Iwata Addresses Possibility of Single Nintendo Hybrid Console: "The Number of Form Factors Might Increase"
Posted on Monday, February 3 @ 08:48:01 Eastern by Alex_Osborn
Ever since Wii U's struggles became readily apparent, gamers have tossed around the idea of Nintendo unifying its hardware efforts under a single device. This hypothetical console/portable hybrid would be able to travel with you on the go and also hook up to the TV, essentially brining all of Nintendo's software efforts under a single room.
Nintendo president and CEO Satoru Iwata addressed this possibility during its latest financial briefing, saying that the company does plan to bring unification to the Nintendo platform as a whole. "Home consoles and handheld devices will no longer be completely different, and they will become like brothers in a family of systems," he explained.
However, the doesn't mean the company won't take a page out of Apple's book and expand its platform across a host of different Nintendo-built devices that offer different form factor options to the consumer.
It's a lot to chew on, and since we're clearly still far off from Nintendo realizing this vision, it's too early to say exactly what Nintendo's hardware strategy will be for the next generation. What do you think the Big N should do? Is it wise to attempt to copy Apple? Is a hybrid console a valid avenue?
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