During a financial strategy briefing in Japan on Thursday, Nintendo president Saturo Iwata revealed plans to merge the development of the successors to the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS so they will share similar architectures like the Android and iOS platforms.
According to a series of tweets from analyst David Gibson and a liveblog from the Wall Street Journal, Iwata said that technological gap between consoles and handheld devices have narrowed and that the Wii U and 3DS will become like "brothers" versus the completely separate platforms that exist today and in the past.
Nintendo is already working toward that goal by making Nintendo Network IDs work on both the Wii U and 3DS. The idea is to follow the account model that Microsoft and Sony currently utilize which stays with customers no matter what platform they are on instead of tying games and software to a hardware device.
Iwata stated that Nintendo can no longer support two to three different architectures and that an integrated solution will give the company more options.
As for why Nintendo plans to keep supporting hardware and software, Iwata said that "by combining the hardware and software, we can amplify our strength."
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