Nintendo already working on ‘future platforms’ after Wii U/3DS with integrated architecture plans
Nintendo has some interesting plans for their next-gen consoles. No, not the 3DS and Wii U, their consoles to replace those in a few years.
Yes, Nintendo is already talking about the successors to the 3DS and Wii U, albeit in a very minor fashion. When speaking to investors Nintendo President Satoru Iwata said the following:
Last year we also started a project to integrate the architecture for our future platforms. What we mean by integrating platforms is not integrating handhelds devices and home consoles to make only one machine. What we are aiming at is to integrate the architecture to form a common basis for software development so that we can make software assets more transferrable, and operating systems and their build-in applications more portable, regardless of form factor or performance of each platform. They will also work to avoid software lineup shortages or software development delays which tend to happen just after the launch of new hardware.
So Nintendo is planning on making their next-gen handheld (3DS successor) and next-gen home console (Wii U 2?) more compatible with each other. Using the same OS and working together much better.
One area you can see that Nintendo didn’t integrate the 3DS and Wii U together is online functionality. Miiverse still isn’t present on the 3DS and the 3DS still uses friend codes (albeit one per system) whereas the Wii U does not.
Its crazy to hear Nintendo speak about their next-gen plans with 3 to 5 years left to go. The absolute earliest I could see a next-gen handheld is in late 2014. That’s only if they want to replace the 3DS after three years like they did to the Game Boy Advance.
What are your thoughts on Nintendo already preparing for next-next-gen?