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Wii U inspired by DS: Miyamoto

Yamauchi's vision led Nintendo to create Wii U

Shigeru Miyamoto has said that the Wii U is a result of former Nintendo President Hiroshi Yamauchi's vision.

According to Miyamoto, everything changed for Nintendo when Yamauchi came up with the concept for the dual-screen DS. From then on, have Nintendo made sure that new consoles are always unique.

Speaking with Hobo Nikkan Itoi Shinbun, Miyamoto said: "When we developed the DS, we started from the question: 'If we make a high spec Game Boy Advance, is it something people will want? If you make the same sort of thing, there's no uniqueness to it. When there's nothing unique, all you get as a result is a price war.

"Mr. Yamauchi had no direct input in the development of the Wii U, but indirectly, you could say his idea from the DS is connected."

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Current Nintendo President Satoru Iwata added: "Even before the DS was born, we often heard Mr Yamauchi say 'Don't do the same as what's been done before' over and over."

It's a philosophy Nintendo has followed from DS to Wii, 3DS and now Wii U.

[ Source: Kotaku ]

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  1. shadow663 Friday 21st Dec 2012 at 11:30

    And Im glad they follow it. Its why I will continue to buy their consoles

  2. Darkblizz Friday 21st Dec 2012 at 11:52

    So we're going to see a WiiU Lite in about a year?

  3. TwilightLink77 Friday 21st Dec 2012 at 14:58

    I have been thinking about this ever since the Nintendo Wii U released in the United Kingdom.
    Surely it wouldn't be too difficult to put all of the Nintendo DS games on the Nintendo Wii U eShop eventually as we have the Wii U Gamepad which can act as the Nintendo DS touch screen with the stylus and then we also have our TV's that can act as the Nintendo DS top screen.

    So Nintendo DS games could sortof work for Wii U downloadable games.

  4. tohaker Friday 21st Dec 2012 at 17:05

    So we're going to see a WiiU Lite in about a year?

    No we won't. For the Wii we got the special edition black wii (which is still around...) - We have that as the Wii U Premium Pack. Then they removed GCN compatibility - That's already gone from the Wii U. Then they released the Wii U. There's nothing else they can really add the main console to make us pay Ł300 again, merely releasing various peripherals for the Gamepad and another Gamepad itself when the time is right.

  5. MartinIsAwesome Friday 21st Dec 2012 at 18:37

    I have been thinking about this ever since the Nintendo Wii U released in the United Kingdom.
    Surely it wouldn't be too difficult to put all of the Nintendo DS games on the Nintendo Wii U eShop eventually as we have the Wii U Gamepad which can act as the Nintendo DS touch screen with the stylus and then we also have our TV's that can act as the Nintendo DS top screen.

    So Nintendo DS games could sortof work for Wii U downloadable games.


    In theory, but the resolution of DS games is quite small so the images woudl be really blurry. Maybe something like HD remakes of DS games could work.

  6. GuitarHero Friday 21st Dec 2012 at 23:54

    Level 5 did not rule out the idea of porting Layton over, but it was not high on their idea list.

    But yeah, it wouldn't be the best idea putting a DS game straight onto the Wii U.

  7. Water Max Friday 4th Jan 2013 at 11:29

    I though that Wii U was going to be like a giant DS when I first saw ZombiU and the Nintendo Land minigame Takamaru's Ninja Castle in the E3 2011 Nintendo presentation.

    I have also thought that the Wii U GamePad may be useful for Virtual Console versions of The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords and Final Fantasy: The Crystal Chronicles if GameCube games are eventually released on the Virtual Console but I do remember that only two GamePads can be connect to the same Wii U at a time so they would need to find a way to substitute the other 2 Game Boy Advances if 4 players want to play such as connecting 3DSs wirelessly to the Wii U.

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