Kotaku: "Could you imagine Nintendo making games that play on both their console and their handheld? Nintendo's top game designer, Shigeru Miyamoto, can. He told me he sees that as a challenge but also an area of opportunity."
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I am a little confused by what he means but I don't know if that is a wise move for a console. It would be cool to just buy one game and it can work on multiple system but you run into issue that plagues mobile gaming and stunts that growth. Also it would make porting (if you sell two different games) easier but there is a hugging limiting factor having scalability and unified platforms (especially when it comes to progression, the amount of RAM is going to be the killer factor here). Sony is getting round this with remote play and honestly think that is the only way to do such a move. Or you develop two different version and give the impression of a uniformed game through cross buy
@iamnsuperman. One idea on the table that Miyamoto referred to in a previous E3 interview is Nintendo unifying their handheld and home consoles (mobile chips are much more powerful.) The two ways of doing this are either an all in one console that is mobile and can be connected to the TV. The other way is two separate Nintendo machines that are exactly the same internally, but one is a handheld size with a screen, the other for home can connect multiple controllers for local multiplayer. I really think this idea will work and will be a massive return to success for Nintendo.
Think ipad and Hdmi dongle for the first option, then sega master system and game gear for second. Would be interesting to see which way they would go.
You guys are absolutely right. Take Wind Waker HD, for example. Not only does off-TV play exist, but it retains all of the second screen functionality by assigning screen-swapping toggle to the minus button. N has already perfected the frame-streaming tech in Wii U, so that's no stretch. I've figured this the no-brainer place Nintendo goes next for a while now, all because it only makes sense. All they really need is a Vita-style device that can put out some kick-ass mobile graphics, then let me pick up playing the same game after dinner that I played on my commute.
Make a 3DS player for the Wii U.
Yes make the 3ds a controller for the wii u with its own screen!!!
This is where Nintendo fusion comes in. I'm guessing a tablet like controller that also doubles as it's own handheld gaming device when away from the system. Something like that. I'm pretty baked.
They didn't think that ahead with the 3DS. They probably thought the Wii U and 3DS were both gonna repeat the 7th gen, and so all that money would drown fan complaints, such as unified accounts. Nintendo SHOULDN'T ponder this idea. Sony's already got this down with PS4-Vita remoteplay. They're jumping the Skylanders bandwagon, now time to also join the cross-buy/cross-play/remotepla y bandwagon. If PS3 and Vita owners of PSASBR were able to battle each other online, there's no reason why the 4DS and Wii U/Wiinext wouldn't be able to do it.
Actually, Sony does not have this down. He is not talking about streaming from one device to the other. He is talking about two machines and having one version of the game that can work on both. They won't be developing two separate versions and they won't just be streaming one version to another piece of hardware. The games will be able to effectively run on both pieces of hardware.
One version of the game is cross-buy. PSABR on both versions are the same game with the same features, except the PS3 version is at 1080p, while the Vita version is at a lower resolution. And with cross-save, you can make progress in one version, then transfer and continue on in the next version. Streaming is basically the same. You don't need a Wi-Fi connection for remoteplay and off-TV play. But first, Nintendo needs to introduce unified accounts between both console and handheld, and make the handheld strong enough to handle the same games as the Wii U if they're not streaming.
There's at least 20 games that run on the vita and ps3 and a few for ps4. Cross buy and cross save have been around for at least 3 years.
You guys still don't understand. With cross buy, you still have two versions of that game, the PS3 and Vita version. The PS3 version does not run on the Vita and the Vita version does not run on the PS3. Miyamoto is talking about one version, not two versions in one package. One version will be able to run on the same platform.
they should go into mobile they would dominate the appstores
They already have games on a device that you can carry around, it is called the 3DS. Perhaps you heard of it? Over 40 million sold to date.
This would be a stupid idea. If a handheld is the same as the console, then there is no point in getting though. Also, if they mean making games that will play on both sytem, then that would mean that the stronger system would be perpetually held back by the weaker one. A unified platform is just a dumb idea to me. I like be able to pick of different devices and getting a different experience from each one.
Whose patents are they going to use? LOL just kidding. I think it's an interesting idea, if they can make it work. They'd really be able to focus all of their developers on creating one pipeline of games which in theory could double their console game output.
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