Originally Posted by Leo_Ames
Your post is hard to follow but it sounds rather far fetched to me. So they're just going to replace the console itself and not anything else and they've been designing their handhelds and consoles with future compatibility in subsequent generations in mind? That's how your post reads at first.
But then you start talking about a new gamepad. Are you suggesting that Nintendo's next generation of hardware will be combined into one handheld unit? What about discs if physical media still plays a role in their future at that point like it very well may?
And they have two different lines of very different architecture as far as I'm aware, Presumably if the console line is carried over with native playback on their new hardware 5 years or more away from now, you'd still have to emulate the handheld lineup. That's why, for instance, that the Game Boy Player had full GBA guts inside of it. If the GameCube could've just played that software relatively easily, I would assume that only the Z80 for GB/GBC would've been inside. And I really doubt that they're designing things with a fancy Virtual Console in the future in mind.
And the gamepad is the answer to what? They already have a gamepad that does that. What are you saying that a new one will accomplish? And if it's a new gamepad, why does it have to maintain compatibility with the Wii U gamepad? Wouldn't they just use the screens on their new hybrid instead that you're saying would be your future gamepad/console and your future dual screen Nintendo handheld all in one? And why would you set it down for? If it's capable of being used as a handheld independently, wouldn't you just also use it for your controller as well when playing with the video streamed to your tv?
And why would the bottom screen be 4:3 to support the Wii U? The Wii U is very much a 16:9 console and doesn't even really work correctly hooked up to a 4:3 display. And the gamepad's screen is also 16:9..
And why would they release games on cartridges for? Do you know how much more expensive that is than optical media? There's no way that Nintendo which is already utilizing 25 gig optical disc will ever switch to something like flash media. Optical disc are so much more cheaper on a per GB basis. Just a small flash cartridge for the DS cost much more to manufacture than a pressed 25GB Blu-Ray disc.
And why would they use slow speed SD cards for (And I wasn't aware that something like a1TB SD card was even in the works let alone a fraction of that)? I would think they would have a much more modern and efficient type of memory that was built in if your future came to pass with 100% digital distribution with no physical game releases.
And this coming gen or the one after? The current one just started. Isn't it a bit early for all of this? Let alone making predictions on not only the next generation of Nintendo hardware but the generation afterwards?
And there's no way that the Wii U is going anywhere anytime soon. And they've been regularly giving us tidbits of exciting new Wii U hardware so I don't see how you think they're being silent and interpreting that seemingly as an indicator that they're going to pull the plug on the half year old Wii U.
I do think we may see the merging of a dedicated handheld and a console. In a way, the Wii U is a step in that direction with the ability to stream the video feed to the screen on the controller itself. So I think a device that you take with you on the go or hook up at home to your tv is a legitimate possibility.