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Kristan Reed | 09:34 - 25 April 2013
Phil - I'm really basing that assertion on how much high end tablets tend to retail for. For it to work, it has to be a decent spec - an HD console quality system able to compete at at least the level Wii U is at now, with enough storage, plus the built-in controls, and all the other features that touch screen tablets don't have. None of that comes cheap right now in a small enough form factor, though I'm sure will be cheap, and presumably small enough, in a couple of years.
That's the issue really - Wii U probably came too soon for Nintendo. It didn't know whether to stick or twist, and ended up with this halfway house system that seems to want to bridge the gap between handheld and console, but doesn't quite get there. It could have got there, but to do so would have resulted in a loss-leading system, and that's never a game Nintendo likes to play.
I expect that next time it'll do exactly what we're suggesting. If it doesn't, well....good luck with that!
Phil M | 12:21 - 24 April 2013
Why would they be vast? being a tablet they could get away with a lower spec. You would have a machine that could take ports of 3DS titles, and Wii U titles. It would compliment the 3DS perfectly. Like I said it would mean an end to people comparing their consoles to Sony's and MS's, and they would completely take over the whole unconsole end of the market.
They would of been better off not releasing the Wii U, and holding back for a year or 2 while they developed this new console/tablet.
Kristan Reed | 11:37 - 24 April 2013
That's exactly what Nintendo should do - a hybrid tablet/handheld that you can also play on TV if you want. Kind of like Wii U, but standalone, completely portable and able to wirelessly throw an HD signal to TV when required. I suspect Nintendo would dearly love to do this, but the costs of such a system would be vast. A few years off, I suspect.
Phil M | 11:33 - 24 April 2013
Interesting you mentioned the Cube as that was/is a great machine, I still use mine for Mario Kart.
Every time I see a new release for the 3DS my first thought is that it's a game for the Wii U, the new LHM and Zelda look great, why aren't they on the big screen?
But I just never saw how it was a good thing to release a console that would be perceived to be underpowered (compared to the PS4/720) a year before the new consoles arrived. And release a device which hints at being a tablet but actually isn't one. Strange decisions.
Why not release a true console tablet? a device which can play games on it's large screen (iPad mini size) but can also plug into the TV.
This would shift their competitors from being Sony/MS who will have more powerful machines, to Apple. Everyones always wanted Nintendo games on the mobile, if Nintendo release a console/tablet this could happen.
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