Changes are afoot at Nintendo, with the Japanese gaming giant set to unify its console and handheld divisions into a single entity. So the Wii U and 3DS, or whatever replace them, will be produced by teams sharing knowledge and technology.
The aim? To speed up the development process, which could mean a quicker turnover of consoles, as well as slicker interaction between the company's portable and lounge-based gaming systems. Which has to be a good thing for gamers.
Nikkei reports that the move is the biggest organisational change in Nintendo for nine years, and will happen in the next month.
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Nintendo is said to be pumping $340 million into the merged operation, opening a new development facility in Kyoto by the end of this year.
The company has been struggling of late, with both the 3DS and Wii U not performing as well as it would have liked. It posted its first ever loss at the end of the last financial year, dropping more than $530 million. In the first half of this financial year, sales were down 7 per cent compared to the year before. Net income was also way down, so it has a lot to do if it wants to turn around its fortunes.