IGN had the chance to interview renowned game developer Shigeru Miyamoto at E3. In the interview, Miyamoto discusses the possibilities of future Nintendo hardware and the company’s plans going forward. IGN first asked Miyamoto about the likelihood of Nintendo combining their home console and portable devices into one hybrid system. Miyamoto provided the following response:
“Well, we’re always experimenting with a lot of different kinds of new hardware. Certainly, we’ve put a focus more recently on what we can do to better improve the transition from one hardware system to the next. Going from GameCube to Wii, we were able to mature a smooth transition from one to the next in terms of the development environment. But with Wii to Wii U, there were some hurdles there that we had to overcome in making that transition to the new hardware system.”
Miyamoto went on to tell IGN that Nintendo would wait to see if a hybrid device would tie into the company’s product strategy before making a decision:
“The question of whether or not we want to take a portable system and a home console system and decide if maybe, as the computer processing power improves, we could just simply say we’ll stick with a portable and make it something that could also be a home console system is a question that ties directly into product strategy, and is something I can’t really go into detail on,” Miyamoto explained.”
Finally, Miyamoto emphasized that the company’s current focus would be on developing methods to smoothly transition between hardware systems going forward:
“But what I can say is that, for the time being, our focus is really on developing and building these environments that will allow us to have a smooth transition from one hardware system to the next going forward. Other than that, you can look forward to what comes next.”
It seems that Nintendo is certainly aware of the possibility of combining their console and handheld systems into one hybrid device. Whether it makes sense for the company to do so right now or in the near future is something that remains to be seen,as the course Nintendo takes will likely depend on future improvements in technology and what Nintendo feels is in the company’s best interests.