Will the Nintendo Wii U feature Android integration?

April 30, 2012
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Mobile communication is a truly dynamic field. In just a few short years, we’ve witnessed rapid improvements in Ā processors, displays, OS, and networking technology, pushed by ever-increasing demand.Ā With our enthusiasm directed primarily towards mobile tech, it often slips my mind that there are other areas where technology evolves at breakneck speed. Gaming consoles are also going from strength-to-strength, starting from the venerable NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) and Nintendo Gameboy, and evolving into the computing powerhouses that are the modern Nintendo Wii, Xbox Kinect, and PlayStation 3.

It would be a dream come true if these amazing technologies (mobile systems and gaming consoles) would come together. If some rumors are to be believed, that day day might be closer than you think.

According to a report courtesy of VG24/7, Nintendo’s latest console, the Wii U, set to arrive later this year, may feature some form of Android integration, with further speculation suggesting that that it might be completely based on Android. The latter is definitely a longshot, and even the former is just a rumor at this point. But if true, this does open up a world of possibilities, depending on how the integration is fulfilled.

The Nintendo Wii U, announced at last year’s E3, will allow players to continue playing the game on the controller’s 6.2″ screen, after the television set is turned off. Power outage? No problem! It also seems that Nintendo’s next console will feature a dashboard, similar to those on Xbox and Playstation, offering access to Netflix, Youtube, and other online services. I believe that this is where the Android integration might fit in. There a lot of advantages for Nintendo if it goes with some form of Android on its device, such as:

  • Would provide developers a complete Android gaming console to create more graphic intensive games and apps.
  • As mentioned above, Netflix, Youtube, and other online features can easily by supported with Android integration.
  • Could allow access to the Google Play Store.
  • It would give Nintendo the opportunity to create their own emulator apps to access classic Nintendo games on the latest console.

The rumors are given more cred by the report that high-level Android developers were tweeting with Nintendo representatives recently. Granted, the tweets aren’t available to the public eye, so at this point in time, this whole leak is an unsubstantiated rumor, and should definitely be considered with a grain of salt.

Nintendo has been huge in the gaming world for decades now, but many suggest that the gaming giant might be going the way of Nokia (in the smartphone world), and lose theĀ competitionĀ against the incredibly popular Microsoft Xbox and Sony PlayStation consoles. Nintendo is looking to turn things around with the Wii U, and Android integration might be just the push it needs.

What are your thoughts? Which is your gaming console of choice? Would Android integration make you consider buying the Nintendo Wii U? Let us know in the comments section below.

 

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