specs?



I just hope future gens doesn't imply hardware architecture being absolutely the same. If it does it may mean isolating themselves even further from the competition if the competitions is going down the path of PC architecture. I want to see Nintendo go down that path and not into mobile architecture used by android devices atm for the home console part of this hybrid.



 

 

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It is much more than what we have now. It will most likely be a unified API for developing games, so there is no need to make games for both platforms anymore... The concept is: develop once, play everywhere.

It will also likely mean a shared OS platform, no more double-coding of OS and e-shops and whatnot.



It means many games will work on both (most Handheld on Console) and some console on handheld. Basically the articecture will be the same so the only difference will be horsepower.



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It's not hard. They mean the Nintendo Network is going to be one unified thing, across both platforms, carrying over to future systems, and that most likely, you will also get some kind of app to access the Network from your mobile device, so that, say, you can start a download while you're out, and come home later to find it finished and ready to install. If they do things that way, it would work really well.



DevilRising said:
It's not hard. They mean the Nintendo Network is going to be one unified thing, across both platforms, carrying over to future systems, and that most likely, you will also get some kind of app to access the Network from your mobile device, so that, say, you can start a download while you're out, and come home later to find it finished and ready to install. If they do things that way, it would work really well.

It goes way beyond that.

If you read the japanese transcript translated, they are saying that they can no longer afford to double efforts on both platforms and they will be like brothers, which reminds more of the Unity framework which allows a developer to make games on a plethora of platforms using one source code.

It's going to leverage console horsepower where it is, but the API will be cross-platform for Nintendo's consoles. It's only natural to assume the same gap will be bridged in the OS development as well, much like is the case for the iPhone and the iPad.



Cobretti2 said:
I just hope future gens doesn't imply hardware architecture being absolutely the same. If it does it may mean isolating themselves even further from the competition if the competitions is going down the path of PC architecture. I want to see Nintendo go down that path and not into mobile architecture used by android devices atm for the home console part of this hybrid.


Nintendo stopped competing with Sony/MS a long, long time ago (in a direct way anyhow). 

I wouldn't be surprised if some of Yamauchi's final commands to Iwata were to never, ever (under any circumstances) get into a 1-on-1 battle with Sony or especially Microsoft. 

Mobile parts are getting pretty darn powerful these days though, but if you want top of the line graphics performance, that's just not going to be Nintendo. Time to just accept that and move on. Truth be told I don't think Nintendo has much interest in graphics much better than the Wii U anyway. 

I think Nintendo made it pretty darn clear today -- they would rather make fitness shakes and yoga mats before they attempt to get back into the console race and compete head in that type of way. Time to let that dream die.