In the end, the trajectory of the game industry is going to be shaped by what Nintendo does, for better or worse. In fact, it’s already happening. Microsoft’s Smartglass incorporation and Sony’s PSVita planned connectivity likely wouldn’t have ever been considered had Nintendo not gone in it’s peculiar direction. But whereas these features are implemented simply for Microsoft and Sony to market their consoles as having checked off features from Nintendo’s oddball toy (see Kinect and PlayStation Move as examples of this in the recent past), the Wii U was built from the ground up for tablet integration. It’s not an add-on feature. This is the axis by which the console lives or dies.
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