Will Nintendo’s Home Consoles Ever Get The “Portable Treatment”

Who wouldn't want that grey Wii U?

Who wouldn’t want that grey Wii U?

Nintendo’s portable systems have become exactly like their beloved franchise Pokemon. There have been evolutions of their systems, a plethora of special editions and constant tweaks that have made gamers catch “poke” fever and “gotta catch them all” mentality. From the GBA, GBASP, Gameboy Micro, Gameboy Color, Nintendo DS, DSi, DS Lite, 3DS, 3DSXL, New 3DS, New 3DSXL and the countless special editions, Nintendo sure has given collectors and gamers alike a ton of different options when it comes to purchasing their portable systems.

Nintendo has owned the portable realm for quite a while and we here at MVGN have been wondering; Will Nintendo’s home consoles ever get the “portable treatment”?

Throughout the years, Nintendo has given gamers a number of special editions for their home consoles, just not in the same matter that their portable business has. For every 1 or 2 special edition home consoles, it seems that the big N releases 3 variations on their portable side. Sure it costs money to produce a variation of a home console but if a collector or a serious Nintendo fan has more options for home consoles, they may very well sell a decent amount more. Heck, Nintendo themselves have proven this fact by simply releasing an upgrade to their portable nearly every other year. It helps “refresh” the system, gives the portable longer legs in terms of retail and most importantly, sells more units for Nintendo. We wonder what Nintendo would do if they applied this business model to their home console business, how effective it would be.

I guess we just have been pondering this question for a little while and wanted to see what you guys thought on the subject. Why not treat your home console business in the same way the big N treats their portable business? We think it would only help the company and maybe spark something new in the video game world. Apple has been doing it for years now with their immensely popular iOS devices…. Maybe Nintendo can do the same.

What do you guys think? Thanks for reading.

One Comment

  1. I think that would actually be pretty cool.
    The Wind Waker HD Game Pad is something I’d have loved to own, if I hadn’t already gotten a Wii U.
    But, heck, for something ultra-cool, like a Wii U with a color pallet/mech design similar to a Doll Mech to celebrate the upcoming Xenoblade Chronicles 2, might just convince me to get a new system.

    Though, I think Nintendo could make even better bank if they did for the Wii U what they did for the normal sized New 3DS; invent plates that would snap around the console to give it a bunch of new looks, while also functioning as armor.
    Sturdier than decals and cool to boot.
    I’d love that.

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