According to nikkei.com, Nintendo has set forward to combine it’s handheld and console divisions. If this turns up to be true, the 150 employees from handheld development and the 130 from console development will move to a new building in Kyoto, near Nintendo’s HQ. Nintendo hopes that this will create cross-talk between these two teams and create connectivity and cross-play between their handheld and console games.
The following translation is from IGN‘s translation of Nikkei.com’s report.
“Game system development projects are becoming larger and taking longer to complete as the machines become more advanced. Nintendo apparently has its sights set on speeding up these projects by sharing development processes for consoles and handheld devices where possible and by reassigning personnel depending on the situation. It sees interactions between engineers as a potential hotbed of new ideas.
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-generationgame systems that will turn heads.
The two teams will eventually be integrated and the segment will be organized by function, such as circuits, mechanisms and design,” quotes the report.
Such functions are already available with the Wii U, but Nintendo likely hopes to better streamline it’s products by tapping into such online services as Twitter and video sites” – nikkei.com
Well it looks like Nintendo is heading in the right direction this time with interconnectivity this time with the Wii U and 3DS, unlike some past attempts at it. What are your thoughts on this?
(Source: Zelda Informer)