Expect A More Integrated Nintendo In The Future, Says Iwata
It’s been a tough spell for Nintendo as of late — lower-than-expected sales and revenue aren’t a duo any game developer/hardware maker want to see.
Naturally, the conversation has turned to the future of Nintendo. Fire Saturo Iwata! Bankruptcy! Bring Nintendo games to smartphones!
Live-action Pokemon movie! While a fired/resigned Iwata does not seem to be in the cards, Nintendo’s CEO is talking about the future of Nintendo hardware. In a recent investor relations call (found through MyNintendoNews), Iwata touched on how Nintendo is approaching its next-gen hardware.
Last year Nintendo reorganized its R&D divisions and integrated the handheld device and home console development teams into one division…
…currently it requires a huge amount of effort to port Wii software to Nintendo 3DS because not only their resolutions but also the methods of software development are entirely different. The same thing happens when we try to port Nintendo 3DS software to Wii U. If the transition of software from platform to platform can be made simpler, this will help solve the problem of game shortages in the launch periods of new platforms.
Iwata goes on to cite Apple’s strategy as a possible scenario in the future. Namely, selling three or four different consoles or hardware form factors (in this case, Nintendo consoles instead of iPhones, iPads and Macs), but they all pull software and games from the same pool.
Whatever the future holds for Nintendo, one thing is absolutely clear: Whatever hardware Nintendo makes needs to have access to the same collection of games.