Nintendo Combining Handheld and Home Console Hardware Divisions
In a report from Nikkei.com, the Japanese website reports that Nintendo is working on combining their handheld and home console hardware divisions into one single department. A translation of the report says:
“In an effort to create more innovative and attractive products, Nintendo Co. will combine the development segments for its home video game consoles and handheld game devices. The decision comes on the heels of recent releases of the Nintendo 3DS portable system in February 2011 and the Wii U home console last month. With more people using their smartphones and tablets for entertainment via the Internet, including games and videos, Nintendo aims to come up with next-generation game systems that will turn heads.”
The merge will bring together 130 employees from the home console division and 150 employees from the handheld division into a single department that suppose to be established on February 16th. Now what does this mean for Nintendo and gamers? Well expect to see more connections between the Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS and future handheld consoles. Maybe you’ll be able to use the 3DS as a controller or play a console game on the go on the 3DS, similar to how the Playstation Vita and PS3 do already.