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Miyamoto: ‘Nintendo thinking about Wii U/3DS connectivity’

Monday, 5th November 2012 13:25 GMT By Dave Cook

Nintendo is interested in the idea of connection features between Wii U and 3DS, according to Shigeru Miyamoto. But don’t expect it to happen any time soon, if at all.

Speaking with IGN, Miyamoto mulled over the connection between both devices, “Of course we are thinking of the possibility of connecting Wii U and Nintendo 3DS once again. [But] we have challenged connectivity on many occasions, and one of the great lessons we have learned is the simple fact that those who own both are much fewer than those who don’t own both.”

He added, “so what we decided early on when considering the Wii U design was that we had to make it so that every single purchaser of the Wii U is going to have the same play conditions, the same equipment.”

Miyamoto also stressed that aside from people having to own both a Wii U and 3DS in the first place, the number of screens on hand is an issue. He explained that connecting the original Wii and the original DS was a problem due to the DS having two screens, and the Wii only using your television.

However, both the Wii U and 3DS use two screens, which makes the format more compatible, Miyamoto suggested, “If we are going to do that with Wii U and 3DS, there would be three screens to consider.”

“The reason why we were not so eager to do a similar thing between Wii and DS if that it would have become very complicated using two screens on the DS and one screen on the Wii. But of course we are trying to think about a way to expand the experience of 3DS and Wii U when they are connected with each other, one way or the other.”

Would you like to see Nintendo 3DS and Wii U working together on neat new features, or are they best left separate? Let us know below.

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  1. chelleby

    yes please!!! the 3DS could be used as an additional console for the wii U as well as add great co op play options – at this time most households have both a wii and a DS and one game that uses these options well is the Pokemon revolution – need more games like this as well as the ability to continue playing games you start on wii u on the DS when leaving the house . . .

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